On our last Society Evening, 10th August, Rodney Warwick presented us with the third of his in-depth talks on South African History.
In March 2002 he spoke on the 1914 South African military invasion of German South-West-Africa, and in August 2003 on the 1915 battle of Riet and Pforte.
His third talk, dealing with more recent matters, was also extremely well illustrated, but in a sense much more thought-provoking than the fore-runners, in that he gave us a critical view on the many mistakes made by senior politicians and military leaders during a time of high tension on our sub-continent.
Unfortunately, due to time limitations the scribe regrets that it was not possible for him to produce an appropriate review of Rodney's talk, but this will follow in our October Newsletter.
Africa Aerospace and Defence 2006 & Airshow - AFB Ysterplaat
Africa Aerospace and Defence 2006 (AAD 2006) will take place from 20 - 24 Sept. Attracting exhibitors, official delegations and trade visitors from around the world, this event will be held at Air Force Base Ysterplaat, Cape Town, with three trade days (20-22 Sept.) and two public days. This is the only exposition of its kind in Africa and will feature more than 400 exhibitors from at least 25 countries. The main event on the public days will be the best air-show that Capetonians will have experienced in recent years. Be sure not to miss it!
Your Society will also be represented at the show to promote our activities, through the kind auspices of the SA Legion.
Show opening times: 7 am. (For entrance details please refer to newspapers closer to the date)
Entrance Fees: Children under 12 years: R20,00 & adults: R30,00
Additional information and airshow programme will only be available closer to the date at the following websites: http://www.aadexpo.co.za/ & http://www.saafmuseum.org.za
Lectures for 2007
During the next Committee Meeting in September, your Committee will discuss and plan the Lecture List for next year. Anyone who would like to present a talk or who is able to suggest a speaker, is welcome to contact the Scribe with proposals, and if any member would like a past speaker to be re-invited we would like to hear from you as soon as possible.
AN UPDATE ON THE MILITARY/POLITICAL SITUATION ON THE AFRICAN CONTINENT
Speaker: Major Helmoed-Roemer Heitman
THE FINAL BATTLE OF EL ALAMEIN IN OCTOBER 1942
Speaker: Colonel Lionel Crook
TRAGEDY AT KUFRA
An illustrated talk by Francois de Wet on the disappearance of 3 SAAF Blenheims in North Africa in 1942 in which his uncle, Major de Wet, was lost.
December: IN RECESS
Society Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of every month, at 20h00 in the Recreation Room of the SA LEGIONS'S ROSEDALE COMPLEX, Lower Nursery Road (off Liesbeeck Parkway/Alma Road - Traffic Light), obliquely opposite Rosebank Railway Station. Secure Parking inside premises. Visitors welcome. Entrance fee for visitors R6,00. Tea and biscuits will be served.
Jochen (John) Mahncke