South African Military History Society

News-sheet No. 94. DURBAN BRANCH May 1981.


At the monthly get-together on 14th May, our Chairman, Commandant 'SB' Bourquin, gave a repeat presentation of his illustrated talk on "A True Freedom Fighter - Andreas Hofer". This was a greatly improved version of an earlier talk which he gave in February 1980, in that during a recent trip to Europe he had carried out some local researches at Innsbruck (Austria) and had added greatly to the number and variety of colour slides. Particularly interesting was his description' of one of the world's largest paintings which depicts the Battle of the Tyroleans under Hofer against the combined French and Bavarian armies at Berg Isl in 1809. This circular painting which is housed in a huge rotunda at Innsbruck is contained on one sheet of canvas ten meters high and one hundred meters long joined along only one seam. The canvas weighs seven tons and the artist, Professor Zeno Diemer, used up four tons of paint in the process.

After a lively discussion a vote of thanks to 'SB' was moved by 'Midge' Carter.


A warm welcome is extended to new member Mr. S.A. Watt.


Programme of Monthly Meetings
"BATTLE OF MIDWAY" Starring James Coburn and Henry Fonda. (There will be a silver collection to defray expenses).
July 9th"SURVIVAL" Mrs. Kay Lander will relate how in 1942 she and her baby son were taken from their home in Manila, the Philippines, and spent the next three years along with more than 4 300 others in a Japanese prisoner of war camp.
August 13thTo be announced.
September 10thCmdt Justin Hulme will give a talk entitled "D - FOR DESERTERS"..
October 8thMajor Darrell Hall will present an illustrated slide talk entitled "At the Call of King and Country" which deals with the training and battles of his uncle who served in the 2nd - 3rd London Regiment (Territorial Force) affiliated to the Royal Fusiliers in WWI.

The venue for all meetings will be the Lecture Room, 'SB' Bourquin Building, the Port Natal Administration Board's head office, on the corner of Jan Smuts Highway and Buro Crescent, at the foot of Mayville Hill, on the second Thtirsday in the month, commencing at 8 p.m. and there is ample parking, under guard, in' the grounds. Glasses and ice will be supplied so please bring your own bottled or canned refreshments. FRIENDS AND INTERESTED PERSONS ARE WELCOME TO COME ALONG.

(Mrs) Tania van der Watt,
Secretary, Durban Branch,
S.A. Military History Society,
Box 870, HILLCREST, 3650.
Tel. (031) 742970.

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