Visitors to the American Heritage Museum in Hudson, Massachusetts, are being offered an extraordinary opportunity to drive the legendary Sherman or Chaffee tanks.
The tank driving experience offer forms part of the museum’s plans around the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War Two.
President and CEO of the American Heritage Museum, Rob Collings, said: “Imagine 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 World War Two. The Chaffee light tanks were revered by their crew for being quick, manoeuvrable 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. Wearing tank overalls, participants will take part in a training course and will receive briefing on the tactical objectives required of tank crews from World War Two through to modern day.
The museum’s education services coordinator, Hunter Chaney, said: “An immersive experience in World War Two 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 World War Two tank.”
For more information on the tank driving experience see: https://www.americanheritagemuseum.org/tank-driving-experiences/