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Hi All! We are looking forward to our first Tank Demo weekend here at AHM this Saturday and Sunday, May 15th & 16th. There will be several WWII tanks operating with accompanying historical narration. All three museums will be open. We will have two very special guests joining us. WWII veterans Alfred Consigli (Sherman gunner in Patton's Army) and Bill Purple (8th AF, 379th lead B-17 pilot) will be here to talk about their experiences during the day. Such an honor to have these guys with us. Hearing their stories is such a rarity and worth the trip alone! Look forward to seeing everyone this weekend. ... See MoreSee Less

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Inside the Hatch Quiz! What tank or vehicle is this? Comment with your answer! #tanks #AmericanHeritageMuseum #militarymuseum #hudsonmass #hudsonma ... See MoreSee Less

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Greetings All! Looking for a neat place to bring Mom for Mother's Day? Come to the American Heritage Museum! All Moms get in for free on Sunday, May 9th. ... See MoreSee Less

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Restoration update on the WWI German 21 cm Mittlerer Minenwerfer - heavy trench mortar. Sandblasting finished and working on the wood spokes for the wheels. Paint soon to follow. ... See MoreSee Less

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Current restoration project: WWI German 17 cm mittlerer Minenwerfer - heavy trench mortar. Once complete this will go next to the Panzer 1 tank in the War Clouds exhibit. Picture shows sandblasting in preparation for paint. ... 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 Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. We are following State of MA COVID-19 visitor capacity limits as of March 1st to 50% of maximum museum capacity, allowing up to 500 persons inside the building at any given time and all sanitizing protocols as outlined by the state.