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1 South African Infantry Battalion

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1 South African Infantry Battalion - (91 members)

1 South African Infantry Battalion (1 SAI) [Afr: 1 Suid-Afrikaanse Infanteriebataljon] was established as 1 SA Infantry Training Battalion at Oudtshoorn on January 26, 1951. It was reconstituted as 1 SA Infantry Battalion in November 1967 and moved to its current base at Tempe, Bloemfontein, in November 1973. The unit mechanised in 1976 and the unit insignia was changed to the Honey Badger. In 1982 the ostrich feathers which indicated the origin of the unit from the Oudtshoorn-days, was accepted and also used as a beret badge. It remained a training unit in the Orange Free State Command but at one stage was also under the direct command of the Chiet of the Army. The mechanised infantry-balkie was used in the Mechanised Training Wing.


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1 South African Infantry Battalion - (91 members)

1 South African Infantry Battalion (1 SAI) [Afr: 1 Suid-Afrikaanse Infanteriebataljon] was established as 1 SA Infantry Training Battalion at Oudtshoorn on January 26, 1951. It was reconstituted as 1 SA Infantry Battalion in November 1967 and moved to its current base at Tempe, Bloemfontein, in November 1973. The unit mechanised in 1976 and the unit insignia was changed to the Honey Badger. In 1982 the ostrich feathers which indicated the origin of the unit from the Oudtshoorn-days, was accepted and also used as a beret badge. It remained a training unit in the Orange Free State Command but at one stage was also under the direct command of the Chiet of the Army. The mechanised infantry-balkie was used in the Mechanised Training Wing.


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15139Posted by

Dudley Wall
on 29 June

RE: 1 South African Infantry Battalion

1 SA Infantry Battalion...

YearNumber of members on Roll Of Honour
1965
1
1972
1
1973
3
1976
4
1977
2
1978
3
1979
1
1980
2
1981
9
1982
6
1983
1
1984
2
1987
2
1988
3
TOTAL:
40

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