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June 22nd, 1941. Operation Barbarossa begins. Hitler's 1939 Nonaggression Pact with the Soviet Union came to abrupt but predictable end on Sunday, June 22, 1941. At dawn on that day, German forces launched Operation Barbarossa along an 1,800-mile front that ran from Leningrad to the Black Sea. The three German army groups included 150 divisions containing three million men, 3,000 tanks, 7,000 artillery pieces and 2,500 aircraft. The German forces were further strengthened by more than 30 divisions of Finnish and Romanian troops. It was in effect the largest and most powerful invasion force in history. Like previous campaigns, Barbarossa was planned as a blitzkrieg led by armored units.The invasion took the Soviet leadership completely by surprise and caught the Red Army in an unprepared and partially demobilized state. Stalin had been informed that the Germans would invade but he did not believe the sources. Over the first few days, the German Luftwaffe destroyed more than 1,200 Soviet aircraft, many of them on the ground. By mid-July the Germans had advanced more than 400 miles and were only 200 miles from Moscow. Heavy Autumn rains would turn the Russian roads to deep mud and the sub-zero temperatures that followed in November would further stall and finally end the German advance. ... See MoreSee Less

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~ A new addition to this year's American Elegance performance: 1926 Chrysler Model 72 Roadster. Show starts around 1 PM Saturday and Sunday. More information see: www.americanheritagemuseum.org/event/tanks-wings-wheels-2/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Word on the streets says Al Capone will be showing up at AHM in his 1940 V-16 Cadillac on June 19th and 20th - to case the place for his new casino and speak-easy. ... See MoreSee Less

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Visitors to the American Heritage Museum this past weekend had the opportunity to view a display of impressive artifacts from the Allied campaign to liberate Italy (1943-1945). The Allied advance through Italy produced some of the most bitter, costly fighting of the war, much of it in treacherous mountain terrain. Rome was liberated 77 years ago this month but at the time the event was completely overshadowed by the D-Day landings in Normandy.The weekend exhibition was organized and expertly described to several hundred Museum visitors by Abigail Metheny of Concord, MA and Jesse Campana of Brick, NJ. Both are avid students of the history of the Italian Campaign as well as skilled collectors of WWII memorabilia. Abigail and Jesse appeared in US Army uniforms from the period: Abigail as a US Army Nurse and Jesse as an Army private. The AHM extends its appreciation to Abigail and Jesse for their wonderful commitment of their time and expertise. We look forward to welcoming them back to the Museum sometime soon. ... See MoreSee Less

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The American Heritage Museum is running a very unique sweepstakes fundraiser "Behind Enemy Lines - WWII Tank Experience." We hope that you could share this with your friends. Here is the link with all the details: americanheritagemuseum.tapkat.org/behindenemylinesProceeds go to our education outreach programs and operations. ... See MoreSee Less

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Give the Gift of TANKS with a Tank Driving Experience or Tank Ride Program Gift Certificate!

Give the gift of TANKS with the American Heritage Museum! Our tank driving experiences and tank rides make an amazing gift for the history enthusiast in your life while helping to support the restorations and growth of the American Heritage Museum featuring the Jacques M. Littlefield Collection of Tanks and Military Vehicles.

When you order a Gift Certificate of the driving and riding experiences below, you’ll be sent a presentation certificate and booking instructions for scheduling your experience in the 2021 driving season. We will be offering driving and riding experiences most weekends through the Summer and Fall, so there is plenty of time to enjoy these awesome experiences!


Give the gift of a M24 Chaffee Light Tank DRIVING Experience!

Give the gift of a thrilling experience like no other, the M24 Chaffee Driving Experience at the American Heritage Museum in Hudson, MA. This hour-long program gives the participant a full lesson in how to operate the light tank that served in three wars and a thrilling 20 minutes of driving the M24 through our tank course as the sole driver!

Learn more by clicking on the button below including our video overview of the experience.
Cost: $995 Per Person (tax-deductible donation)
Order a gift certificate at the button below or call 978-562-9182 to order.


Give the gift of a M24 Chaffee Light Tank RIDE for Three!

Get a gift experience of a tank ride for three persons aboard the M24 Chaffee Light Tank at the American Heritage Museum in Hudson, MA. One rider will be assigned to the hull gunner position and the other two riders will be positioned in the turret for a thrilling 10 minute ride around our tank operating course by one of our professional tank drivers. Perfect for the World War II enthusiast in your life!

Learn more by clicking on the button below.
Cost: $595 Package for Two Persons (tax-deductible donation)
Order a gift certificate at the button below or call 978-562-9182 to order.


Give the gift of a M4A3 Sherman Medium Tank DRIVING Experience!

Give the gift of an epic experience in World War II history, the M4A3 Sherman Driving Experience at the American Heritage Museum in Hudson, MA. This hour-long program gives the participant a full lesson in how to operate the most famous medium tank that served in WWII and a thrilling 20 minutes of driving the M4A3 Sherman through our tank course as the sole driver!

Learn more by clicking on the button below including our video overview of the experience.
Cost: $1495 Per Person (tax-deductible donation)
Order a gift certificate at the button below or call 978-562-9182 to order.


Give the gift of a M4A3 Sherman Medium Tank RIDE for Two!

Get a gift experience of a tank ride for two persons aboard the M4A3 Sherman Medium Tank at the American Heritage Museum in Hudson, MA. One rider will be assigned to the hull gunner position and the other rider in the turret for a thrilling 10 minute ride around our tank operating course by one of our professional tank drivers. Perfect for the World War II enthusiast in your life!

Learn more by clicking on the button below.
Cost: $595 Package for Two Persons (tax-deductible donation)
Order a gift certificate at the button below or call 978-562-9182 to order.

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