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Regiment President Steyn

Floreat - Prosper; Vryheid, Getrouheid, Moed - Freedom, Faith, Courage

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Regiment President Steyn - (8 members)

Regiment President Steyn (RPS) was established on April 1, 1934, named for Marthinus Theunis Steyn, and raised in the Bloemfontein area. The unit was later converted to an armoured car regiment. In 1975 the regiment converted from armoured cars to tanks and formed part of 82 Mechanized Brigade. Its first active duty as a tank unit was when two squadrons took part in Operation Packer in March 1988


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Regiment President Steyn (RPS) was established on April 1, 1934, named for Marthinus Theunis Steyn, and raised in the Bloemfontein area. The unit was later converted to an armoured car regiment. In 1975 the regiment converted from armoured cars to tanks and formed part of 82 Mechanized Brigade. Its first active duty as a tank unit was when two squadrons took part in Operation Packer in March 1988


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Floreat - Prosper; Vryheid, Getrouheid, Moed - Freedom, Faith, Courage

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Established on April 1, 1934, named for Marthinus Theunis Steyn, the last President of the Orange Free State Republic and raised in the Bloemfontein area. Mobilised in June 1940 and reinforced with drafts from Regiments De Wet and Louw Wepener as well as the OVS Veld Artillerie before being deployed to Egypt a year later as the Machine Gun Battalion of 1 SA Division. The regiment was roughed up at Sidi Rezegh in November 1941, where the wikipedia notes its 3rd Company went into action with 4 officers, 117 other ranks and 25 "natives", of whom only 1 officer, 44 other ranks and 9 "natives" survived. In December the unit came under command of 5 SA Brigade. Drafts from 3 Transvaal Scottish, also worse for wear from Sidi Rezegh, arrived in March 1942 and later that year the unit was back in action at El Alamein. The regiment returned home in January 1943 and in August merged with Regiment Botha for service in Italy.

The unit was later converted to an armoured car regiment. In 1975 the regiment converted from armoured cars to tanks and eventually formed part of 82 Mechanized Brigade. “What was later to become Regiment Vrystaat was formed in the same year as the second battalion of Regiment President Steyn. The regiment saw service during the South African Border War (as infantry). Its first active duty as a tank unit was when two squadrons took part in Operation Packer in March 1988.”

Motto: Floreat (Blossom).
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RE: Regiment President Steyn

Named after the last president of the Orange Free State Republic, Marthinus Theunis Steyn, the Regiment was established in Bloemfontein with effect from 1 April 1934. Soon after its formation as an infantry battalion, however, it was converted to a machine-gun battalion.
Regiment President Steyn served as a machine-gun battalion with 1st S.A. Division in North Africa, its ranks being brought up to strength by volunteers from Regiment de Wet, Regiment Louw Wepener and Oranje Vrystaatse Veldartillerie. It saw much service in the desert battles, notably at Sidi Rezegh where No 3 Company went into action with 4 officers, 117 other ranks and 25 NEAS, and brought out only 1 officer, 44 other ranks and 9 NEAS.
Drafts were received from the 3rd Transvaal Scottish and the regiment took part with distinction, in the battles at Alamein.
Returning to South Africa, the Regiment was combined with Regiment Botha to form Regiment Botha - President Steyn and underwent intensive training as an armoured regiment. It arrived in Italy too late, however, to take part in the final defeat of the German armies.
Re-formed as a Citizen Force infantry battalion in 1946, Regiment President Steyn was converted to armour in 1949.
The Regiment was presented with a Colour by Mrs M.T. Steyn, widow of the late President, at a parade in Bloemfontein on 17 October 1939.
In the general reorganisation of the Citizen Force in 1960 the Regiment was redesignated Regiment Bloemfontein from 1 January but succeeded in regaining its original name on 1 September 1966.
Nine years later the Unit strength had grown to the extent that a second regiment was established, the original Unit becoming an armoured regiment and the new Unit, designated 2 Regiment President Steyn, an armoured car regiment.
1 Regiment President Steyn reverted to its original name (by the deletion of "1" from the title) on 1 August 1975.
The Regiment received the Freedom of Bloemfontein at an impressive ceremony on 1 April 1954, its 20th Birthday. A National Colour was presented to Regiment President Steyn by Gen Mortimer at Potchefstroom on 5 December 1991.
The present Honorary Colonel is Col Emmanuel (Manie) Eloff.

BATTLE HONOURS
East Africa 1940-41
Western Desert 1941-43
Sidi Rezegh
Gazala
Alamein Defence
El Alamein
MOTTO Floreat: Prosper

Source: 71 MOTORISED BRIGADE, by Lionel Crook 1994...


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The Regiment President Steyn Association has a Facebook group, called "Regiment President Steyn Association", at https://web.facebook.com/groups/988266484547415/about/...


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Regiment President Steyn / Regiment Bloemfontein Colours (as per Art Card, dated 1962)...


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Art Card for the Regiment President Steyn Shoulder Flash, approved 1974:...


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Regiment President Steyn / Regiment Bloemfontein Colours with Honours (as per Art Card, dated 1962)...


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1976
2
TOTAL:
2

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