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The Mauser C96(“Construktion” 96) pistol Revolutionary for its time

Jan van den Bos: Curator, Military Collection, DITSONG: National Museum of Cultural History The Mauser C96 pistol, also known as...
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A brief History of Black Labour control in South Africa: Migrant Labour and Recruitments, 1890s-1970s

Motsane, G. Seabela, Curator: Anthropology, DITSONG: National Museum of Cultural History Introduction The control of African labour dates back to...
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The 4.7 inch (120mm) “Lady Roberts” naval gun Jan van den Bos, Curator Military Collection, DITSONG: National Museum of Cultural History

The “Lady Roberts” naval gun was used in many Anglo-Boer War battles. For example, the 4.7- inch formed part of...
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International Workers’ Day (1 May) and Victory Day (9 May) in Russia

David Rilley-Harris DITSONG: National Museum of Military History April 2021 In 1889, a meeting of the Marxist International Socialist Congress...
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Different types of Trade Unions in South Africa

Tinyeko Captain Ndhlovu, Curator, DNMMH APRIL 31, 2021 Introduction Trade unions in South Africa (SA) have been in existence for...
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Adolf Galland flies a prototype Messerschmitt Me 262

MAY 1943 Allan Sinclair DITSONG: National Museum of Military History April 2021   Introduction May 2021 marks the 78th anniversary...
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Solifuges : The Ultimate Superhero

By Tharina Bird, Curator General Entomology DITSONG: National Museum of Natural History I asked a friend what she knows about...
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Solifuges : The Ultimate Superhero
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The People, History, Development and Use of the Famous Rolls-Royce Meteor Engine

BY RICHARD HENRY DITSONG NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MILITARY HISTORY DATE: 23 March 2019 WORDS:  4101 words   People make a...
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A FIGHT FOR EQUAL RIGHTS ENDING IN BLOODSHED: REMEMBERING SHARPEVILLE MASSACRE AND ITS AFTERMATHS

Motsane Getrude Seabela, Curator Anthropology, DITSONG: National Museum of Cultural History  In 1910 South Africa adopted its first constitution that...
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AMERICAN TANK DETROYERS

Leading to the M10 TANK DESTROYER Development and use in United States and British Commonwealth Service By Richard Henry Date:...
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A TRIBUTE TO DR C.K (“BOB”) BRAIN

Lazarus Kgasi, Junior Curator, DITSONG: National Museum of Natural History. Beginnings and early career history Charles Kimberly (“Bob”) Brain (see...
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AROUND THE CAMPFIRE WITH ARCHAEOLOGY

By Frank Teichert, Curator Archaeology and Human Remains, DITSONG: National Museum of Cultural History   When sitting around the campfire...
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COMPARRISON BETWEEN THE FAL AND THE AK 47

HOW DOES THE THE AUTOMAT KALASHNIKOVA (AK-47) ASSAULT RIFLE COMPARE WITH THE FN FAL / R1 BATTLE RIFLE USED BY...
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NEWSPAPER HEADLINE BILLBOARDS OF THE RAND DAILY MAIL

Telling the story of events surrounding South Africa’s Entry into the Second World War 1939 – 1945 Allan Sinclair Ditsong...
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Fossils and the evidence they provide: the tale of SK 54 and SK 349.

By Dr Mirriam Tawane, Curator Palaeontology, DITSONG: National Museum of Natural History (DNMNH)   Fossils are regarded as heritage and...
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A TRIBUTE TO DR C.K (“BOB”) BRAIN

Lazarus Kgasi, Junior Curator, DITSONG: National Museum of Natural History. Beginnings and early career history Charles Kimberly (“Bob”) Brain (see...
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THE BADGES OF THE KING CETSHWAYO ARTILLERY REGIMENT (K.C.A.R) FORMERLY THE NATAL FIELD ARTILLERY (N.F.A).

Tinyeko Captain Ndhlovu Ditsong National Museum Military History January 2021 This unit is a reserve artillery regiment of the South...
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M10 Tank Destroyers in South African Service

By Richard Henry Words:  6308 Date: 29/03/2021 A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO 6 SA ARMOURED DIVISION The establishment tables for an...
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The Symbolic Elements of the Regimental Emblem of the Regiment Potchefstroom Universiteit.

Tinyeko Captain Ndhlovu Ditsong National Museum of Military History March 2021 Introduction The Regiment Potchefstroom Universiteit (RPU) is a reserve...
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Manufacturer, Owners and Custodians of The Museum’s Pistola, Automatica Beretta Modello 1934 Serial № 713860

By Richard Henry Date: 11 February 2021 Words:  3 971   Introduction The Ditsong National Museum of Military History in...
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The Shona Mbira
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The Shona Mbira

By Motsane Getrude Seabela, Curator Anthropology, DITSONG: National Museum of Cultural History Mbira, attached to a gourd resonator (Photograph by...
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TRADITIONAL IRON SMELTING BELLOWS
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TRADITIONAL IRON SMELTING BELLOWS

Motsane Getrude Seabela, Curator: Anthropology, DITSONG: National Museum of Cultural History Skin-bag bellows, used for blowing air into a fire....
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Kruger House: the legends live on
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Kruger House: the legends live on

Mauritz Naudé, DITSONG: National Museum of Cultural History (15/08/2020) Even though museums are normally associated with the collection of movable...
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A Missing Heritage Site

Sandra Naudé, Editor: DITSONG: Museums of South Africa The so-called “Convent Redoubt” stood at the corner of Visagie and Koch...
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SOUTH AFRICA’S ENTRY INTO THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC AND THE BATTLE OF BANGUI (22-24 MARCH 2013)
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SOUTH AFRICA’S ENTRY INTO THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC AND THE BATTLE OF BANGUI (22-24 MARCH 2013)

David Rilley-Harris Ditsong National Museum of Military History August 2020 Source: UNICEF Introduction During the Cold War Africa had been...
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INNOVATIONS IN EDGED WEAPONS
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INNOVATIONS IN EDGED WEAPONS

David Rilley-Harris Ditsong National Museum of Military History September 2020 Edged weapons were being developed in the form of handheld...
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THE MAPIKO MASKS
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THE MAPIKO MASKS

Motsane Getrude Seabela, Curator: Anthropology, DITSONG: National Museum of Cultural History  The Mapiko masks are associated with the Makonde people...
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THE LUGER PISTOL
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THE LUGER PISTOL

A CONQUEROR OF TWO WORLD WARS Jan van den Bos, Curator Military Collection, DITSONG: National Museum of Cultural History The...
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Object knowledge during documentation
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Object knowledge during documentation

Jan van den Bos, curator, military collection, DITSONG: National Museum of Cultural History The purpose of museums is to collect...
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CENTENARY OF THE DEMISE OF SAMMY MARKS
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CENTENARY OF THE DEMISE OF SAMMY MARKS

Jaco Schoonraad, Acting Manager, DITSONG: Sammy Marks and Pioneer Museums and curator of Numismatics, DITSONG: National Museum of Cultural History...
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A Traditional Indonesian Dagger, The Kris

By : Frank Teichert The kris (also spelled keris) is the national weapon of Indonesia and the oldest distinctive weapon...
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PERUVIAN CHANCAY POTTERY COLLECTION
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PERUVIAN CHANCAY POTTERY COLLECTION

Frank Teichert, Curator Archaeology and Human Remains. DITSONG: National Museum of Cultural History The Peruvian pots were discovered in a...
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ELEPHANT IVORY TUSKS
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ELEPHANT IVORY TUSKS

Of the Rhodesian Light Infantry Richard Henry Ditsong National Museum of Military History 12 May 2020 The Ditsong National Museum...
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BRITISH FIRST WORLD WAR TANKERS FACE MASK
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BRITISH FIRST WORLD WAR TANKERS FACE MASK

Richard Henry Ditsong National Museum of Military History 20 May 2020 The Museum’s Anti-Splash Tankers Mask:  Acq No 17126. Belonged...
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SIDI REZEGH: IMAGES OF DEATH AND HORROR
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SIDI REZEGH: IMAGES OF DEATH AND HORROR

Allan Sinclair Ditsong National Museum of Military History 30 April 2020 During the First World War (1914 – 1918) most...
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THE FALL OF FRANCE AND THE ENTRY OF JAPAN INTO THE SECOND WORLD WAR (1939 – 1945)

THE EFFECT OF THESE EVENTS ON SOUTH AFRICA Allan Sinclair Ditsong National Museum of Military History 29 April 2020 Introduction...
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COMMEMORATING THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF VE DAY

Allan Sinclair Ditsong National Museum of Military History 8 May 2020 On 8 May 1945 the British Prime Minister, Sir...
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Ko-Wakizashi Japanese Short Sword
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Ko-Wakizashi Japanese Short Sword

David Rilley-Harris Ditsong National Museum of Military History May 2020 A wakizashi is a traditional Japanese short sword with a...
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The Push Dagger
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The Push Dagger

David Rilley-Harris DNMMH Curator April 2020 First World War Push Dagger which belonged to L Cpl Arnold A push dagger...
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THE KLOPFEITSCHE / MARTINET
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THE KLOPFEITSCHE / MARTINET

A clothes whip supposedly used at Buchenwald Richard Henry Ditsong National Museum of Military History 22 May 2020 Introduction: On...
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