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January 27th, 1973. The Vietnam War ends for the United States with the Paris Peace Accords. Read more: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/2023/01/january-27th-1973-vietnam-war-ends-with-paris-peace-accords/ ... See MoreSee Less

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This Friday, 11 AM to 12 PM, join us at the AHM for a wonderful talk about Tank Technologies with former Master Gunner and tank platoon Sergeant Gregg Pomerleau. Mr. Pomerleau will dive deep into the advancement of tank technologies over time, highlighting many tanks currently on display in the museum. No reservations needed. ... 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 Closed Saturday, February 11th for Private Vietnam POW Event

The American Heritage Museum will be closed to the public on Saturday, February 11th for a private Vietnam POW Event. The museum will re-open Sunday, February 12th from 10:00am to 5:00pm and the new Hanoi Hilton POW Exhibit will be open that day for visitors.