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Work continues on the Panzer 1 restoration. Hull was prepped for paint. Turret is nearing completion. Tracks have been restored and now back on. We hope to have the proper magneto in soon and get the engine running. Also working on getting the electrical generators for the radios working as well. Dick and the crew are aiming for an April 15th debut. ... See MoreSee Less

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Late February through March the American Heritage Museum will focus on the Battle for Iwo Jima. For more information see:
www.americanheritagemuseum.org/2021/02/ahm-spotlight-battle-of-iwo-jima/
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Come and see our newest addition to the War on Terror Gallery at the American Heritage Museum, the AM General M1114 HMMWV, an up-armored version of the "Humvee" light utility vehicle widely used by the U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. This vehicle is currently on display loan courtesy of a supporter of the American Heritage Museum. See it and the M1A1 Abrams main battle tank on display with over 95 other rare tanks and military vehicles spanning history from the Revolutionary War through today! Open Wednesday through Sunday each week from 10am to 5pm. Visit information at: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/plan-your-visit/hours-admission/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Join American Heritage Museum's docent Tom Cox as he talks about the notorious German 8.8 cm Flak 36 cannon ... 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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