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Just a heads up to all visitors, on Saturday, June 4th, the American Heritage Museum will be closing early at 3:00pm for a private event taking place in the museum. We will be open normal hours on Sunday, June 5th. ... See MoreSee Less

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Coming up this weekend, May 21-22, is our first Special Event Weekend of the season... Tank Demonstration Weekend at the American Heritage Museum in Hudson, MA! See the M4 Sherman and M24 Chaffee along with special demos by the M22 Locust, M18 Hellcat, and M26 Pershing at the American Heritage Museum. All three museum buildings will be open including the hangar and car museum! More information and tickets at: ow.ly/4JkV50J9cgZ ... See MoreSee Less

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Latest on the M36 Jackson restoration - Turret and gun have been sanded down and received a fresh coat of primer. ... See MoreSee Less

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If you didn't catch the feature on WBZ CBS Channel 4 in Boston yesterday, you can watch it online today at this link! Our sincere thanks to the WBZ | CBS Boston team and Kate Merrill WBZ for visiting! boston.cbslocal.com/2022/05/12/it-happens-here-hudson-american-heritage-museum-wbz-tv/At the American Heritage Museum in Hudson, the focus is not celebrating our conflicts but making sure we don't repeat the mistakes of the past. ... 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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Saturday, January 29th - MUSEUM CLOSED DUE TO SNOWSTORM

The American Heritage Museum is closed today due to the Nor'easter snow storm currently being experienced in the region. We anticipate reopening on Sunday, January 30th from 10am to 5pm if all conditions improve.