WWII Weekend is one of New England’s premier living history events, providing the public with an interactive and educational WWII experience that is difficult to come by. Participants will have the chance to examine and learn about multiple different kinds of World War II vehicles and weapons, as well as how the soldiers of that era lived, by walking through Axis and Allies encampments and interacting with the living historians. To top it all off, however, attendees will have the opportunity to view a live World War II battle reenactment, as well as flamethrower and weapon demonstrations. That’s not all, however; each day there are different interactive activities that attendees can participate in and experience. So whether you’re a history buff, or you’re just looking for something to do over the weekend with the family, WWII Weekend is the place to be!

WWII Weekend 2018 Tickets

Featured Military Vehicles

Allied Vehicles

T26E3 Pershing Tank

Weight: 46 Tons
Main Armament: 90mm M3 Anti-Tank Gun
Secondary Armament: 2× Browning .30-06, 1× Browning .50 cal.
Engine: Ford GAF; 8-Cylinder, 450-500hp

The M26 Pershing was a heavy tank/medium tank of the United States Army. The tank was named after General of the Armies John J. Pershing, who led the American Expeditionary Force in Europe in World War I. It was briefly used in the final months of World War II during the Invasion of Germany and extensively during the Korean War.

Owned By: The Wright Museum of WWII

M4A1E8 Sherman Tank, "Alice"

Weight: 37 Tons
Main Armament: 76mm M1 Anti-Tank Gun
Secondary Armament: 2× Browning .30-06, 1× Browning .50 cal.
Engine: Ford GAA; 8-Cylinder, 450hp

The M4 Sherman, officially Medium Tank, M4, was the most widely used medium tank by the United States and Western Allies in World War II. The M4 Sherman proved to be reliable, relatively cheap to produce, and available in great numbers. Thousands were distributed through the Lend-Lease program to the British Commonwealth and Soviet Union. The tank was named by the British for the American Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman. The M4A1E8 Sherman had an upgraded suspension, upgraded hull armor and an upgraded main cannon, compared to earlier models.

Owned By: The Wright Museum of WWII

M5 Stuart Tank (Flamethrower Variant)

Weight: 16 Metric Tons
Main Armament: 37mm M6 Anti-Tank Gun
Secondary Armament: 1x M3 Auxiliary Bow-Mounted Flamethrower, 1× Browning M1919a4 Machine Gun
Engine: Twin Cadillac Series 42, 220 hp

This flamethrower tank is utilizing the M3 Auxiliary bow-mounted flamethrower in place of the normal M1919A4 Browning Machine gun.
This flamethrower allowed any normal Stuart or Sherman variant to become a flamethrower support vehicle in the field in under 10 minutes. It would have had an internal tank group with a 12-gallon fuel tank and large pressure bottle. The operator would have about 25 seconds of fuel burn total and a reach of over 200 ft with a gelled fuel agent.

Owned By: Privately Owned

M3A1 Stuart Tank, "Bloody Mary"

Weight: 15.2 Metric Tons
Main Armament: 37mm M6 Anti-Tank Gun
Secondary Armament: 3× Browning M1919A4 Machine Guns
Engine: Twin Cadillac Series 42, 220 hp

The M3 Stuart, officially Light Tank, M3, was an American light tank used in World War II. It was supplied to British and Commonwealth forces under lend-lease prior to the entry of the U.S. into the war. Thereafter, it was used by U.S. and Allied forces until the end of the war.

Owned By: The Wright Museum of WWII

M16 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage, "Chatterbox"

Weight: 9 Tons
Main Armament: 4 × 12.7mm M2 Browning Machine Guns
Engine: White 160AX 6-cylinder, gasoline, 128 hp (95 kW)

The M16 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage, also known as the M16 Half-track, was an American self-propelled anti-aircraft weapon built during World War II. It was equipped with four 0.5 inch (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns in a M45 Quadmount. 2700 were produced by White Motor Company from May 1943 to March 1944.

Nicknamed the "Meat Chopper", the M16 was famous for its effectiveness against low-flying aircraft and infantry, making it extremely popular with soldiers. It was used by the United States Army, the British Commonwealth, and South Korea. A similar version of the M16, the M17, was based on the M5 Half-track and exported via Lend-Lease to the Soviet Union.

Owned By: The Wright Museum of WWII

M20 Armored Car

Weight: 6 Tons
Armament: 1x M2 .50 Cal Browning Heavy Machine Gun or 1x M1919 .30 Cal Browning Machine Gun
Engine: Hercules JXD Gasoline Engine, 86 horsepower at 2,800 RPM

The M20 armored utility car, also known as the M20 scout car, was an M8 Greyhound with the turret replaced with a low, armored open-topped superstructure and an anti-aircraft ring mount for a .50 cal M2 heavy machine gun. A bazooka was provided for the crew to compensate for its lack of anti-armor weaponry. The M20 was primarily used as a command vehicle and for forward reconnaissance, but many vehicles also served as armored personnel carriers and cargo carriers. It offered high speed and excellent mobility, along with a degree of protection against small arms fire and shrapnel. When employed in the command and control role, the M20 was fitted with additional radio equipment. Originally designated the M10 armored utility car, it was redesignated M20 to avoid confusion with the M10 tank destroyer. A total of 3,680 M20s were built by Ford during its two years in production (1943–1944).

Owned By: The Wright Museum of WWII

Axis Vehicles

Sturmgeschütz III (StuG III)

Weight: 23.9 Metric Tons
Main Armament: 7.5 cm StuK 40 cannon
Secondary Armament: 1x MG-34 Machine Gun
Engine: Maybach HL 120 TRM V-12 gasoline engine

The Sturmgeschütz III (StuG III) assault gun was Germany's second most-produced armoured fighting vehicle during World War II after the Sd.Kfz. 251 half-track. It was built on the chassis of the proven Panzer III tank, replacing the turret with an armored, fixed superstructure mounting a more powerful gun. Initially intended as a mobile assault gun for direct-fire support for infantry, the StuG III was continually modified, and much like the later Jagdpanzer, was employed as a tank destroyer.

Owned By: Privately Owned

Sd.Kfz 251/1 – Schützenpanzerwagen

Weight: 7.81 Tons
Main Armament: 1x MG-34 or MG-42 Machine Gun
Secondary Armament: 1x MG-34 or MG-42 Machine Gun
Engine: Maybach HL 42 6-cylinder petrol engine

The Sd.Kfz 251/1 – Schützenpanzerwagen, or standard armored personnel carrier, was the famous German Half-track that was one of the most common support vehicles that the Germans deployed during the Second World War. This particular replica was recreated using a Czech OT-810, the slightly younger cousin of the WWII German Sd.Kfz 251.

Owned By: Privately Owned

1941 Ford 3-Ton German Troop Transport

This truck was built from the ground up and is a replica of what the Germans would have used during WWII, with the addition of a Marmon Herrington all wheel drive. Ford brought out the new body styles in 1940. Since Germany was not yet at war with the United States at that time, and communications with German Ford motor-works was still going smoothly, Cologne changed to the new type in 1941 - with slight changes.

This truck was the second most used truck in the German army on all fronts. There were many body styles; most commonly seen were the flat bed, troop transport, ambulance body, and communication body. The day after the war ended, British troops started production of Ford trucks at the Cologne plant.

Owned By: Privately Owned

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Featured Flamethrowers
M2-2 Flamethrower
The iconic US flamethrower from WWII

Weight (filled): 68 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 4 gallons
Effective Range: 65.5 feet
Maximum Range: 132 feet

M9-7 Flamethrower
This is the most common model used in Vietnam and is much lighter and easier to use. Tanks are commonly found, but most wands were destroyed by the military.

Weight (filled): 51 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 4 gallons
Effective Range: 65.5 feet
Maximum Range: 132 feet

Flammenwerfer 41 (F41)
WWII-era German flamethrower

Weight (filled): 48 pounds
Effective Range: 83 feet
Maximum Range: 140 feet

M3 Auxiliary Flamethrower
The M3 Auxiliary Flamethrower as used in Sherman and Stuart tanks during WWII. It would mount in the bow of the tank, and could be used interchangeably with the browning machine gun.

Effective Range: 100 feet
Maximum Range: 200 feet

Special Guests
Paul Shull

Paul Shull is a rock music promoter and television host who has worked in music, film and television. He is currently the host of The Smithsonian Channel's television show, "The Weapon Hunter".

Dr. Thomas Perera, Ph.D.

For more than 60 years, Dr. Perera has been collecting, restoring, and preserving antique scientific, cipher, and telegraph instruments. As a professor of neuroscience at Columbia University, Barnard College, and Montclair State College, Dr. Perera was involved in teaching and research on the electrical coding strategies in the brain. In 1987 he founded "Enigma Museum", which is a for-profit company devoted to locating, restoring, preserving, documenting, and trading German Enigma machines as well as antique cipher, telegraph, scientific, and communications devices.

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Live Entertainment
Bill Johnson
*All Weekend*
With a professional career (SAG, AFTRA, AEA) spanning over twenty-five years, William (Bill) Patrick Johnson has forged his niche on stage, screen, and television as a dependable character actor. At WWII Weekend 2018, he will be joining us all the way from Las Vegas and will be performing as none other than the legend himself, Bob Hope.

Bill has appeared in a wide variety of films, including Ocean’s 11, High Roller: The Stu Unger Story, and Three Days to Vegas starring Peter Falk.

For seven years, Bill performed as the wizard “Stradivarius” in his own show at Caesars Magical Empire, inside Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas strip.

Dan Gabel and The Abletones
*Saturday, July 21st Only*
Dan Gabel and the Abletones is an authentic 18-piece Big Band, specializing in the music of the 1930s and 40s with a period look and sound. Bandleader, trombonist, and arranger Dan Gabel formed "The Abletones" with a group of high school friends in 2003. He re-formed the ensemble in 2010 using top-call professional musicians, expanded the group to 18-pieces and collected a library of over 4,000 arrangements. The ensemble sports a vintage look with matching tuxedos, vests and ties, and uses period equipment, such as 1930s era mutes and stands.
Beantown Swing Orchestra
*Sunday, July 22nd Only*
The 18-piece Beantown Swing Orchestra specializes in performing big band music from the 1930s and 1940s, especially the classics by Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, and Artie Shaw. Consisting primarily of young and talented musicians who have been trained specifically in this historically and culturally important style of music, the band has enough energy to keep crowds of all generations dancing for hours. And with their use of vintage instruments and their meticulous note-for-note transcriptions of Swing Era recordings, they are able to achieve the authentic big band sound that was once pop music enjoyed by millions.As part of WWII Weekend, expect the Beantown Swing Orchestra to perform lots of classic wartime songs from Glenn Miller’s USAAF Band, among other favorites!
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Featured Organizations
The Wright Museum of WWII

In 1994, the Wright Museum of World War II opened in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, a creation of its visionary founder David Wright. For over twenty years this educational institution has fulfilled David's dream of creating a public understanding and appreciation of the exceptional contributions on the home front and the battle fields made by World War II-era Americans

The Greater Boston Vintage Society

The Greater Boston Vintage Society is a social group designed to promote vintage events and historical education throughout the Boston and New England area. GBVS runs it's own events on the average of one per month. Generally, themes stem from historical context of the 1900 to the 1960's. Events are often featured at local museum's and historical sites of interest. GBVS is proud to sponsor and spread interest for these organizations. Check out their events at www.bostonvintage.org.

Veterans Northeast Outreach Center

The mission of the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center is to provide the highest quality of services to assist, support and advocate for all Veterans and their families in Essex, Middlesex, Barnstable and Rockingham Counties.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I own a WWII-Era vehicle, can I be a part of the show?
A:
Yes! We definitely want to hear from you. Just send us an email at info@mwmuseum.com and we’ll make sure that your vehicle will be showcased.

Q: I own a post WWII-Era vehicle, can I still be a part of the show?
A:
Yes, we are showcasing post WWII-era military vehicles in our “Beyond WWII Display”. Just send us an email at info@mwmuseum.com and we’ll make sure that your vehicle will be showcased.

Q: Is this event kid-friendly?
A: Yes! But be aware that there will be loud explosions similar to fireworks during some of our weapons demonstrations and the battle each day. If your kids don’t like fireworks, then it is advisable to provide them with hearing protection.

Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on the property, unless it is a service animal. Our show might cause panic in pets due to the use of pyrotechnics, gunshots, etc.

Q: I bought a Saturday Ticket, can I use it on Sunday?
A: No, you can only use the ticket on the day that you purchased it. You can only use that ticket once and there is no readmittance.

Q: I bought a weekend pass, can I leave and come back in again?
A: Yes! Our weekend pass program is designed to be as convenient as possible and give the most value for your buck. Come and go as you please each day of the show.

Q: Can I get in/climb on that vehicle?
A: We would generally say no. However, as there are vehicles owned by both individuals and organizations you should ask permission before you do anything. Remember: when in doubt, don’t do it.

Q: Will there be food available to purchase during the show?
A: Yes, we will have an extensive concessions area with many different kinds of food vendors.

Q: Will there be any militaria that I can buy and bring home?
A: Yes, we will have a very large military flea market onsite. You can buy everything from toys to actual uniforms and equipment.

Q: Are those real guns/explosions?
A: Our firearms are simulated which means at our show they can only fire blanks. No one is really getting shot at and this is all hollywood magic. The explosions might look real but they are all done by professional and licensed pyrotechnicians to give you the closest thing to a real explosion as possible.

Q: Are those real Military Flamethrowers?
A: Yes, all of our flamethrowers are real and have seen combat at one time or another. Also yes, the fire that you see coming from these devices is real actual fire. You’ll be able to feel the heat when these devices discharge.

Directions

GPS Address: 34 Stage Road, Deerfield, NH 03037

From Manchester:

  • 93 North to Exit 7 (101 East)
  • Exit 3 to route 43

From Concord:

  • Rte. 4 E to 107 South

From Exeter:

  • Route 101 W to Exit 5
  • Right on Route 107

From Nashua:

  • Route 3 to 293 N
  • Merge to 93 N
  • Exit 7 to 101 E
  • Exit 3 onto 43

From Massachusetts:

  • 93 N to Exit 7 (101 East)
  • Exit 3, take right off exit and follow signs

From Maine:

  • 95 S to route 4 (Portsmouth)
  • Route 4 W to Route 43 S

From Eastern Massachusetts:

  • 95 N to 101 W
  • Exit 5 to 107

From Dover/Rochester:

  • 125 S to route 4 W
  • Take 43S to 34 Stage Road, Deerfield, NH 03037
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