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24 Field Regiment*

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24 Field Regiment was established as a Citizen Force unit in Durban in 1976 and started training in 1978. It acted as a counter-insurgency artillery unit to support the Natal Command in its counter-insurgency role. As a composite artillery regiment it comprised of a battery of field guns, a battery of medium mortars, and a locating element with essentially radar. The troops in the unit (as is in the case of all artillery units) are also capable of being used in an infantry role. It has done one tour of duty in the Operational Area. It was eventually amalgamated with Natal Field Artillery. (*Emblem not confirmed)


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RE: 24 Field Regiment*

24 Field Regiment was Natal's youngest regiment. It was formed in 1976 and started training in 1978.

It was a new artillery counter-insurgency unit whose purpose was to provide support for Natal Command in the counter-insurgency role.

Thew term Field Regiment was not quite descriptive of the unit which comprised of a number of elements of artillery such as field guns, medium mortars, and a locating artillery element being essentially radar.

It could also be referred to as a composite regiment which might in fact have become its future name.

The regiment has completed a number of training camps in the Northern Natal area. It has done one tour of duty in the Operational Area and was due to do more border duty in the then near future.

The troops in the unit (as is in the case of all artillery units) are also capable of being used in an infantry role and have already been used for this purpose.

Like all artillery regiments its guns were its regimental colours and it had not yet appointed an honorary colonel. its first and (probably only) commanding officer was commandant Richard Pemberton.

Source: The Natal Regiments. Supplement to the Natal Mercury, Tuesday, March 9, 1982
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