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The unit was established at Johannesburg in 1946 as 29 Brigade Workshop [Afr: 29 Brigadewerkswinkel] as part of the Witwatersrand Command. The name was changed to 29 Field Workshop on 1 Jan 1954 and then, on 31 Jan 1959, it was made part of 1 Technical Service Regiment [Afr: 1 Tegniese Diensregiment] as 29 Field Workshop Squadron [Afr: 29 Veldwerkplaas-eskadron]. The unit obtained regimental status when it was renamed to 29 Field Workshop [Afr: 29 Veldwerkplaas] in 1975 and became part of 73 Mot Bde. 29 Field Workshop was the first CF workshop called up for Operation Savannah in 1976. Other than doing their normal first- and second-line repairs, it was also responsible for recovery tasks from Angola to Grootfontein. The unit also provided assistance with the handling of Angolan refugees during this time. (*It appears that no flash was ever worn)


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RE: 29 Field Workshop

The unit, 29 Field Workshop, was established on 1 May 1946 as 29 Brigade Workshop and comprised of 3 officers and 169 men. Together with some other units, the unit formed part of the technical element of the Witwatersrand Command.

All the units of the Command could not function due to a shortage of recruits. After discussions it was decided to reorganise the units. Maj C.E. Doyle was appointed as Officer commanding both 29 Brigade Workshop as well as the workshop of the 27th Divisional Troops.

On 20 December 1949 Maj Doyle resigned as Acting OC of 29 Brigade Workshop but remained in command of the workshop of the 27 Divisional Troops. 29 Brigade Workshop's name was changed to 29 Field Workshop on 1 January 1954. On 31 January 1959 29 Field Workshop is re-organized to form part of 1 Technical Service Regiment and was now known as 29 Field Workshop Squadron.

The unit obtained regimental status when it was renamed to 29 Field Workshop in 1975 and became part of 73 Brigade.

The unit's Commanding Officers were:
Major C.E. Doyle
Captain J.W.E. Osborne
Captain Arnold
Captain A.B. Richards
Major F.W. Schiel
Captain de Jongh
Captain N.J. Smuts
Captain R.J. van Rensburg
Commandant D. Gomes
Commandant D.A. de Villiers
Commandant D. Gomes

The Squadron and Regimental Sergeant Majors were:
WO2 H. Wentzel
WO1 D.A. de Villiiers
WO1 P.J. Hattingh
WO1 H.J.S. Kock
WO1 C.P. van Duyker

Captain van Rensburg have designed the emblem of the Technical Service Corps.

In operations, 29 Field Workshop was the first Citizen Force workshop called up for Operation Savannah in 1976. Other than doing their normal first- and second-line repairs, it was also responsible for recovery tasks from Angola to Grootfontein. The unit also provided assistance with the handling of Angolan refugees during this time.

The unit has been faithful in its duty towards the defence of the country and have completed a number of border- and urban COIN- camps as well as various exercises at Lohathla.

Source: MILITIA JAARBLAD VAN 73 BRIGADE 1990/91 JAARGANG 7.
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RE: 29 Field Workshop

The year of 1990 was a year of many changes for the "tiffies" of 73 Brigade. At the beginning of the year WO1 Hennie Kock retired from his position as RSM after more than a decade as RSM, mainly due to work pressure. He is being followed up by WO1 Charl van Duyker. It was with heavy hearts that the members of 29 Field Workshop said goodbye to RSM Kock.

As if one drastic change is not enough to cause disruption in a unit, Cmdt Dawie de Villiers have now also been forced to retire as Officer Commanding due to work pressure. What can a unit say that have gotten used to that thundering voice over the past nearly thirty years. Cmdt Dumas Gomes, who had retired as OC five years ago, is now back in the post as OC of 29 Field Workshop. We bid him a warm welcome and good wishes.

Source: SPESIALE UITGAWE - MILITIA - SPECIAL EDITION 1990/91...


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