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Short video of the crew preparing for the Tank Demonstration Weekend - May 21st & 22nd. ... See MoreSee Less

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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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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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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.