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As you make plans for your #GivingTuesday donations on Facebook, please consider supporting the living history mission of the Collings Foundation and American Heritage Museum! Though 2020 has been a challenge for our nation, we have accomplished so much because of supporters like you... and we hope you can help us to do even more in 2021. You can click on the Facebook campaign at: www.facebook.com/donate/888972571932577/ , or make a direct gift at: www.collingsfoundation.org/giving/annual-fund/ - thank you in advance for your support! ... See MoreSee Less

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Hello from the American Heritage Museum! In honor of the 79th Pearl Harbor Day, we will be open Monday, December 7th from 10 AM to 5 PM. We just moved the last flying fighter from the attack on Pearl Harbor (P-40B Tomahawk) to the Pacific War exhibit and is on display. Hope we see you soon. ... See MoreSee Less

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Good morning everyone! Hope all of you had a nice Turkey day. We just added a bunch of nice Cobi building block models to our online store, among other neat items. The revenue generated from store sales help us in a big way. Hope you will pick something nice for the holidays while supporting the Collings Foundation and American Heritage Museum. When shopping add discount code "Holiday2020" to save 10% on your purchase.
Link to the store: www.collingsfoundation.org/shop/

From all of us at the American Heritage Museum and Collings Foundation - Happy and Healthy Holidays!
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Get your holiday shopping done early through the American Heritage Museum and Collings Foundation ONLINE Gift Shop! Get an online exclusive 10% off most gift shop items through December 25th with the Coupon Code "Holiday2020" at checkout and help support our living history mission with your purchase! Shop at www.collingsfoundation.org/shop/ ... See MoreSee Less

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North Africa


M3 Lee
– USA | TANK

Matilda MK.II – UK | TANK

Sd.Kfz 10 1-Ton – GER | PERSONNEL CARRIER/PRIME MOVER

Leichter Panzerspähwagen SdKfz 222 – GER | SCOUT ARMORED CAR

BMW R75 & Sidecar – GER | MOTORCYCLE & SIDE CAR

7.5 cm Pak 40 – GER | ANTI-TANK GUN

The North African Campaign of the Second World War started June 10th, 1940, when Fascist Italy declared war on Britain and France. It lasted until May 13th, 1943, when the last Axis troops in Africa surrendered in Tunisia, including the defeated Afrika Korps sent by Hitler to prop up his faltering Italian ally.

The United States officially entered the war against Germany on December 11, 1941. Struggling against Japan while arming and training its brand new mass armies in haste, the United States began direct military assistance to Allied forces in North Africa on May 11th, 1942. Canada provided a small contingent of 348 officers and enlisted. Australians, Indians, and South Africans also fought under British command in Egypt and Libya, where Britain’s 8th Army and the ‘Desert Rats’ were led by General Montgomery. Meanwhile, Free French forces struck out for North Africa from deep inside West Africa, as the Allies sought to drive the Axis out of Africa as a preliminary to the invasion of Italy and Germany.

The training, build-up, and transport of green American forces took time. While tanks and troops were supplied to the British, large numbers of American troops did not arrive in North Africa to join in the Allied effort until the start of Operation Torch in November, 1942. With some American material assistance, including tanks and aircraft and intelligence assets, British and Commonwealth forces fought the Axis in campaigns in the Libyan and Egyptian deserts (Western Desert Campaign). Anglo-American landings in Morocco and Algeria (Operation Torch), as well as Tunisia (Tunisia Campaign) book-ended a coordinated Allied strategy of driving and squeezing the last Axis armies in North Africa from east and west, until their total defeat and surrender in Tunisia May 1943.

The battle for North Africa was primarily a struggle for control of the Suez Canal and access to oil from the Middle East and raw materials from Asia, but also an effort to drive Italy out of the war as a prelude to invasion of southern Europe and a planned bombing campaign against Germany. It was the place German and American armies first faced off against each other. After early and terrible losses to the Germans, soldiers from America joined the ongoing Allied effort in North Africa and helped turn the tide of war decisively against the Axis. Next would come landings in Sicily and southern Italy. Based in a secured North Africa, bombers and invading armies would next bring the war home to the heartlands of the fascist nations themselves.

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Museum Re-Opens Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

As a part of the Reopening Massachusetts Phase III, the American Heritage Museum will be re-opening to the public on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 and will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm. All visitors will be required to wear face masks while visiting the indoor spaces per state requirements.