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17 Field Squadron

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17 Field Squadron [Afr: 17 Genieveldeskadron] was established as a military engineer unit at Potchefstroom, in January 1962, to help with the training of hundreds of National Servicemen every year. In 1963 the unit help build the firing range at Walvis Bay; in 1965 it asssisted with the construction of a test firing tunnel at Potchefstroom; in 1966 it built hangars at the military bases in Potchefstroom and Bloemfontein; in 1967 it constructed another firing tunnel at Pretoria, as well as a concrete bridge across the Olifants River, at Middelburg in the Tranvaal. The unit was relocated to Bethlehem in November 1967 and received the freedom of the city of Bethlehem on 31 Oct 1970. During 1970, the unit constructed a large concrete bridge of 196m over the Pongola River, a 327m long train-bridge across the Orange River at Bethulie; an emergency Bailey-bridge over the flooded Nahoon River-bridge, near East-London. In 1973 17 Field Engineer Squadron became the new 2 Field Engineer Regiment, located at Bethlehem.

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2389Posted by

Mark Billingham
on 11 December

RE: 17 Field Squadron

17 Field Squadron was a training squadron of 2Field Engineer Regiment and was based at Gerands Dam Bethlehem. (National Service.)...

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