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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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Pacific War


LVT(A)-4
– 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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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.