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How to engage people in WWII history 75 years later? Drive a tank!

As history compels the world to observe the 75th anniversary year of the end of World War II, visitors to the American Heritage Museum in Hudson, MA, are being offered an extraordinary opportunity to connect with that era by driving the legendary Sherman or Chaffee tank.

President and CEO of the American Heritage Museum, Rob Collings, stated, “Imagine yourself receiving one on one driving instruction in either the world’s only full dual control M4A3 Sherman tank or dual control M24 Chaffee tank. The legendary Sherman tanks were in every major battle in WWII. The Chaffee light tanks were revered by its crew for being quick, maneuverable and effective. The Tank Driving Experience is unforgettable. We hope participants will take away a personal piece of this history and passion to learn more during this milestone anniversary year."

The Tank Driving Experience programs have been developed by veterans and museum docents who were tank instructors in the Army and Marine Corps. The experience transports participants back to 1944 that begins with visitors putting on tanker overalls, participating in a training course, and being briefed on tactical objectives required of tank crews from WWII through today.

The museum’s Education Services Coordinator, Hunter Chaney, reminded, “An immersive experience in WWII history is an effective way to engage younger generations and provide better understanding of the great dangers our soldiers endured during the war. The American Heritage Museum has developed a special one-of-a-kind Tank Driving Experience program that puts you in the driver’s seat of an authentic WWII tank.”

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