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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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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 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.