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Royal Logistics Corps Museum—600 years of if you can’t move it you can’t use it

1 March 2017

51° 18′ 38″ N / 0° 42′ 05″ W

 

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Welcome to the RLC Museum—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

The Royal Logistics Corps Museum (better known by the RLC Museum) is a prize with artifacts, relics, models and archives dating back 600 years. Items on display primarily come from the battlefield so they each possess the sweat and emotion/deprivation of the soldier at the time. The wooden shaft of the assegais used by Zulu warriors in the Anglo-Zulu War. The Tang packet issued to an Argentine infantryman during the Falklands War. The Webley revolver carried by a Royal Army officer during the South Africa War—and so much more.

The RLC Museum is hardly near a large town though less than two hours from London and it is about the size of a grocery store but it is a rich and beautifully arranged museum that is world-caliber in its effect. Seeing closely and being able to hover over these varied historic artifacts, as well as the admirable dioramas, just is not done in larger museums—that is pleasingly unique to the RLC Museum.

There is no entry fee, parking fee or café. The facilities are excellent and displays can easily be viewed by children. Visiting can be comfortably done in an hour though pondering and consideration is both encouraged as well as rewarded by well placed seating. Yes, this museum possesses comfort and depth of knowledge—each easily and pleasantly experienced. Located in the village of Deepcut (where a comfortable café with well made food is present just a few minutes away), the RLC Museum easily found as it is wee bit east of the intersection of Deepcut Ridge Road and New Foundling Road in Deepcut UK.

The museum also has extensive archives as well as a to notch section of books for purchase (among many other items)—the store is well provisioned, of course 😉

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RLC Museum para drop (wicker baskets absorbing the landing impact quite well) entrance display —Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

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Field Montgomery’s 1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith staff car in the RLC Museum (it is kept in operating condition and used on occasion)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

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RLC Museum’s exhibit of Monty’s ride when it was landed on Juno Beach only three days after the D-Day in Normandy during WW II—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

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The “Flying Lady” (Spirit of Ecstasy) of  Monty’s Roller in the RLC Museum—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

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RLC Museum’s Anglo-Zulu War (1879) artifacts (Martini-Henry rifle and  Zulu assegais thrusting spears)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

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Cartridges (.45 calibre rolled brass foil black powder) of the Martini-Henry infantry rifle recovered from the Battle of Isandlwana and replica of the Victoria Cross awarded to Acting Asst. Commissary J.L. Dalton for his actions at Rorke’s Drift in 1879—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

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A few of the RLC Museum’s South African War (1889–1902) relics including a Webely Top-Break revolver and wine flasks—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

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RLC Museum’s chrome and steel Maxim Machine Gun model—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

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RLC Museum’s WW I Fowler Traction Engine model (among the first uses of a heavy hauling machine in direct support of combat operations)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

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Some of the RLC Museum’s Falklands War captured Argentine artifacts (the Argentine FMAP/FAP was a squad automatic weapon used by the UK forces when possible since their infantry rifles fired semi-auto only but used the same magazines and ammunition)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

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RLC Museum’s display of a front line workshop where mechanics had to repair all manner of equipment with what was at hand—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

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RLC Museum’s model of a Crimean War (in reailty the first world war, 1853–1856) mortar—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

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RLC Museum display of rifles includes these, a Brown Bess (upper) and Baker (lower)—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

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Actual 7-pounder mountain gun (typical of the late 1800s) RLC Museum—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

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Actual 7-pounder mountain gun (typical of the late 1800s) RLC Museum—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

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The RLC crest—Joseph May:Travel for Aircraft

My thanks to Ross Sharp for substantially improving the information in this post.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. shortfinals permalink
    1 March 2017 10:46

    Hi Joe, I am SO glad that you made it to the RLC Museum – a real gem. A couple of minor points, if I may. In the display of rifles, the muzzle you can see on the right belongs to a Lee-Enfield No 4 (I cannot tell you if it a No 4 Mk 1 or Mk 2 without seeing more of the rifle). Also the muzzle below the Baker Rifle belongs to a Sten gun (again, we would need to see more to identify the Mark). The weapon in the Falklands War exhibit, is an FMAP/FAP, an Argentine-built version of the famous FN FAL, modified to act as a ‘squad automatic weapon’. Since they used the same magazine and ammunition as the British version of the FN/FAL, the L1A1 SLR, they were often picked up and used on the battlefield by British troops. Why? The otherwise excellent SLR offered semi-automatic fire only.

    Oh, and the Fowler steam engine is a Traction Engine, intended to pull heavy loads on the road, not a Tractor Engine (there was a separate class of Ploughing Engine).

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      1 March 2017 11:24

      Your help is always most welcome. I’ll refine the captions on the weekend 🙂 I can send you the uncropped images as well 🙂

  2. theflyingyorkshireman permalink
    3 March 2017 15:34

    And a bit of trivia, Joe… The motto on the SLC crest – “Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense” – is French and translates as “Shame on anyone who thinks evil of it.” This originated with Chivalric Order of The Garter, dating back to the reign of King Edward III. The current Sovereign of the Garter is HM Queen Elizabeth II, and her son HRH The Prince of Wales serves as Royal Knight Companion. Latterday Companions/Knights/Ladies include The Duke of Edinburgh; HRH (Anne) The Princess Royal; Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia; Sir Edmund Hillary; Earl Mountbatten of Burma; Viscount Montgomery of Alamein; Sir Winston Churchill; and Baroness Margaret Thatcher. (See wikipedia.org for additional history/ background). I stopped wearing garters years ago, but understand they are still worn by some of the ladies, especially in France…

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