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Get with the big guns
Ride in a Saracen Armoured Car at the Open Day (Image Supplied)
The National Military Vehicle Museum is holding their Open Day 2017 on October 29, commemorating the centenary of the Battle of Beersheba in World War 1. During the battle Australian Light Horse Regiments conducted a mounted infantry charge with bayonets, capturing the town and part of the garrison. The Battle of Beersheba is the also focus of the Our Light Horsemen exhibition on display at Keswick Barracks in the Army Museum of South Australia.
The Military Vehicle Museum is renown for putting on an awesome show at their events, and the Open Day 2017 will be no exception. Expect to see a Saracen armoured car, tanks, Bren gun carrier, a Willys Jeep and gun tractors out on display and available for rides. The cost of the rides will be from $5 and up, with the proceeds helping the museum and Hearts 4 Heroes, a non-profit charity that supports our military, veterans and emergency service personnel injured while serving our country.
The setting for the museum is particularly appropriate as it is located in part of the former Salisbury Explosives Factory. The factory was an enormous manufacturing complex which churned out bombs and explosives for Australia's defence in World War 2. Today the explosives factory (like the Finsbury Munitions Factory) is just one of the forgotten World War 2 relics in SA.
Inside the former explosives factory, you can find a huge static display of military vehicles, army uniforms, and military memorabilia. The collection of vehicles is quite unique and includes the full range of vehicles used during World War 2. Tanks and troop carriers, staff cars and searchlight trucks, Wiles cookers to feed soldiers in camp, and even a mobile radar unit to complement the top-secret fixed radar stations in SA.
Also indoors you will find stands with a military collectors display and Hewitt Modellers. Buy signed copies of Barry Spicer military artwork, and see a re-enactment static display of World War 2 Normandy.
The Australian Defence Forces will be on hand with static displays at the National Military Vehicle Museum, showcasing some of the latest technology your tax dollars can buy. A BAE armoured vehicle display outside the museum will be complemented by historic Land Rover and Jeep line-ups.
Re-enact SA World War 1 Raising the First Contingent in 1914
The Barossa Light Horse Association and Re-enact SA are joining in the celebrations for the Military Vehicle Museum Open Day. Both groups are often seen around town adding some historical colour to events commemorating World War 1, such as Raising the First Contingent in 1914.
After taking in the excitement of museum displays and rides, you will probably be ready for some refreshments. A BBQ and sausage sizzle will be available, with bacon and egg sandwiches, soft drinks, ice creams, tea, coffee and biscuits to suit all appetites.
25 Pounder Field Gun From the Military Vehicle Museum
Get the latest news about the National Military Vehicle Museum Open Day 2017 on the museum website and their Facebook page. This annual event is great value at $15 for adults, with kids getting in for free. It's a full day action-packed program of fun things to do, so don't miss it this year.