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55 Battalion - (5 members)

55 Battalion (55 BN) [Afr: 55 Bataljon] was formed as one of the few Modular SA Battalions in SWA. It was based at Nepara in Sector 20 with a core of PF officers and NCOs on 2- to 4-year tours, and National Servicemen in their second year of service. SWATF Sub-units were attached according to the varying requirements, and that's why it was referred to as `modular'. 55 Bn's main responsibility was to secure the area around Nepara. Originally known as the West Area Battalion [Afr: Wes Gebied Bataljon], the name was only officially changed to 55 Battalion in late 1986. The unit was disbanded in 1989, as per UN Resolution 435. (* As far as I coiuld establish, the West Area Battalion emblem depicted was never worn as a shoulder flash)


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Wes Gebied Bataljon* - (5 members)

55 Battalion (55 BN) [Afr: 55 Bataljon] was formed as one of the few Modular SA Battalions in SWA. It was based at Nepara in Sector 20 with a core of PF officers and NCOs on 2- to 4-year tours, and National Servicemen in their second year of service. SWATF Sub-units were attached according to the varying requirements, and that's why it was referred to as `modular'. 55 Bn's main responsibility was to secure the area around Nepara. Originally known as the West Area Battalion [Afr: Wes Gebied Bataljon], the name was only officially changed to 55 Battalion in late 1986. The unit was disbanded in 1989, as per UN Resolution 435. (* As far as I coiuld establish, the West Area Battalion emblem depicted was never worn as a shoulder flash)


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15659Posted by

Dudley Wall
on 15 August

RE: 55 Battalion

The modular battalions: 55 Battalion at Nepara......

23335Posted by

Charl Parkin
on 7 August

RE: 55 Battalion

Photo of the real flag, courtesy Sergeant-Major A. Bengell, former and last RSM of 55 Battalion (1988-1989), ...

YearNumber of members on Roll Of Honour
1987
1
TOTAL:
1
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