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Crane’s Nest Guest House provides accommodation is close / near Fort Schanskop

After the Jameson Raid in 1896, Pres Paul Kruger of the "Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek" decided to protect Pretoria by constructing forts in strategic places. Eight forts were to be built initially, but due to a shortage of funds, only four were completed. Germans designed three of the four forts, Schanskop being one. Fort Schanskop was completed in 1897 and was built in such a way to avert possible attacks on Pretoria from the Johannesburg and Lourenco Marques railway line, as well as from the Johannesburg road. By mounting revolving artillery on the embankment of the fort, attacks from all directions could be warded off. Schanskop was armed with one 155 mm Creusot gun (Long Tom) and two Maxims(Pom-poms) by 1899. The soldiers included one officer and 30 privates from the Transvaal State Artillery.

Anglo – Boer War Museum

After the Voortrekker Monument and Nature Reserve Sec-21 Company took over the Fort in 2000, it was decided to limit the theme period of the museum to the period 1899-1914. A photographic display on various aspects of the Anglo-Boer War was compiled. Photographs on the role of the horse in the war can be viewed in Stal whilst the history of the State Artillery is portrayed in Officieren. An overview of the course of the war is on display in Proviand. Portraits of Boer generals, which are on loan from the SA Army College, as well as short biographical sketches, decorate the walls of the conference venue, Manschappen. Displays on the arms and ammunition of Boer and Brit, the history of the Fort, as well as medical conditions during the war are housed in the rest of the rooms. An archaeological display provides insight into life at the fort 100 years ago.


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