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Bloemfontein City Commando

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The Bloemfontein City Commando [Afr: Bloemfontein Stadskommando (BSK)] can trace its origins back to 1848 when Andries Pretorius raised a Commando of 1,000 men from the Bloemfontein, Caledon River and Winburg areas in the Orange Free State. It operated as an active Boer commando operating against the British forces during the Anglo-Boer War. It was reactivated as a proper commando, the Bloemfontein Commando, in 1948 after a period of inactivity. In 1956 the Bloemfontein Commando was broken up into two separate commandos, the Bloemfontein City Commando and the Bloemfontein District Commando. During the SADF-period the commando did several tours of duty in the Operational Area between 1976 and 1982. It was organised under the Group 35 Headquarters as part of the Free State Command and was responsible for internal security and local area protection during the unrests of the 1980s.

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