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HOLIDAY HOURS AT THE AMERICAN HERITAGE MUSEUMJust a reminder, we will be open on Wednesday, Nov. 24th but we will be closed on Thanksgiving Day - Thursday, Nov. 25th. We will be OPEN on Friday, Nov. 26th and open through the weekend (11/27-11/28) - so, if you're looking for an activity for visiting family, please make the AHM a destination!Another reminder that the AHM will be CLOSED to the general public on Saturday, December 4th and will be only open to ticket holders for the WWII Symposium that day. For more details about that event (tickets on sale until Nov 26) at www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/ihi-ahm-symposium-reconsidering-pearl-harbor/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Saturday, December 4th, the American Heritage Museum will host a WWII symposium: Pearl Harbor - Inevitable or Infamy? The P-40 Tomahawk - world's last fully restored and flying fighter that survived the attack on Pearl Harbor - will be the backdrop. This is an exclusive catered event with a stellar line-up of speakers. Deadline for tickets is Friday, November 26th. For tickets and more information see: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/ihi-ahm-symposium-reconsidering-pearl-harbor/ ... See MoreSee Less

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We hope you will join us at the AHM this Friday for a talk by author Dr. Steven Eames on his book Rustic Warriors. Starts at 1:00 PM. Standard museum admission. For more information see: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/speaker-series-rustic-warrior-by-dr-steven-eames/ ... See MoreSee Less

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The American Heritage Museum welcomes our veteran community this coming Thursday, November 11th, in celebration of Veterans Day. Museum admission is free on Veterans Day for all veterans and active duty personnel from 10:00am to 5:00pm on Thursday. Please bring your VA ID card or DoD DD 214/215 for verification. Please join us at 11:00am for a special ceremony in the museum in remembrance of all who have served. Advance purchase of tickets is not necessary, please purchase or verify admission at the front desk. ... See MoreSee Less

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*Special Event:WWII Symposium at AHM - December 4th.Pearl Harbor - Inevitable or Infamy?On December 7th, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service attacked the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor. The assault would plunge the United States into a second world war that ultimately resulted in the deaths of over 418,000 Americans and an unfathomable 70 to 80 million worldwide. Coined by President Roosevelt as the “day of infamy,” the attack on Pearl Harbor and declarations of war on the United States four days later by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy propelled the United States into a war on two sides of the world – the Pacific and European theaters.Now, 80 years later, the attacks on Pearl Harbor still invoke feelings of patriotism and sadness. Our country changed forever after December 7th, 1941. The history that leads to this pivotal moment and its aftermath continues to affect our world’s nations, democracies, and civic order.The American Heritage Museum will host an extraordinary symposium called “Pearl Harbor – Inevitable or Infamy.” During this exclusive day-long discussion we will explore what lead up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the major battles that ensued and its aftermath.This is a special event exclusive to symposium participants. Lunch will be served as well as coffee and refreshments and personal tours through the amazing American Heritage Museum are part of the event. For tickets and more information see: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/ihi-ahm-symposium-reconsidering-pearl-harbor/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Battle of the Bulge


Jagdpanzer 38 Hetzer
– GER | TANK DESTROYER

M4A3E2 Sherman “Jumbo” – USA | TANK

M16 Half-Track / M45 Quadmount – USA | PERSONNEL CARRIER/ANTI-AIRCRAFT

M5 3-inch Gun – USA | ANTI-TANK GUN

M5A1 13 ton High-Speed Tractor – USA | ARTILLERY TRACTOR

M8 Scott – USA | HOWITZER MOTOR CARRIAGE

After the breakout from Normandy at the end of July 1944, and the Allied landings in southern France on August 15th, 1944, the Allies advanced toward Germany’s borders very quickly. But then a rapid thrust into the Netherlands was blocked by recovering German forces, compelling the Allies to retreat out of Holland. The British slowly retook the Scheldt estuary to allow use of the key port of Antwerp. Canadians advanced a second time into the Netherlands in hard winter fighting. American and French armies attacked the fortified Siegfried Line and Metz farther south, while other Americans bogged down in close and bloody fighting in the Huertgen Forest. The nearby Ardennes Forest, where Americans had fought Germans in WWI in 1918, looked to be a quiet sector. It soon turned into a bloody battle zone when the German Army launched a surprise counterattack.

The Battle of the Bulge, named for the bulge in American lines created by the German attack, is also known as the Ardennes Offensive. It was the last major German offensive campaign on the Western Front during World War II. It took place from December 16th, 1944 to January 25th, 1945. It was launched through the densely forested Ardennes region of eastern Belgium, northeast France, and Luxembourg. The offensive was intended to stop Allied use of the Belgian port of Antwerp and to split the Allied lines, allowing the Germans to divide the Allied armies and stave off looming defeat for a little while longer. If the attack were to succeed in capturing Antwerp, four complete armies would be trapped without supplies behind German lines. Unfortunately for German ambitions, they did not have the tanks, aircraft, fuel or offensive punch left to even reach Antwerp. Still, many men would die trying while others died to stop them, then force defeat on the Nazi regime.

American forces bore the brunt of the attack and incurred their highest casualties of any operation during the war. The battle also severely depleted Germany’s armored forces and all but eliminated the last of its air forces (Luftwaffe). The Germans’ initial attack involved 410,000 men; just over 1,400 tanks, tank destroyers, and assault guns; 2,600 artillery pieces; 1,600 anti-tank guns; and over 1,000 combat aircraft. Around 98,000 Germans were killed, missing, wounded in action, or captured. For the Americans, out of a peak of 610,000 troops, 89,000 became casualties. Over 19,000 were killed.  The “Bulge” was one of the largest and bloodiest single battle fought by the United States in World War II and the third-deadliest campaign in American history (behind the Battle of Normandy 1st, and the Meuse–Argonne offensive that was a major part of the final Allied offensive of World War I that stretched along the entire Western Front).

During World War II, most U.S. black soldiers in Europe still served only in maintenance or service positions, or in segregated units, although a black combat division saw extensive action against the Japanese in Burma. Because of troop shortages during the Battle of the Bulge, Eisenhower decided to integrate the service for the first time. This was an important step toward a desegregated United States military, although that did not formally take place until after the war ended. More than 2,000 black soldiers volunteered to carry rifles and go to the front. Others served a vital role as drivers of supply trucks that ran 24 hours a day in the “Red Ball Express.” The 761st tank battalion was the first African American tank battalion to see combat in World War II. The “Black Panthers” received nearly 400 combat decorations, fighting in France, in Belgium during the Bulge, and ending the war in south Germany and Austria.

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