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4 Artillery Regiment - (67 members)

4 Artillery Regiment (4 ART) was based at Potchefstroom after World War 2, and became 4 Field Training Regiment in 1953. It was disestablished as a Training Institution in November 1967 and became instead 4 Field Regiment (4 FIELD) responsible for training all National Servicemen allotted to Field and Medium Artillery units of the Citizen Force. Renamed to 4 Artillery Regiment, as part of 10 Artillery Brigade, in 1983. It comprised of a Regt HQ, 41 Battery, 42 Battery, 43 Battery (in Walvis Bay), 1 Medium Battery, 44 Battery and 4 Locating Battery.


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RE: 4 Artillery Regiment

The regiment has a curious and unsubstantiated link to the Frontier Armed and Mounted Police (FAMP), formed in 1855. The link is made more so because of an instruction issued by the Deputy Chief of Staff in 1945. An FAMP artillery troop was raised at Komgha, Eastern Cape, in 1874, by Capt Robinson, RA, and when the FAMP was replaced by the Cape Mounted Riflemen in 1878 it affected the troop very little. In July 1880 the troop became a battery under the command of Maj Giles, RA, and known as the Cape Field Artillery.


By 1884 the battery had again become part of the CMR and drilled as a troop of Horse Artillery and in 1913 the troop became the 1st Battery, South African Mounted Rifles and in 1922 it was used in the Rand Rebellion as mounted riflemen. In the same year it became the 1st Battery, South African Field Artillery and in 1934, 1st Field Battery, South African Artillery, and in 1940, 10th Field Battery, 4th Field Brigade, later 4 Field Regiment.


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Although pre-war ACF (later CF, now Reserve) artillery units were resuscitated in 1946; 4 Field Regiment was treated differently.


On 28 May 1945 authority was granted for the “construction and formation” of 4 Field Regiment as a full time Permanent Force regiment with effect from 1 April 1945. The instruction stated “… the new regiment was not to be confused with the original 4 Field Regiment (V), South African Artillery which was amalgamated with 22 Field Regiment on 1 October 1943…” It was indeed a strange move. For more than a year until the “original” 4 Field Regiment (V) was established there was thus two regiments bearing the same title, both with batteries numbered, 10, 11 and 12!


The decision was made stranger still when the Deputy Chiefof Staff decided and informed the Adjutant General on 25 June 1945 that: “It has been decided that the 4th. Fd. Regiment. in the Union is the same as the 4 Fd. Regiment. now amalgamated with the 22 Fd. Regiment. in C.M.F. and that it is to be a P.F. unit.”The Adjutant General’s office had earlier pointed out that “The 4 Fd. Bde S.A.A. (had been) brought on to full time service in 1940.”


With this background the seniority of 4 Artillery Regiment could be seen as much earlier than presently thought.


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RE: 4 Artillery Regiment

4th Field Brigade was the first artillery unit to depart for action in East Africa in World War II. At the end of the East African Campaign the brigade moved to Egypt where it was increased to regimental establishment. With only two batteries the regiment took part in the battles of Bardia and Sollum. It moved thereafter to Gazala and later, badly under strength took part in the battle of Alamein in July 1942 and the final twelve day Battle of Alamein.


After returning to South Africa in December 1942, the regiment returned to North Africa and combined with 22 Field Regiment as the self-propelled 4/22 Field Regiment. As such it fought through the Italian Campaign from April 1944 until the collapse of the German armies on 8 May 1945.


Based at Potchefstroom after the war, it became 4 Field Training Regiment in 1953 with 10, 11 and 12 Field Batteries at Potchefstroom, Bloemfontein and Oudtshoorn respectively. It was disestablished as a Training Institution in November 1967 and became instead, 4 Field Regiment responsible for training all National Servicemen allotted to Field and Medium Artillery units of the Citizen Force.


Seven years later the regiment became a unit of 10 Artillery Brigade but when the need for an artillery brigade was no longer a necessity, 4 Artillery Regiment remained and 14 Artillery Regiment closed down in 1993. The regiment has taken part in most if not all the cross-border operations since Operation Savannah in 1976, in which it was also involved.


It became the first Permanent Force artillery regiment to be presented with a Regimental Colour and claims to be the first Permanent Force unit to have appointed an Honorary Colonel. The regiment was awarded the Freedom of Potchefstroom in 1984.
The regiment is currently organised as a composite unit and has the growth capability for the establishment of additional regular regiments as well as providing personnel for the Reserve regiment.



SOURCE: South African Gunner, by Col (Ret) Lionel Crook...


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4 Artillery Regiment Colours (as per Art Card, dated 1972)...


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Art Card for the 4 Field Regiment Shoulder Flash, approved 1972...


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15865Posted by

Dudley Wall
on 24 August

RE: 4 Artillery Regiment

South African Artillery...
YearNumber of members on Roll Of Honour
1964
2
1970
1
1972
1
1975
5
1976
1
1977
1
1978
4
1979
1
1980
1
1981
5
1983
3
1987
5
1988
3
1990
1
1991
1
1992
1
TOTAL:
36

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