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3 South African Infantry Battalion

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3 South African Infantry Battalion - (79 members)

3 SA Infantry Battalion's (3 SAI) [Afr: 3 Suid-Afrikaanse Infanteriebataljon] inception was on 01 January 1962 at Lenz. It was moved to Potchefstroom on 05 December 1968 to train Citizen Force Members (National Service) as infantry soldiers. The unit was given operational status with two infantry battalions organized under the command of one Commanding Officer. During 1970, 3 SA Infantry Battalion was transformed into a force-in-being. It was moved to Kimberley in 1988


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3 South African Infantry Battalion - (79 members)

3 SA Infantry Battalion's (3 SAI) [Afr: 3 Suid-Afrikaanse Infanteriebataljon] inception was on 01 January 1962 at Lenz. It was moved to Potchefstroom on 05 December 1968 to train Citizen Force Members (National Service) as infantry soldiers. The unit was given operational status with two infantry battalions organized under the command of one Commanding Officer. During 1970, 3 SA Infantry Battalion was transformed into a force-in-being. It was moved to Kimberley in 1988


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2540Posted by

nicolaas zaayman
on 21 January

RE: 3 South African Infantry Battalion

The strangest thing is that i cannot seem to find any records of 3SAI taking over from the police in Sibinda etc in the Caprivi, as well as the role we played across the region in 1973. It is as if we never existed. Maybe i am dreaming that i spent 1973 walking 7 day patrols with a LMG, breaking ribs running off the back of Bedfords at drop-off points plus being picked up by choppers when available. I know it has been a long time ago but i have good and bad memories but would like confirmation that i was actually there. Any feedback would be welcome.
nik...

13378Posted by

David Alge
on 30 September

RE: 3 South African Infantry Battalion

Hi Nik,
I just want to assure you that your service when 3SAI assumed responsibility for the SAP in the Eastern Caprivi in 1973 was not a dream. I landed at Mpacha on May 31, 1973 and departed around October 31, 1973 after spending 5 months walking 7 day patrols, setting up temporary basis and laying ambushes along the cutline and flying into Singalongwe (hope my spelling is correct) when it came under attack one night. This was mostly done in section or on the rare occasion platoon strength. I carried with my swaarloop R1 with up to 15 magazines, 2 hand grenades and as much food and water I could carry. As we used to wait hours to be picked up by the choppers, the chopper pilots were never too popular with us. Mostly good memories, some bad.

Sadly, I too have never read anything anywhere admitting to or recognizing 3 SAI for this service.

David...

15153Posted by

Dudley Wall
on 30 June

RE: 3 South African Infantry Battalion

3 SA Infantry Battalion...

16733Posted by

van wyk hennie
on 14 December

RE: 3 South African Infantry Battalion

Diensplig Jan 1977 3 SAI C komp enige iemand wat daar was?...

27506Posted by

brian hansen
on 19 October

RE: 3 South African Infantry Battalion

Hi Nic
I would be a liar if I said I remembered you, but I too was at Sibinda (and can find very little records about it). I did my training in Bethlehem (17 Field) and in about May 1973 we drove a Bedford convoy of people and equipment from SA to Katima. From there I was posted to Sibinda where I spent the next 3 or 4 months walking up and down the cut-line. I was one of the sappers that did duty with you infantry chaps. I remember our patrol leader as Captain Harris. I did find a photo of the Sibinda camp entrance in an old Police journal. I can hardly believe it was now almost 50 years ago.
Sapper Brian Hansen...

YearNumber of members on Roll Of Honour
1970
1
1973
3
1975
1
1976
2
1977
5
1979
7
1980
6
1981
3
1983
4
1984
1
1985
3
1986
1
1988
1
1990
1
1992
2
1993
3
TOTAL:
44

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