A recent display at the Museum depicts South Africa’s participation in this war in diorama form.
One scene is of an air base with a Mustang P-51 being refuelled and re-armed. A second scene depicts Sabres strafing a North Korean convoy. Included in this display is the bullet-shattered window of Lt E. F. Potgieter’s Mustang. His goggles were shot from his face in the attack but he emerged unscathed.
Korean War Diorama.
Recent events in Angola and on the borders of the Republic have led to the revival of the concept of military art. To portray the conditions under which our servicemen live, train and fight the Department of Defence has appointed three official military artists — Major Victor G. Metcalf (Army), Captain Ronald R. Belling (Air Force) and Lieutenant Leonard N. Lindeque (Navy). Their works to date total 57 paintings and drawings.
The first public exhibition of South Africa’s Contemporary Military Art was opened at the Museum on 29 March 1978. At the opening Major-General J.C. Lemmer, MC, Chairman of the Council of Trustees of the Museum, welcomed some 300 guests on behalf of the Museum and introduced Lieutenant-General J.C. Dutton, SM, Chief of Staff Operations of the South African Defence Force, who formally opened the exhibition.
Lieutenant-General Dutton, in addressing the guests, suggested that the expression ‘Military Art’ was more appropriate than the usual ‘War Art’ — the merit of which was readily acknowledged.
Section of South Africa's Contemporary Military Art Exhibition.
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