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Regiment Oranjerivier

Occuli et Auris - Eyes & Ears; Robose et Vigilentice

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Regiment Orange River [Afr: Regiment Oranjerivier] (ROR) was founded as Regiment Noordwes-Kaap, S.A.P.K. on September 12, 1952, but this name was changed in the same year to Regiment Hertzog. Its official establishment date is given as 1 Jul 1952. Due to a reorganisation of the Citizen Force the unit was redesignated Regiment Oranjerivier on January 1, 1960. It became the armoured car regiment of 71 Infantry Brigade on November 15, 1974


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Occuli et Auris - Eyes & Ears; Robose et Vigilentice

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RE: Regiment Oranjerivier

Regiment Oranjerivier was established in 1952 at Upington as Regiment North West Cape. The name was later changed to Regiment Hertzog and in 1960 to Regiment Oranjerivier with the motto of “Oculi et Aures” (Eye & Ears).

In 1966 the Freedom of Access to Upington was awarded to the Regiment. In 1968 the same honour was bestowed on the Regiment by the Town Council of Keimoes. The Headquarters was re-located in 1975 to Cape Town.

The unit partook in the First Brigade exercise (17 Brigade) “Exercise BROLLY TREE II” at Potchefstroom and in 1980 in “Exercise AGGRESSOR III”.

In 1987 the unit performed COIN Operations and attended “Exercise LIGHTING”, later that year. In 1988 the Regiment participated in “Exercise PRONE” in Southern Angola, in 1989 in “Exercise COBRA”, 1990 “Exercise EXCALIBUR” and in 1992 “Exercise GENESIS”. The unit received a Rooikat trophy for the best Armour unit during a 7 SA Division Exercise (not 9 SA Divison Formation as originally stated [thanks, Christie van Zyl]).

MOTTO: “OCULI ET AURES” – Eyes & Ears.



Source: Customs & Traditions, History and Insignia of the South African Armoured Corps, 2nd Edition...


RE: Regiment Oranjerivier

Some more info provided by Leon Stroebel:

ROR was called up as part of 71 Brigade from Jan 1976 until March 1976 to participate in Operation Savannah.
From May 1977 until July 1977 the regiment again did service on the border and was deployed to various bases in the Operational Area between Katima Mulilo and Ruacana.
Again called up for border duty in the later part of 1980, the regiment deployed subunits to bases in the Operational Area, including Ruacana (where Leon was deployed to).

Afrikaans:
ROR was as deel van 71 Brigade in Jan 1976 tot Maart 1976 opgeroep om deel te neem aan Ops Savannah. 1977 Mei tot Julie weer ontplooi op die grens wat gestrek het vanaf Katima Mulilo tot Ruacana. 1980 in die latere maande weereens vir 3 maande ontplooi op die grens. Weet nie waar orals nie, maar ek persoonlik was op Ruacana....


RE: Regiment Oranjerivier


REGIMENT ORANJERIVIER [R.O.R] has a Closed Facebook Group at
https://www.facebook.com/groups/204486682910615/

Please feel free to join the group if you werea member of this regiment......


RE: Regiment Oranjerivier

Regiment Oranjerivier Stable belt (Photo: Karel Minnie, ROR Facbeook Group)...


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Regiment Oranjerivier beret badge and balkie (Photo: Christie van Zyl, ROR Facebook group)...


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16434Posted by

Dudley Wall
on 14 November

RE: Regiment Oranjerivier

Regiment Oranjerivier and Regiment Sarel Cilliers...

YearNumber of members on Roll Of Honour
1976
1
1977
1
TOTAL:
2
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Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET

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