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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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Just a reminder, the American Heritage Museum will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but the museum WILL be open on Wednesday, November 25th and Friday, November 27th as well as Saturday and Sunday. We are open 10am to 5pm each day and our museum gift shop is fully stocked for your holiday gift giving! Or, buy online at: www.collingsfoundation.org/shop/ ... See MoreSee Less

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The American Heritage Museum is proud to unveil our newest historic artifact on display within the Pacific War Gallery... the Curtiss P-40B Tomahawk s/n 41-13297. It is the last surviving fighter aircraft from the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941, 79 years ago next month. We invite you to visit and see this historic, original aircraft on display today! Read more at:
www.americanheritagemuseum.org/2020/11/last-surviving-fighter-from-pearl-harbor-on-display-at-the...
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With over 65,000 square feet of well ventilated, climate controlled indoor space allowing for safe social distancing, the American Heritage Museum in Hudson, MA is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm each day. Visitors and staff are required to wear facemasks at all times. For more information and ticket pre-purchase, please visit www.americanheritagemuseum.org/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Defense of the Reich


8.8 cm Flak 36
– GER | ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUN

Sd.Kfz. 8 12 TON – GER | PERSONNEL CARRIER/PRIME MOVER

Kommandogerrat 38 – GER | FIRE CONTROL COMPUTER

Flak Battery Generator – GER | ANTI-AIRCRAFT BATTERY SUPPORT

Flak Battery Searchlight – GER | ANTI-AIRCRAFT BATTERY SUPPORT

V-1 (“JB-2 Loon” – Suspended) – GER | GUIDED MISSILE

The Defense of the Reich (also known in German as Reichsverteidigung) was the name given to the strategic defensive aerial campaign fought by the Luftwaffe air arm of the combined Wehrmacht armed forces of Nazi Germany over German-occupied Europe and Nazi Germany during World War II. Its aim was to prevent the destruction of German civilians, military, and civil industries by the Western Allied bombing campaigns. The day and night air battles over Germany during the war involved thousands of aircraft and aerial engagements to counter the Allied strategic bombing campaign. The Luftwaffe fighter force defended the airspace over German-occupied territory against attack, first by RAF Bomber Command and then against the United States Army Air Forces.

The constant night bombing by the RAF and daylight attacks by the USAAF added to the destruction of a major part of the German’s industries and cities, which caused the economy to collapse in the winter of 1944–45. It also pulled nearly two million Germans into defense of the homeland and diverted critical, dual-purpose 88 mm guns from an anti-tank role in the east against the advancing Red Army to an antiaircraft role inside Germany itself. By this time, the Allied armies had reached the German border and the strategic campaign became fused with the tactical battles over the front, while also completing a deliberate and methodical Allied campaign of punishment of all of Germany by destruction of German cities and civilian morale. The air campaign continued until April 1945, when the last strategic bombing missions were flown, ending just before the surrender of Germany on May 8th.

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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.