Heritage Collection

Tim Gosling looks at a partnership between the South Africa Armour Museum and the Sandstone Heritage Trust which has put a unique collection of military vehicles on display

‘The military vehicles held at Sandstone are all directly connected to South African military history’

Fitted with an enclosed troop compartment the MK IIA Moffel is a mine-resistant ambush-protected troop carrier on a Unimog chassis
pictures Sandstone Heritage Trust
The Mark IV Sherman tank is one of 15 which were delivered to South Africa and which were retired only in 1965

I am sure I am much the same as most readers when considering destinations for family holidays. The most important consideration for me is “are there any military vehicle museums nearby”? One country which I am yet to visit but which is definitely on my wish list is South Africa and yes, there is a military museum there which I would like to visit.

In 1995, Sandstone Estates bought a farm within the Eastern Free State which had been in the same family’s ownership for 150 years. With the purchase of the farm came a wonderful collection of old machinery including Field Marshall and Lanz Bulldog tractors and other old but still serviceable equipment.

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