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Empowering the guardians of military culture

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Forward thinking by two academics and a senior warrant officer is paving the way for empowerment of the men and women traditionally known as...

Simon’s Town’s significance in SA military history showcased

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The most senior warrant officers’ course in the SANDF (SA National Defence Force), the Joint Warrant Officers’ Programme (JWOP) based at the Warrant Officers...

Mariepskop SAAF radar site proving its worth 50 years on

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Mariepskop is a prime SA Air Force (SAAF) installation in Mpumalanga, formerly Eastern Transvaal, monitoring airspace for effective protection and utilisation which continues today...

SA Legion reaches 100 years milestone

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Opening the Centenary Congress of the South African Legion of Military Veterans, Deputy Mayor of Cape Town, Alderman Ian Neilson, last week said the...

France’s Macron calls 1961 massacre of Algerians an ‘unforgivable crime’

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Emmanuel Macron on Saturday denounced as an "unforgivable crime" a bloody crackdown on Algerian protesters by police in Paris 60 years ago, the strongest...

The South African Legion to commemorate centenary in Cape Town

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The SA Legion will be holding its centenary from 15 to 17 October in Cape Town, to be opened by Deputy Mayor Ian Nielson....

Lockdown regulations cut SANDF museums visitor numbers

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With Heritage Month ending the three known SA National Defence Force (SANDF) museums have, in common with other repositories of history, been hamstrung by...

Black and Indian pilots are part and parcel of SAAF heritage

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The SAAF (SA Air Force Museum) in its Heritage Month contribution notes the first “person of colour” to be awarded wings was Koomaresen Eargambram. An...

Russian volunteers honoured at Anglo-Boer War Museum

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A plaque has been unveiled commemorating Russian volunteers who had fought in the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902). Timed to coincide with South Africa’s Heritage Day, the...

Passion for military aviation leads to flight gear collection

A Cape Town residence is home to a veritable treasure trove of military aviation memorabilia including a South African designed, developed and fabricated helmet-mounted...

Military History Museum maintenance day

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Ex-servicemen did their bit for South Africa’s military history days ahead of 1 September, which marks the start of Heritage Month, putting elbow grease...

Egypt finds ancient military vessel, Greek graves in sunken city

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Divers have discovered rare remains of a military vessel in the ancient sunken city of Thônis-Heracleion - once Egypt's largest port on the Mediterranean...

British Empire’s African soldiers to receive belated recognition

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African soldiers and bearers who fought for the British Empire in little-known theatres of World War I will finally be acknowledged equally to British...

Veterans spit and polish parade at Military History Museum

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The premier showcase of South African military history - the National Museum of Military History in Johannesburg – will be on the receiving end...

SA military museums battling but not destitute

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Preservation of South Africa’s history is an important component of the national psyche with the military side doing reasonably well compared to some other...

Spitfire 5518 restoration progressing despite COVID hiccups

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Over the past 12 months, the SAAF Museum Spitfire Restoration Project has much inaction mainly due to the effects of COVID-19, with a major...

SA Naval Museum goes high-tech

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With a new visitor enhancement feature now up and running, SA Naval Museum curator Commander Leon Steyn is keeping pace with international museum developments...

End of World War II in Europe commemorated at Freedom Park

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8 May 1945 marked the end of the Second World War in Europe and in honour of this occasion, a commemoration and wreath-laying ceremony...

Air Force Association SAAF 100 book project progressing

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Earlier this year the SA Air Force Association (SAAFA) launched its SAAF 100 book project to “reflect on milestones and highlights in the development...

Stamps mark SAAF centenary

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Last year’s SA Air Force (SAAF) centenary celebrations were severely curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic and in one instance saw only a handover of...

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