ARTICLE: UNDERSTANDING THE PACE STICK

Richard Henry Ditsong National Museum of Military History Date: 19 June 2019   Introduction My father Andrew John Henry was the Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) of West Park, later Sandton Commando from 1964 -1981.  While I was growing up I occasionally saw him on unit parades with a wooden stick

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ARTICLE: THE ANZANI SIX CYLINDER AIR-COOLED 45 HORSE POWER AERO ENGINE

Allan Sinclair Ditsong National Museum of Military History 11 June 2019 On display at the Ditsong National Museum of Military History is an Anzani Six Cylinder Air-cooled Aero Engine which dates back to 1909 and the beginning of powered flight. The history of powered, sustained and controlled flight began in

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ARTICLE: SOCIETÀ METALLURGICA ITALIANA – MANUFACTURER OF AMMUNITION FOR THE ITALIAN ARMY AND NAVY

Società Metallurgica Italiana (SMI) Manufacturer of ammunition for the Italian Army and Navy By Richard Henry Ditsong National Museum of Military History Date:  20 June 2019   Introduction When documenting the large calibre ammunition collection, curator Richard Henry came across many headstamps showing the Italian manufacturer SMI.  Being naturally curious

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ARTICLE: BOER AGAINST COLONIAL

Boer against Colonial – The story of the Olivier and Temlett families with regard to HJ Oliver’s Mauser Rifle By Richard Henry Ditsong National Museum of Military History Date: 23 June 2019   Introduction On Friday, 3 May 2002, Professor James Alexander Temlett donated a Boer War Mauser rifle with serial

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ARTICLE : MAASAI SWORDS

David Rilley-Harris DNMMH June 2019 Traditional Maasai sword and scabbard The Maasai people of Northern Tanzania, and Central and Southern Kenya, are among the earliest people in sub-Saharan Africa to make common use of swords as weapons. The Maasai sword or seme is light and short with a double edged

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ARTICLE: GERMAN CARBIDE BAKELITE CONTAINER

Richard Henry Ditsong National Museum of Military History Date: 19 June 2019   An interesting find I came across an interesting item when I was identifying and listing all the items in the main store at the Ditsong National Museum of Military History as part of the Grap 103 project. 

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ARTICLE: MACHETES, BUSH KNIVES AND PHANGAS

David Rilley-Harris DNMMH June 2019 Machetes, Bush Knives, and Pangas, are the same form of edged weapon. They are large knives or wide bladed swords designed as heavy cutting and slicing tools or weapons. While they vary enormously in pattern, they are typically the length of short swords with wide,

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ARTICLE: BATTLE AXE HEADS

David Rilley-Harris DNMMH June 2019 In 1975, the South African National Museum of Military History purchased two Frankish axe heads which remain the oldest items in the museum collection. While the one axe head appears to be a utility axe, the other is shaped in the form of Frankish and

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ARTICLE: AIRCRAFT OF THE IMPERIAL GIFT IN THE AVIATION COLLECTION OF THE DITSONG NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MILITARY HISTORY

Allan Sinclair Ditsong National Museum of Military History 14 June 2019 In 2020 the South African Air Force (SAAF), the second oldest air force in the world, will celebrate the centenary of its founding. The Ditsong National Museum of Military History has two important aircraft in the collection that are

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2019 Human Rights Commemoration

Human Rights Day Commemoration in South Africa Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe is one of the leaders of the African people who sacrificed his career, family and life to the freedom of the oppressed, especially Africans who were the most oppressed group in South Africa. Together with the leadership of the Pan

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