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The American Heritage Museum will be open all week from April 15-21 from 10am to 5pm daily for MA Spring Break Week! The Highland Street Foundation is providing free admission to the museum on Tuesday, April 16 for all visitors too! (no registration required). For all other days, save $2 per ticket by buying your tickets online at: ahmus.me/save2..#museum #familyfun #PatriotsDay #historymuseum #boston #visitma #WeAreMetroWest #metrowestma #metrowestboston #hudsonma #thingstodoinboston ... See MoreSee Less
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The American Heritage Museum will welcome a new addition to our Pacific Theater gallery in July - the Grumman / General Motors FM-2 Wildcat BuNo 57039 currently under an amazing restoration effort by the volunteers and staff of the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, MI. The Wildcat will be on long-term loan from the National Naval Aviation Museum and will be unveiled during our WWII in the Pacific Re-Enactment Weekend on July 13-14. Read the full story: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/2024/04/american-heritage-museum-to-welcome-newly-restored-general... ... See MoreSee Less
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Reminder - We are hosting a terrific presentation and special tour by Gregg Pomerleau this Friday, March 29th, 1 to 4 p.m. Gregg is an AHM docent and former Master Gunner and tank platoon Sergeant.Hear Gregg discuss the history and technologies of tanks and how the concepts of building a better tank has advanced over the millennia. As part of this special presentation, Gregg will take participants on a personal tour through the American Heritage Museum’s collection to point out specific features on the tanks that he is highlighting in his talk. More information see: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/special-presentation-tank-technologies/ ... See MoreSee Less
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See our new American Heritage Museum shorts Youtube video channel hosted by the dynamic brothers Andrew and Matthew Ford. Here they feature compelling videos about the finer details in AHM's collection. Some of their segments include how to operate a M3 GMC gun breech, background on the Borgward B IV, why the IS-2's gun is so large and many more. See: www.youtube.com/channel/UCmqC1zBHV0EWZtdEQEhRCww or @AmericanHeritageMuseumShorts. ... See MoreSee Less
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Pacific War


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– USA | LANDING VEHICLE

Type 4 Ho-Ro – JAP | SELF PROPELLED HOWITZER

M4A3 Sherman – USA | TANK

M29 Weasel – USA | PERSONNEL CARRIER

Daimler Mk.2 – UK | ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIER

M3 A75mm Gun Motor Carriage – USA | HALF-TRACK

Model 97 Towed Gun – JAP | ARTILLERY

Curtiss P-40B Tomahawk – USA | AIRCRAFT – PURSUIT (To be added)

On December 7, 1941, Japan staged a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, severely damaging the US Pacific Fleet. When Germany and Italy declared war on the United States days later, America found itself in a global war. Japan launched a relentless assault that swept through the US territories of Guam, Wake Island, and the Philippines, as well as British-controlled Hong Kong, Malaya, and Burma.

The Pacific Theater was a major theater of the war between the Allies and the Empire of Japan during WWII. It was defined by the Allied powers’ Pacific Ocean Area command, which included most of the Pacific Ocean and its islands, while mainland Asia was excluded, as were the Philippines, the Dutch East Indies, Borneo, Australia, most of the Territory of New Guinea and the western part of the Solomon Islands.

In the Pacific Ocean theater, Japanese forces fought primarily against the United States Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army. The United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and other Allied nations also contributed forces.

The ‘Pacific Theater’ officially came into existence on March 30, 1942, when US Admiral Chester Nimitz was appointed Supreme Allied Commander Pacific Ocean Areas. In the other major theater in the Pacific region, known as the South West Pacific theater, Allied forces were commanded by US General Douglas MacArthur. Both Nimitz and MacArthur were overseen by the US Joint Chiefs and the Western Allies Combined Chiefs of Staff.

Most Japanese forces in the theater were part of the Combined Fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy, which was responsible for all Japanese warships, naval aircraft, and marine infantry units. The Rengō Kantai was led by Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, until he was killed in an attack by U.S. fighter planes in April 1943. Yamamoto was succeeded by Admiral Mineichi Koga and Admiral Soemu Toyoda. The General Staff of the Imperial Japanese Army was responsible for Imperial Japanese Army ground and air units in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific.

Though the United States won the last major battle of Okinawa, the American government decided that to keep fighting Japan would cause too many additional deaths. To try and end the war, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The blasts killed over 129,000 people and left behind radiation that affected the cities for years after.

On August 15th, 1945, Japan surrendered and, on September 2nd, signed the formal documents to put an end to the war.

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OPEN SPRING BREAK WEEK - April 15-21

The American Heritage Museum will be open for MA Spring Break Week (April 15-21) including Monday, April 15th and Tuesday, April 16th. Open daily from 10am to 5pm. Free Admission Day on Tuesday, April 16th funded by a grant from the Highland Street Foundation's Spring Week 2024 Program.