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In 1797 a decision was made to establish a permanent military base on Wynberg Hil1. 4 It was well placed between Simon's Bay and Cape Town and offered a good view of the False Bay coastline. Silver trees were cut from the government woods at Witte boom to serve as the skele- WYNBERG MILITARY BASE AND THE ARMY OFFICERS' CLUB Private R.W. Brann* Wynberg Military Base is, with the exception of the Castle, the oldest military establishment in South Africa. Its history has long been neglected. Thisdoi:10.5787/19-1-388 fatcat:26wrrrdxinhvfhi7fnckx22yii