National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand : Military History & Army War Museum

Artefact of the Week: No.1 MkIII Hand Grenade

Artefact of the Week: No.1 MkIII Hand Grenade

October 10th, 2012

This week’s museum artefact is a No. 1 Mark III hand grenade . The No. 1 hand grenade was used by British and Commonwealth troops during World War One and was first introduced into service in July 1908. By the time it went out of service in mid 1917 it had advanced through three marks. The grenade pictured here is the No. 1 MkIII and has a brass body with segmented iron ring. The No. 1 grenade was fitted with fabric streamers to help it land head-first to allow the ‘Direct Action Percussion Fuse’ on top of the body to be struck, in turn, detonating the grenade.

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Artefact of the Week: New Zealand Wars Sword

September 17th, 2012

This week’s museum artefact is a Scottish officers’ sword which was presented to Maori Chief, Ropata Wahawaha by Queen Victoria during the New Zealand Wars. The sword was one of 6 presented to ‘loyal’ Maori chiefs in recognition of ‘service to the crown’ during the NZ Wars.

The sword was made by Wilkinson in England and is a Pattern 1865 Scottish Officers’ Basket Hilted Sword with Dress Scabbard and shoulder slung red/brown leather sword belt. The blade is engraved on one side with ‘Given by Queen Victoria To Ropata Wahawaha For His Unfailing Loyalty and Valour’ and on the other side with ‘(He Mea Hoatu) Na Wikitoria Na Te Kuini O Incaranui Ki Te Tangata Toa Ki A Ropata Wahawaha Moana Manawanui Ki Te Piri Tonu Ki Te Taha Kuini’.

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Artefact of the Week: Kippenberger’s Luger

August 28th, 2012

This week’s museum artefact is a German P08 Luger Pistol. The German Luger pistol was a popular souvenir during both World War I and II. However this 9mm calibre Luger is a little more special – it was taken from a German Fallschirmjager (paratrooper) on Crete by one of New Zealand’s most admired and outstanding leaders – Major General Sir Howard Kippenberger (then a Colonel).

Kippenberger’s story of the German paratrooper invasion of Crete, 20 May 1941, is recounted in his book, “Infantry Brigadier”.

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Artefact of the Week: Wrist Compass

August 23rd, 2012

This week’s museum artefact is a wrist compass. Compasses during World War II came in various forms and sizes, from the standard marching compass to ones hidden behind buttons. This wrist compass was used by U.S. airborne forces, like those depicted in the classic Band of Brothers television series. To make it glow in the dark the compass has been painted with radium paint, which means it has to be carefully handled and packaged in the museum’s Accoutrements’ storeroom.

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Artefact of the Week: Pro Kit

August 14th, 2012

This week’s museum artefact is a World War II Pro-kit. This Pro-kit is an unusual issue item but for something possibly essential to a soldier’s wellbeing. The kit’s contents are designed to protect soldiers from venereal disease, and include oitment, cloth, and a cleansing tissue. The kit was to be used ‘after the act’ and the instruction sheet makes for very squeamish reading, proving once more that prevention is better than the cure.

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Artefact of the Week: Shipping Trunk

August 7th, 2012

This week’s museum artefact as a remarkable shipping trunk, and can be found nestled amongst the Accoutrements and Social History’s luggage collection. The trunk by itself is a notable object of fine craftsmanship, but it has added significance because it was used by one of New Zealand’s nurses during World War I. The trunk is named to 22/542 Staff Nurse Florence de Lisle who trained in Napier before leaving New Zealand during the war. She cared for men in both Egypt and England during and following the conflict.

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Artefact of the Week: Leather Bound Soldier’s Paybook

July 18th, 2012

This week’s museum artefact is a leather bound paybook owned by Corporal Alexander Brodie of the Corps of Royal Engineers during the New Zealand Wars.

Brodie enlisted with the Royal Engineers in Edinburgh and was stationed in the United Kingdom before embarking overseas to New Zealand in 1863. He served as a Telegraphist throughout the Waikato campaign (1863-1864) often operating in an extremely hostile environment.

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Artefact of the Week: Bandage

June 29th, 2012

This week’s museum artefact is a bandage. At first glance this item appears to be an unremarkable bandage still in its original packaging, but the key to its significance is where it has been. This bandage was part of an Army medic’s kit on duty at Christchurch’s CTV building following the devastating earthquake on 22 February, 2011. The bandage is in the collection as a reminder of the work the New Zealand Army did on that terrible day and the days following to help the shattered city and its inhabitants.

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Artefact of the Week: Marble Box

June 21st, 2012

This week’s museum artefact is a marble box from World War II and a notable addition to the Museum’s Social History Collection. The box belonged to Sister Bessie Wylie and its lid is inscribed with various place names where New Zealander’s fought during the war. However, what makes the box really interesting is the inscription near the edge of the lid that reads, ‘From B.C.F.’. Bessie is said to have been one of the nurses who attended to the renowned New Zealand commander Bernard Freyberg after his plane crash in 1944. Although it is now impossible to confirm perhaps the initials B.C.F. on the lid mean none other than Bernard Cyril Freyberg.

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Can you Identify This Object?

June 6th, 2012

The Assistant Curator Textiles needs your help in identifying this badge!

If you recognise anything about this badge – it’s colours, writing, symbols – Please let us know.

 

 


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