A Remarkable Object: Private McLennan's Boer War Helmet
In a corner of the museum in Colesberg in the Northern Cape, South Africa, there is a remarkable object. It is a British Foreign Service helmet dating to the Second Anglo-Boer War (1899–1902). Colesberg was on the front line during the 1899–1900 campaign of the war in the Cape Colony. So why is this object so remarkable? The answer is in the story behind the helmet.

On this day

On this day
30 January

1942 — Japanese troops attacked AMBON, Netherlands East Indies, (Indonesia). Australian troops of “Gull Force” and about 2,600 NEI soldiers tried to defend the island but were defeated

1951 — Women’s Royal Australian Air Force formed

1968 — The TET OFFENSIVE began in Vietnam. A series of co-ordinated attacks by communist forces were defeated but the Offensive proved to be a propaganda  victory for the communists, accelerating the American public’s growing opposition to the war. Australian troops of 2nd, 3rd, and 7th Battalions, Royal Australian Regiment were involved in the Offensive