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Some of our volunteers have recently graduated from high school and heading off to college. We asked them some questions of what inspired them to volunteer, what their interests are and most fond memories. Click on link below to read their responses. Congratulations to our recent graduates! We wish them great success in their pursuits.www.americanheritagemuseum.org/2022/06/graduating-ahm-volunteers-answer-questions/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Tank rides for Father’s Day are still available at the Fathers Day weekend event at the American Heritage Museum in Hudson, MA - details at: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/tanks-wings-wheels-fathers-day-june-2022/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Getting the vintage autos ready for the American Elegance show at 1:00pm today at the American Heritage Museum! Come out and join us today and tomorrow for Father’s Day in Hudson, MA! Info and tickets at: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/tanks-wings-wheels-fathers-day-june-2022/ ... See MoreSee Less

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www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/tanks-wings-wheels-fathers-day-june-2022/Seeing the 1927 Rolls Royce Springfield Phantom I / Phaeton out in the sunshine is a true visual splendor! See this automobile and many other beautiful classic cars during our American Elegance exposition this weekend. Show starts at 1:00 PM. Help spread the word! See you soon. ... See MoreSee Less

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Looking for a great Father's Day Gift? There's still plenty of availability for an afternoon World War II Tank Ride on either the M4 Sherman or the M24 Chaffee on Saturday, June 18th or Sunday, June 19th! Book online at ahmus.me/fdrides - Rides for up to three (3) people on the M24 Chaffee is $595 total and up to two (2) people on the M4 Sherman is $595 total. Both are tax-deductible donations as the American Heritage Museum is a 501c3 non-profit museum. Should be an AMAZING weekend for a tank ride! ... See MoreSee Less

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Italian Campaign


M3A1 Scout Car
– USA | PERSONNEL CARRIER/RECON

M5A1 Stuart – USA | LIGHT TANK

VW Kübelwagen Type 82 – GER | RECON CAR

Schwimmwagen Type 166 – GER | AMPHIBIOUS PERSONNEL CARRIER/RECON

2 cm Flak 38 – GER | ANTI-AIRCRAFT GUN

The Italian Campaign lasted from 1943 to 1945. It is estimated that between September 1943 and April 1945, 60,000–70,000 Allied and over 100,000 German soldiers died. The invasion of Sicily in July 1943 led to the collapse of the Fascist Italian regime and the fall of Mussolini who was incarcerated on July 25th, 1943. German forces soon took control of northern and central Italy.  Mussolini, who was rescued from captivity by German paratroopers. Hitler assisted Mussolini in setting up a puppet state, the Italian Social Republic, to administer the German-occupied territory. Italy fell into a civil war even as Allied and German armies clashed on its territory.

U.S. and British political leaders hoped that an invasion might knock Italy out of the war. The defeat of Italy would enable Allied naval forces, principally the Royal Navy, to dominate the Mediterranean Sea, securing the lines of communications with Egypt and Asia while forcing Axis divisions to transfer troops from the Eastern Front to defend Italy.  This assistance had been promised to the Soviet Union, then facing the great majority of German and also Italian troops.

The land forces involved were the US 7th Army under General George Patton, and the British 8th Army, under General Bernard Montgomery. They started with the liberation of Sicily in 1943. Allied forces continued with the invasion of mainland Italy which precipitated the fall of Mussolini’s government and also provoked a German invasion o the north that blocked the Allies from Rome.

Mountainous Italy was  a hard place to fight and mistakes were made by both sides, even before the main focus of fighting in Western Europe shifted to France in June, 1944. The result was that difficult, hardscrabble fighting in Italy lasted almost the the end of WWII.

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MUSEUM CLOSING AT 3:00PM TODAY (Sat. June 4th)

The American Heritage Museum will be closing early at 3:00pm today, Saturday, June 4th, for a private event. The museum will be open normal hours (10am to 5pm) on Sunday, June 5th.