SA National Museum of Military History | What to do in Johannesburg (Part 1/5)
"Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it" - Albert Einstein
I visited the National Museum of Military History on one of my trips to Johannesburg, South Africa. I was in awe of how well they had preserved the history of SA's military participation in the wars.
The War Museum, for short, has a really interesting range of military hardware & exhibits used in combating global and regional conflicts. The place clearly serves as a memorial to those who served and died in all those battles.
Apparently, this museum is the only place that has the known exhibit of the first jet engined two-seater night fighter, the German ME 262 bomber among an extensive collection of WWI and WWII fighter planes.
This highly educative and world class military museum, which in my opinion is the best in Africa, is often overlooked by tourists who tend to be more attracted to the struggle against apartheid. Perhaps I am the first Nigerian to pay a visit to the museum
...........Definitely a delight for history and aviation buffs.
The South African National War Museum in Johannesburg was officially opened by Prime Minister Jan Smuts in 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.
The Anglo- Boer Monument was originally called the Rand Regiments Memorial and dedicated to the men who joined as British soldiers in the Rand Regiments and who had lost their lives during the Second Boer War (1899–1902). Dedicated to Boer soldiers "in memory of the fallen in the struggle for Freedom and Justice"..
"The lantern was discovered from the battlefield of Delville Wood in France. It contains the original candle. the flame of which would have been extinguished during the battle for the Wood. The lantern is placed there to symbolise the huge loss of young lives, not only of South Africans who fought valiantly during the war in July 1916, but, indeed, of all the combatants of the First World War (1914-1918) and of the Second World War (1939-1945)
A memorial erected in honour of fallen members of the airborne forces
The GE Brink Hall with artefacts from South Africa's involvement in various world conflicts, such as the Korean War and the two World Wars
A modified South African Centurion Tank
A comprehensive display of modern armaments used in Angola and Namibia in the 70's and 80's are especially interesting
Dan Pienaar Gun Park with Various guns
Final words on touring National Musuem of Miltary History
The military museum is definitely worth a visit. The history is amazing and informative. It took me some time to wonder through the entire museum. Asides from the education derived from visiting the museum, there's also a lovely area for picnics.
Did I mention that I shed a tear?!. I lie, I wept uncontrollably. The words inscribed on the wall as I walked out of the museum left me in stitches and they are now a constant reminder to celebrate the military as often as I can. I share with you below:
When you go home one day.....
Tell them of us and say,
That for your tomorrow
We gave our today.