South African National Museum of Military History

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Ditsong National Museum of Military History
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South African National Museum of Military History is located in South Africa
South African National Museum of Military History
Ditsong National Museum of Military History
Established 29 August 1947
Location Johannesburg, South Africa
Coordinates 26°09′48″S 28°02′31″E / 26.1633°S 28.0420°E / -26.1633; 28.0420
Type Military museum
Website http://www.militarymuseum.co.za

The South African National War Museum in Johannesburg was officially opened by Prime Minister Jan Smuts on 29 August 1947 to preserve the history of South Africa's involvement in the Second World War. In 1975, the museum was renamed the South African National Museum of Military History and its function changed to include all conflicts that South Africa has been involved in.[1] In 1999 it was amalgamated with the Pretoria based Transvaal Museum and National Cultural History Museum to form the NFI. In April 2010 Ditsong was officially renamed Ditsong Museums of South Africa and the SANMMH was renamed the Ditsong National Museum of Military History.

The Anglo-Boer War Memorial[edit]

The Anglo-Boer War Memorial

On the grounds of the museum is a large memorial designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

On 30 November 1910 Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn laid a commemorative stone at the memorial.[2]

Originally called the Rand Regiments Memorial and dedicated to British soldiers that lost their lives during the Second Boer War, it was rededicated on 10 October 1999 to all people who died during the Second Boer War and renamed the Boer War Memorial.[3]

Exhibits[edit]

The museum is divided into a number of areas

A German aircraft hall with main attractions
Messerschmitt Bf 109
Messerschmitt Me 262
Focke-Wulf Fw 190
The GE Brink Hall with
Imperial aircraft, including a Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5
Anglo Boer War exhibits
Dan Pienaar Gun Park
Various guns from around the world
FB Adler Hall
Artillery pieces
Anglo-Zulu War exhibits
Small arms
A Naval area[4]
Molch one man submarine
Armoured vehicles
From the small Carro Veloce CV-35 to the large Churchill tank
Heavy Artillery featuring
G5 howitzer and G6 howitzer
Aircraft displays[5]
Blackburn Buccaneer
Douglas C-47
Dassault Mirage III

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official museum website
  2. ^ "The Anglo-Boer War Memorial at the Museum of Military History". The All at Sea Network. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  3. ^ Davie, Lucille (2002-05-31). "The end of the first modern war". SouthAfrica.info. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  4. ^ MUSEUM DISPLAYS AND EXHIBITIONS, www.ditsong.org.za, Retrieved 2013-10-05
  5. ^ MUSEUM DISPLAYS AND EXHIBITIONS, www.ditsong.org.za, Retrieved 2013-10-05

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