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Come on out to the American Heritage Museum on Halloween Day, Sunday, October 31st from 10am to 5pm for Tank or Treat at the Museum! Trick or Treating with candy at your favorite tanks, activities, and photo opportunities galore! Any kids in costume get free admission with at least one adult / veteran / senior standard admission. See more at: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/tank-or-treat-halloween-at-the-american-heritage-museum/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Please join us at the American Heritage Museum this Friday, October 22nd for an interesting talk on the botanical history of WWII. No reservations needed. Standard admission. More information see: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/speaker-series-plants-go-to-war-a-botanical-history-of-world... ... See MoreSee Less

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The American Heritage Museum wishes to thank ALL of our visitors to the 2021 Battle for the Airfield World War II Re-Enactment weekend for experiencing a fantastic weekend of living history with us here in Hudson/Stow, MA! It was one of the best event weekends we have had and we thank everyone for making it a safe and fun event after a challenging year for all of us.A special thank you goes out to our volunteer re-enactors from all over the region who share their time, collections, and knowledge with all of us. Their passion for keeping history alive is clearly evident through their dedication to accurately portraying veterans from World War II on both the Allied and Axis sides. Without their help, the Battle for the Airfield truly would not be possible. And last, but certainly not least, a well deserved thank you goes out to the volunteers and staff of the American Heritage Museum. Their tireless support in planning, setting up, staffing, and cleaning up after all of our special event weekends each season is truly incredible. Thank you for your dedication to our mission and being here to answer the call. Just like a tank cannot fight without the crew; the museum could not operate without our volunteers... We look forward to a wonderful 2022 season next year with lots of amazing special events here at the American Heritage Museum - we hope to see you ALL here again soon!Photos by John Collins. ... See MoreSee Less

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Starting to pull out some of the armor for this weekend's re-enactment. This will be one for the books! More information see: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/wwii-re-enactment-battle-for-the-airfield/ ... 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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