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Welcome to the South African Unit Profiles.

You can find over 1000 South African units and formations (and some subunits) on here by using the Search text box or drilling in by Service and then Corps.

Wherever possible I have included a Unit Flash and a very short history or description. I would like to invite you, the members of the portal, to help build up a comprehensive and complete unit list, each with its relevant profile.

Registered Users will be able to post stories and upload photos to each unit, while Unregistered Users will only be able to view the information.

The concept here is also to allow Registered Users, or Members, to link themselves to units by the year that they served in, and optionally supply further information, like location, subunit, rank. This will allow others that served in that same unit, in that same year to find the member and invite him as a Buddy! Buddies will be able to establish communications with each other and build up that old camaraderie again.

This is still very much a Work-In-Progress that has already taken me the best part of 10 years work! Even so, I would appreciate your critical and positive feedback and I am sure everyone else would appreciate your participation most of all!

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1 Air Defense Control and Report Troop
1 Air Defense Control and Report Troop [Afr: 1 Lugafweerbeheer en Rapporttroep] (Possibly 1 Locating & Recording Regiment?)

2 Air Defense Control and Report Troop
2 Air Defense Control and Report Troop [Afr: 2 Lugafweerbeheer en Rapporttroep] (Possibly 2 Locating & Recording Regiment?)

6 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment
6 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (6 AA) was officially established on 1 April 1965 with its headquarters in Brakpan at the headquarters of Regiment Oos-Transvaal until 1968. It transferred to Springs until 1972 where after it finally moved to Johannesburg in 1979. The regiment took part in Operation Savannah in 1976 and two batteries of 35mm Oerlikon AA guns were mobilised for duty on the SWA border to protect Grootfontein, Rundu and Ondongwa.

7 Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment
With the re-organisation of the Citizen Force in 1959/60 the headquarters and three independent anti-aircraft batteries (52, 53 and 54 AA Batteries) were combined into one regiment known as "University of Cape Town Regiment". The regiment mobilised during the state of emergency during that period and was equipped with 3.7 inch guns. The organisation was three batteries of two troops each and one radar troop. 7 Light Anti-Aircraft was raised from its mother unit, UCTR, on 1 April 1969 as a Citizen Force unit and was closed down in April 1997.when its volunteer force were absorbed into the Cape Garrison Artillery.

10 Anti-Aircraft Regiment
10 Anti-Aircraft Regiment (10 AA) [Afr: 10 Lugafweer-regiment] was formally established and designated from 1 February 1968 as a new unit of the Permanent Force even though it was obviously a reconstruction of 10 Anti-Aircraft Battery. Its Headquarters was at Young's Field where the Artillery Air Defence School had been established on the same date, and very soon after the two units were amalgamated under the title: Artillery Air Defence School/10 Anti-Aircraft Regiment. The regiment which consisted of Regimental Headquarters, Support Battery and 101, 102 and 103 Batteries transferred to Kimberley at the end of 1990.

44 Anti-Aircraft Regiment
44 Anti-Aircraft Regiment (44 AA) was appointed and designated as a unit of the Citizen Force with effect from 1 January 1985 with its headquarters at Murrayhill (Hammanskraal). Their equipment, dropped before them, consisted of SAM 7 missiles and Russian 14.5 mm AA guns and they also had .50 Brownings mounted on Jakkals airborne 'mini-jeeps'. In 1988 an airborne operation was planned but never took place. Part of 44 Parachute Brigade.

Air Defence Artillery School
The Air Defence Artillery School can trace its origins to the first formal training Institution, the Anti-Aircraft Training and Reserve Depot on Robben Island in 1941 but the current ADA School was established at Young's Field in 1955 as the Anti-Aircraft Training Centre. In 1968 it was replaced by the Artillery Air Defence School and 10 Anti-Aircraft Regiment, which one year later combined as one unit.

Cape Garrison Artillery
The Cape Garrison Artillery (CGA) was previously known as the University of Cape Town Regiment and got its current name on 1 February 1974, but the official establishment date is given as 1 Aug 1946. Its Headquarters was at Young's Field but was transferred to Wingfield in 1969.The regiment has undertaken tours on the SWA/Namibian border and in 1982 operated as an infantry battalion in the Northern Province and on the Border.

Directorate of Anti-Aircraft Artillery

Regiment Oos Transvaal
Regiment Oos-Transvaal (ROT) was established with effect from 1 October 1964. It was later known as 'die Rotte' from ROT, the official abbreviation of the regiment's name. Its headquarters was based in the Magistrates Court complex in Brakpan in 1968, but 1975 the Headquarters had moved to Benoni, also on the East Rand, By 1977 it had been organised as a 20mm AA regiment, with six batteries each of 18 guns. The Freedom of Brakpan was granted to the Regiment on 14 April 1984.

Regiment Overvaal
Regiment Overvaal (ROV) was established on 1 April 1969 as an Afrikaans Medium Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment based on Vereeniging Military Base in Vereeniging. P Battery of Regiment Vaalrivier was transferred on 1 October 1969 to form 8LLA. The name changed from 8LLA to ROV on 27 April 1973 and was closed down in 1997.

Regiment Vaalrivier
Regiment Vaalrivier (RVR) was established on 1 January 1960 as one of the Afrikaans-medium anti-aircraft units. Headquarters of the unit was at Vereeniging. By the beginning of 1975 it had become a three battery 35mm unit of 12 guns per battery. It provided air defence on the SWA/Namibian border in 1976 and in 1980. Again called up in 1983 and 1984 it was also involved in a later cross-border operation.

University of Cape Town Regiment
In the 1950s the University of Cape Town was issued an anti-aircraft regiment transferred from the SA Marine Corps and composed of 51, 52 and 54 battery known up then as 4 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment. The Regiment's first deployment was during a State of Emergency in March and April 1960 where it was utilised as infantry outside townships around the Cape Peninsula. Early in the 1960s,the Regiment moved from Youngsfield to its new headquarters at Wingfield.It was renamed to Cape Garrison Artillery (CGA) on 1 February 1974.

 

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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
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
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET

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