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Armoured display at the entrance of the Museum
W F Faulds VC Centre


YOUR GUIDE TO SOME OF THE MUSEUM'S PERMANENT EXHIBITS

MILITARY HARDWARE

At the Museum you can see all types of guns, tanks, armoured cars, aircraft and naval hardware, including a one man submarine called the Molch used by the Germans in the Second World War (1939 - 1945).

Naval Display with Molch submarine

RED TO BROWN

View the development of the ordinary soldier's uniform, load-bearing equipment and weapons in South Africa from 1882 to 1992. These developments are highlighted using examples from the Museum's collections.

REBELS AND OBJECTORS

An interesting visual display records resistance to war and national service throughout South Africa's military history in the 20th century.

ORDERS, DECORATIONS AND MEDALS

About 350 are on various displays.
Awards for gallantry, campaigns during the colonial period, service in war this century and service in the former South African Defence Force and the non-statutory forces prior to 1994.
Several displays include the medal groups of famous South Africans.


SMALL ARMS

The development of small arms from the early 1840's.
Approximately 100 weapons are on display including the first models of both the RI and R4 assault rifles used in South Africa.


EDGED WEAPONS

All types of edged weapons from swords, sabres, oriental and Turkish weapons to bayonets and daggers can be seen here.

MEDICINE AT WAR

The development of medical services provided in war.
From the traditional methods used by the Zulu Army during the Anglo-Zulu War to
the modem sophisticated services provided by the South African Medical Services today.

INTEGRATION

Umkhonto we-Sizwe (MK): Find out how and why the armed wing of the African National Congress came into being.
The history of MK until integration into the South African National Defence Force in 1994.
Key exhibits - various weapons and the uniform worn by Joe Modise, the former Commander-in-Chief of MK who was Minister of Defence from 1994 to 1999.



MK display
THE FIRST WORLD WAR (1914 - 1918)

Learn about the causes, the various threats and campaigns and the results and consequences of the war. An imaginative, life size reconstruction of a section of a typical trench and a description of life in the trenches is also included.


THE ANGLO BOER WAR (1899-1902)

See our display commemorating the centenary of the war. There are panels showing the causes, chronology, strategies, logistics and results of the war. More extensive panels look at an overview of the war. These begin with operations in Natal and the northern and central Cape and the advance of Lord Roberts to Pretoria. The panels then continue with the operations in the Eastern Transvaal in 1900, guerrilla warfare in both the Transvaal and the Orange River Colony, the British response to guerrilla warfare, operations in the Brandwater Basin, and international support for both the Boers and the British. Finally we look at conditions in the concentration camps and events which eventually resulted in the peace of May 1902. Included in the display are exhibits featuring small arms, edged weapons, badges, uniforms and equipment used during the war as well as other ephemera such as POW handcraft, crockery etc.

SOUTH AFRICAN WOMEN ON WAR SERVICE, 1939 - 1945

A new display on the role played by South African women during the Second World War. Come and see what women did to support the war effort in an exhibition which features works of art, photographs, uniforms, medals, badges, accoutrements and a range of items sent as gifts and comforts sent to South African servicemen and women around the world.

Range finders at work on a permanent site
The Buccaneer, Long Range Strike, aircraft


INFORMATIVE EXHIBITION

in showcases attached to the DH-98 Mosquito PR Mk IX viewing bridge
The story of the Mosquito aircraft and its special place in the aviation history of the Second World War (1939 - 1945).
The discovery in 1944 of the Auschwitz Nazi extermination camp by a photo-reconnaissance Mosquito of 60 Squadron South African Air Force.
The use of the Course Setting Sight, the Bubble Sextant and the 1154 and 1155 radio sets.

SILVER DISPLAY

This display looks at examples of silver trophies and shields used for shooting and other competitions in the British Empire during the early part of the 20th Century. Included is a display centering around the Transvaal Volunteers Efficiency Shield. The Transvaal Volunteers was the military establishment of the Transvaal during the colonial period following the conclusion of the Anglo-Boer War in 1902 and prior to the establishment of the Union Defence Forces in 1912. A number of the volunteer units became part of the Active Citizen Force in 1913 and a few are still in existence today. The shield is surrounded by badges of the volunteer units which made up the Transvaal Volunteers