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As you make plans for your #GivingTuesday donations on Facebook, please consider supporting the living history mission of the Collings Foundation and American Heritage Museum! Though 2020 has been a challenge for our nation, we have accomplished so much because of supporters like you... and we hope you can help us to do even more in 2021. You can click on the Facebook campaign at: www.facebook.com/donate/888972571932577/ , or make a direct gift at: www.collingsfoundation.org/giving/annual-fund/ - thank you in advance for your support! ... See MoreSee Less

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Hello from the American Heritage Museum! In honor of the 79th Pearl Harbor Day, we will be open Monday, December 7th from 10 AM to 5 PM. We just moved the last flying fighter from the attack on Pearl Harbor (P-40B Tomahawk) to the Pacific War exhibit and is on display. Hope we see you soon. ... See MoreSee Less

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Good morning everyone! Hope all of you had a nice Turkey day. We just added a bunch of nice Cobi building block models to our online store, among other neat items. The revenue generated from store sales help us in a big way. Hope you will pick something nice for the holidays while supporting the Collings Foundation and American Heritage Museum. When shopping add discount code "Holiday2020" to save 10% on your purchase.
Link to the store: www.collingsfoundation.org/shop/

From all of us at the American Heritage Museum and Collings Foundation - Happy and Healthy Holidays!
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Get your holiday shopping done early through the American Heritage Museum and Collings Foundation ONLINE Gift Shop! Get an online exclusive 10% off most gift shop items through December 25th with the Coupon Code "Holiday2020" at checkout and help support our living history mission with your purchase! Shop at www.collingsfoundation.org/shop/ ... See MoreSee Less

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D-Day


Cromwell I –
UK | TANK

                   LCVP “Higgins Boat” – USA | LANDING CRAFT

Churchill Crocodile – UK | FLAME THROWER TANK

QF 6-pounder – UK | ANTI-TANK GUN

Bren Gun Carrier (Universal Carrier) – UK | LIGHT PERSONNEL CARRIER

Allied plans for a cross-Channel invasion of what Hitler called his “Fortress Europe” began to ramp up in 1943. Erwin Rommel took charge of defense operations along the Atlantic coast of occupied Europe. Hitler charged Rommel with completing the so-called Atlantic Wall, a 2,400-mile fortification of bunkers, landmines, beach and water obstacles.

Code-named Operation Overlord, the Battle for Western Europe began on D-Day (June 6th, 1944).  Nearly 156,000 American, British, Canadian, Polish and Free French forces landed on five beaches (two American, two British, one Canadian) along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region.

The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning, a huge logistical effort, special feats of engineering, and probably most important, close cooperation among the armies, navies and air forces of all the participating Allied nations. The Normandy landings have been called the beginning of the end of the war in Europe. In fact, they marked the beginning of a new and far more deadly phase, lasting over 11 months.

Operation Neptune – the naval component of Operation Overlord – was organized and commanded by British Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay, the same man who oversaw the 1940 evacuation of the British Expeditionary Forces from the Dunkirk beaches. Neptune would be the largest seaborne invasion in history, only exceeded by the invasion of Okinawa the following year. The invasion fleet was drawn from eight different navies and involved 196,000 naval personnel and 6,939 vessels ranging in size from Higgins boats to battleships.

By dawn on June 6, thousands of paratroopers and glider troops were already on the ground behind enemy lines, securing bridges and exit roads. The amphibious invasions began at 6:30 a.m. The British and Canadians overcame opposition to capture beaches code-named Gold, Sword, and Juno, as did the Americans at Utah Beach. U.S. forces faced the heaviest resistance and most difficult terrain under the cliffs of Omaha Beach, where there were over 2,000 American casualties. However, by day’s end, approximately 156,000 Allied troops had successfully stormed Normandy’s beaches. According to some estimates, more than 4,000 Allied troops lost their lives in the D-Day invasion, with thousands more wounded or missing. Perhaps 6,000 Germans were killed, with many more wounded or surrendering to advancing Allied forces. It took even heavier fighting, against German reinforcements and several Panzer divisions, to secure the Normandy landing sites by June 11.  By the end of August 1944, the Allies had reached the Seine River, Paris was liberated, and the German army was running for the Rhine, abandoning tanks and trucks and other equipment after its bloody defeat at Falaise. But then the Allies went ‘a bridge too far’ in the Netherlands and suffered a hard defeat, and more slogging around Metz. The armies settled into the forests and hills that straddled the Rhine, fighting a slower, more grinding kind of war into the last months of 1944. The war would not be ‘over by Christmas.’ It would continue all winter and into the late spring of 1945.

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Museum Re-Opens Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

As a part of the Reopening Massachusetts Phase III, the American Heritage Museum will be re-opening to the public on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 and will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm. All visitors will be required to wear face masks while visiting the indoor spaces per state requirements.