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46 Survey Squadron*

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46 Survey Squadron* - (1 members)

Originally established as 46 Survey Company in 1942, the unit was renamed 46 Survey Squadron, SAEC on 1 January 1954 and again on 31 January 1959 when it became 46 Survey Squadron. The squadron carried out extensive mapping tasks for both military and civilian purposes in the Transvaal and South West Africa. 46 Survey Squadron SAEC (CF) was re-established as a unit of the SA Army on 1 July 1969, with its headquarters in Pietermaritzburg In 1992 the SADF commenced restructuring and the two citizen force squadrons, 45 and 46 Survey Squadrons, now commemorating their 50th anniversaries, were brought under command of 47 Survey Squadron, only to be amalgamated on 2 June 1992 into 4 Survey and Mapping Regiment. (* The flash-approval process seems to have stopped in 1985 and the depicted flash is therefore unconfirmed. It is not clear if any flash was used)


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46 Survey Squadron - (1 members)

Originally established as 46 Survey Company in 1942, the unit was renamed 46 Survey Squadron, SAEC on 1 January 1954 and again on 31 January 1959 when it became 46 Survey Squadron. The squadron carried out extensive mapping tasks for both military and civilian purposes in the Transvaal and South West Africa. 46 Survey Squadron SAEC (CF) was re-established as a unit of the SA Army on 1 July 1969, with its headquarters in Pietermaritzburg In 1992 the SADF commenced restructuring and the two citizen force squadrons, 45 and 46 Survey Squadrons, now commemorating their 50th anniversaries, were brought under command of 47 Survey Squadron, only to be amalgamated on 2 June 1992 into 4 Survey and Mapping Regiment. (* The flash-approval process seems to have stopped in 1985 and the depicted flash is therefore unconfirmed. It is not clear if any flash was used)


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RE: 46 Survey Squadron

The Second World War 1939 - 1945
The Italian Campaign, July 1943 - May 1945
The first SAEC unit to set foot on the European continent in World War II was Major G.E. Marriott’s 46 Survey Company. The work of 46 Survey Company earned special appreciation, being amongst the first four recipients of the 5th US Army service plaque and clasp “for excellence in discipline, performance and merit” in making surveys along the entire army front and absorbing the normal function of an American topographic battalion. [46]

The period 1946 - 1973
All three survey units served with distinction throughout the war, after which 45 and 49 Survey Companies were disbanded and only 46 Survey Company, SAEC (ACF), established on 1 August 1946, continued as an active unit in the South African Army. During the post-war period (1946–1961) the Survey Company was split up on a regional basis with headquarters in Johannesburg and sections in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Stellenbosch. On 1 January 1954 the unit was renamed 46 Survey Squadron, SAEC and again on 31 January 1959 when it became 46 Survey Squadron. From 1963 to 1968 the Squadron carried out extensive mapping tasks for both military and civilian purposes in the Transvaal and Namibia (formerly South West Africa). The 46 Survey Squadron has, since 1963, had very close links with the Survey and Mapping Chief Directorate, formerly Trigonometrical Survey, and much of its work has been of great value to both military and civilian surveyors. [48]
After numerous establishments and disbandments of printing and survey elements in the SAEC, 4 Survey and Printing Regiment was formed on 1 January 1967, as a unit for both the Permanent Force and Citizen Force.[49] On 1 July 1969, 45 Survey Squadron SAEC (CF) was re-established as a unit of the SA Army, with its headquarters in Pietermaritzburg. A small number of officers and men was detached and transferred from 46 Survey Squadron to form the nucleus of the new unit.

The war in Angola
These three survey squadrons executed all future survey and mapping needs of the South African Defence Force. From 1975 the survey squadrons then became actively involved with survey and mapping tasks in Namibia and Angola.

After the ‘Bush War’ [57]
In 1992 the South African Defence Force commenced restructuring and the two citizen force squadrons, 45 and 46 Survey Squadrons, now commemorating their 50th anniversaries, were brought under command of 47 Survey Squadron, only to be amalgamated on 2 June 1992 into 4 Survey and Mapping Regiment as it is known today.
Two major changes took place in 1994. Firstly, all the outlying squadrons, namely 45 and 46 Survey Squadrons, and the Terrain Trafficability Squadron were closed down and moved back to the Regiment HQ and secondly, the regiment moved to new premises at the SA Army Engineer Formation, where it resides today. In 1995 the MOBTIT was expanded with the addition of a Mobile Printing Section, now refitted into six-metre Cargo containers mounted on Samil 100 trucks to bring 4 Survey and Mapping Regiment into play regarding the concept of mobile warfare. During March 1995 women members joined an all Engineer Corps field exercise ‘Super Sapper’ at Bethlehem as staff of the MOBTIT for the first time, before partaking in a field exercise at Army Battle School later that same year. [58] The MOBTIT has since been renamed the Tactical Terrain Inte...


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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
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