The South African
Military History Society

Die Suid-Afrikaanse Krygshistoriese Vereniging

Military History Journal
Vol 1 No 3 - December 1968

From the Hon. Editors

In the first two issues articles were published, firstly on the history of the South African National War Museum, and secondly, on the ideals and plans for the future development of this resting place of so many of the treasures which portray so much of our rich military historical heritage.

In this Museum even the most blasé and cynical visitor cannot but be impressed by the dignity and decorum of the general presentation, and, within a few moments of entering the gardens and halls, one is consciously “in touch” with our military past.

Visits to the War Museum today are something we would rate a “must” for everyone living in South Africa, or even only visiting her, who has any interest in her yesterdays. It is a veritable treasure house, a mine of information both for the historian and the researcher, and at the same time it is a vital memorial to the sacrifices and to the achievements of our country and of her sons and daughters, so many of whom have proven their love of her by their willingness to serve her voluntarily.

The South African National War Museum is today a great credit to the nation and an institution eminently worthy of the support of all South Africans.

It is also, a living memorial to all those who have served South Africa under arms and who are no longer with us today.

Of them, within this Museum, it can well be said: “Si monumentuum circuit . . . circumspice”

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