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Revisit tales of soldiers’ valour at this museum

The museum is a walk down the memory lane from 1000 AD onwards and weaves a chronological tale of indomitable saga of valour and sacrifice of soldiers of Southern Command in the pre and post-Independence era.

pune Updated: Jul 26, 2017 15:41 IST
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The museum showcases the history of the Southern Command since its inception.
The museum showcases the history of the Southern Command since its inception.(HT PHOTO)

The National War Museum, located at the National War Memorial in Ghorpadi, is a place that can fill your heart with patriotic pride. The entry is through a separate gate and you are greeted with a plaque that reads ‘Southern Command Museum’.

The museum showcases the history of the Southern Command since its inception. It also provides a glimpse into the martial history of Maharashtra, southern India and Rajasthan which form the geographical expanse of the Southern Command’s area of responsibility.

The museum is a walk down the memory lane from 1000 AD onwards and weaves a chronological tale of indomitable saga of valour and sacrifice of soldiers of Southern Command in the pre and post-Independence era.

This history has been depicted through photographs and artefacts, including captured weapons, flags, documents, statues, murals, busts and oil canvas paintings.

A Shivaji Maharaj statue is placed near the Maharashtra corner, where you have statues of Balajirao alias Nanasaheb Peshwa, Tipu Sultan and Jijabai with a young Shivba. Each statute is supported with a plaque that describes the rich history of the era.

The museum primarily comprises a main building where there are different types of soldier uniforms, captured bullet shells and other documents from wars. The Rajasthan corner, Dakshin Bharat corner and the Maharashtra corner; each of these corners have information, written and visual, about wars, important people and paintings of the era.

The museum also houses a paint ball range to give visitors a first-hand simulated experience of combat with terrorists. It also has a tank museum showcasing Indian and captured enemy tanks.

National War Museum

What: A museum that showcases the history of the Southern Command since its inception

Where: Located at the National War Memorial in Ghorpadi

When: 9.30 am-12.30 pm and 3-7 pm, closed on Tuesday