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Regiment Oos Rand

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Regiment Oos Rand - (5 members)

Regiment Oos Rand [Afr: Regiment Oos rand] was established as a Citizen Force infantry unit on 1 January 1960, in Germiston on the East Rand of the Transvaal (now part of Gauteng Province). The regiment was mobilised for Operation Duiker a week after activation and had 240 members available within 24 hours. By September 1960 the unit had received its regimental emblem. During 1962 the regiment was re-organised as a motorised infantry battalion and on 14 September 1963 it received its Colours. The regiment received the Freedom of Benoni in 1967, and received its ceremonial sword on 18 October 1969. From 1976 to 1979, Regiment Oos-Rand called up its members for operational service on the SWA border. From 1983 onward, Regiment Oos-Rand was involved in internal stability and township control under the Group 16 Headquarters. In 1990 the regiment was converted to a mechanised infantry battalion and assigned to the command of 73 Brigade.


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3724Posted by

James Gibson
on 17 September

RE: Regiment Oos Rand

REGIMENT OOS RAND

Regiment East Rand, stood up in January 1960 with a HQ at Benoni, as an Afrikaans speaking Infantry Regiment of the Citizen Force.

The Unit was an Infantry Motorized Regiment, consisted of the following:-

1. 81mm Mortar Platoon
2. Medics
3. Signals
4. Drivers


DUTIES

1. Regiment East Rand – from 1976 to 1979, the Unit was involved in the Border War.
2. Involved in Township Control in 1983.


OTHER

1. Infantry Battle School at OHATLA, Northern Cape in 1981.
Training Exercise – Combined Rattle 90’s, Missiles and Infantry.
2. In between the above activities there was the Normal Internal Camps.


WEAPONS USED DURING TRAINING (Before the first 90 days Border Camps)

1. R1 Semi Automatic Rifles, Light Machine Gun, Bren Gun and VICKERS.
2. Rifles grenade launched from R1 Rifles.
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3725Posted by

James Gibson
on 17 September

RE: Regiment Oos Rand

REGIMENT OOS RAND

CONTACT INFORMATION

Regiment Oos Rand
P.O. Box 555
Benoni
1500

Tel: 0118452143

A few months ago I passed the Regiment in Benoni. The Regiment still exists and at the same address, this is the address I knew of in the old days.

At a later stage I will try and email a Photo of the Regiments Berea Badge.
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3774Posted by

James Gibson
on 22 October

RE: Regiment Oos Rand

    Regiment Oos Rand


Photo of the Regiments Green Beret Badge, as promised

The 4 SAI Infantry Beret Badge, the Spring Buck was replaced with the Regiment Beret Badge, when we signed up with the Regiment. Although the Regiment was linked to an Infantry Battalion, we could not keep our Spring Buck Beret Badges; this was a sad day for our troopers.
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16223Posted by

Dudley Wall
on 7 October

RE: Regiment Oos Rand

Regiment East Rand...

YearNumber of members on Roll Of Honour
1986
1
TOTAL:
1
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