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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!

I have already integrated much of the Facebook functionality so that you could 'Comment' and 'Like' using your Facebook account, even without Registering or logging in. Soon I will hopefully be able to fully integrate the War In Angola users with their Facebook accounts.

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Brief Description

1 Construction Engineer Regiment
1 Construction Regiment was established in 1957 as the Mobile Battalion, which in 1959 became the Mobile Watch. In 1964 it eventually became 1 Composite Construction Regiment and in 1967 the 1 Construction Regiment. It was disbanded in 1968, but re-established at the end of 1976 at Marievale near Springs. After 1977, it confined its activities to the operational area of South West Africa.

1 Field Engineer Regiment
1 Field Engineer Regiment was formed as a Citizen Force unit in 1946. It was disbanded in 1973 and its squadrons attached to various formations of the SADF

1 Military Printing Regiment

1 Publication & Map Unit

2 Engineer Regiment

2 Field Engineer Regiment
2 Field Engineer Regiment was formed in 1946 and disbanded in 1958 until, in 1962, the Regular Force was formed with 17 Field Sqn to support this force in Potchefstroom. Moved to Bethlehem in 1967 to become a training unit, it became the new 2 Field Engineer Regt in 1974, comprising 21, 22 and 23 Field Sqns as training sqns, and 24 and 25 Field Sqns as support sqns in the operational area of South West Africa.

3 Field Engineer Regiment
3 Field Engineer Regiment was established on 1 Jul 1926 as 1,2, and 3 Field Companies. 3 Field Company saw service in North Africa and participoated in the Battle of El Alamein. Re-established as 3rd Field Squadron in 1946, and in 1975, together with the 1st and 2nd Field and 8th Field Park Squadrons, formed 2 Field Engineer Regiment. 3 Field Squadron saw service in Operation Savannah in 1975 and did regular 3-month border duties up to 1988. It received regimental status in 1980 and national colours in 1991.

4 Engineer Regiment
4 Field Engineer Squadron became part of 4 Engineer Regiment. Closed down

4 Survey and Mapping Regiment
4 Survey and Printing Regiment was formed on 1 January 1967, as a unit for both the Permanent Force and Citizen Force. It was reformed by amalgamation in 1983 of the 3 Survey Squadrons which existed at that time, 46 Survey Squadron, formed at Cape Town in 1959, 45 Survey Squadron, formed at Pietermaritzburg in 1969, and 47 Survey Squadron, a PF unit formed in 1975. This Unit trained all the National Servicemen posted to it and in turn fed the two CF Survey Units which had been established. By 1992, 4 Survey and Mapping Regiment comprised of the Geographical Information Squadron, the Terrain Negotiability Squadron (degraded to a Troop status in 1994), the Mapping Squadron, as well as 45 Survey Squadron, 46 Survey Squadron and 47 Survey Squadron. Another unofficial squadron, 49 Survey Squadron, was seemingly unofficially established in 1995, but it just comprised of the reserve force component of 47 Survey Squadron.

5 Engineer Regiment

6 Field Engineer Regiment

6 Field Squadron

7 Engineer Regiment
7 Engineer Regiment - See N Cape Command Engineer Regiment

8 Engineer Regiment
8 Engineer Regiment was originally restablished in Cape Town as 8 Field Engineer Squadron

9 Engineer Regiment
9 Engineer Regiment was established in 1976 as 9 Engineer Squadron (and not 9 Field Squadron) as part of the Coin units of Northwest Command at Potchefstroom. Most of the sappers were drawn from 13 Field Squadron in Welkom. The unit had various tasks within the command area before some of the troops were send to the operational area. It later became 9 Engineer Regiment

9 Engineer Squadron
9 Engineer Squadron (not 9 Field Squadron) was established in 1976 as part of the Coin units of Northwest Command at Potchefstroom. Most of the sappers were drawn from 13 Field Squadron in Welkom. The unit had various tasks within the command area before some of the troops were send to the operational area. It later became 9 Engineer Regiment

10 Engineer Regiment
10 Engineer Regiment was established on 1 August 1975 as 10 Engineer Squadron, and changed to 10 Engineers Regiment on 8 December 1988. The Unit emblem was approved on 2 July 1978 and it received its National Colours on 31 May 1990. The Unit flag was approved on 10 May 1991. On 30 November 1990 the unit was amalgamated with 15 Engineer Regiment (as part of Project 2000). On December 2002, it became C Squadron of 1 Construction Regt, to be finally closed down and relocated to Military Base Dunnottar in December 2004

11 Field Engineer Regiment

12 Engineer Regiment
12 Engineer Regiment (also known as 12 Field Engineer Regiment) [Afr: 12 Veldgenieregiment] was a Permanent Force Engineer unit which had evolved from the original Citizen Force unit, 12 Field Squadron [Afr: 12 Veldgenie-eskadron]. By 1988 it had reverted back to being a CF unit.

13 Field Engineer Squadron
13 Field Engineer Squadron formed part of 82 Mechanised Brigade and played a major role in the lifting- and laying- of minefields during Operation Packer at Cuito Cuanavale in Angola in March/April 1988.

14 Field Engineer Regiment
Also know as the Eastern Transvaal Command Engineer Regiment

14 Field Squadron

15 Field Engineer Regiment
15 Field Engineer Regiment [Afr: 15 Veldgenieregiment] started as a field squadron when it first became part of 81 Armoured Brigade in 1975, and attained proper regiment-status on 25 January 1983. It remained part of the brigade until 1991. In July 1988, it was mobilsed as part of part of 81 Armoured Brigade and the ad hoc- 10 SA Division, formed to counter the Cuban threat on the SWA-border

18 Field Engineer Regiment
18 Field Engineer Squadron [Afr: 18 Veldgenie-eskadron] was established from elements taken from 11 and 12 Field Engineer Squadrons on 1 December 1969. It was upgraded to a regiment in 1986 when it became 18 Field Engineer Regiment [Afr: 18 Veldgenieregiment]

19 Field Engineer Regiment
19 Field Engineer Regiment was established as 19 Field Squadron in Durban on 1 Dec 1970, directly under the Natal Command and was the first engineer squadron to be formed in Durban since World War 2. The unit is based in Durban with the HQ being at Old Fort Military Base, Lords Ground. The Field Squadron was upgraded to Regimental status in the late 1980s Members of the squadron and the subsequent regiment were called up for a number of border duty camps during the 1970's and 1980's. During the 1994 election, the regiment was called up and deployed in the Eshowe area under command of Durban Light Infantry. The regiment was part of 84 Motorised Brigade

19 Field Squadron
19 Field Squadron was established in Durban on 1 Dec 1970, directly under Natal Command and was the first engineer squadron to be formed in Durban since World War 2. The headquarters of the squadron was located at the Old Fort Military Base, Lords Ground. The squadron became part of 84 Motorised Brigade when the brigade was formed in 1974. It was upgraded to regimental status in the late 1980s to become 19 Field Engineer Regiment.

20 Engineer Regiment

21 Field Squadron, 2 Field Engineer Regiment
21 Field Squadron formed part of 2 Field Engineer Regiment and was located near the dam just outside Bethlehem.

22 Field Squadron, 2 Field Engineer Regiment
22 Field Squadron formed part of 2 Field Engineer Regiment and was located in the mountains outside Bethlehem.

23 Field Squadron, 2 Field Engineer Regiment
23 Field Squadron formed part of 2 Field Engineer Regiment and was located inside the town of Bethlehem itself. Engineers with medical conditions were posted here.

24 Field Squadron, 2 Field Engineer Regiment
24 Field Squadron formed part of 2 Field Engineer Regiment but was located at Rundu in the Operational Area under the command of Sector 20 Headquarters

25 Field Squadron, 2 Field Engineer Regiment
25 Field Squadron formed part of 2 Field Engineer Regiment but was located at Oshakati in the Operational Area under the command of Sector 10 Headquarters

35 Engineer Support Regiment
35 Engineer Support Regiment [Afr: 35 Geniesteunregiment] was originally established at Kroonstad as 35 Field Park Squadron [Afr: 35 Veldparkeskadron] and later became 35 Engineer Support Unit [Afr: 35 Geniesteuneenheid]. It was later moved to Marievale near Springs where it was renamed to 35 Engineer Support Regiment [Afr: 35 Geniesteunregiment] and the '35' on the flash was replaced by the bee.

35 Field Park Squadron
35 Field Park Squadron [Afr: 35 Veldparkeskadron] was established at Kroonstad and later became 35 Engineer Support Unit [Afr: 35 Geniesteuneenheid]. The unit was later moved to Marievale near Springs where it was renamed to 35 Engineer Support Regiment [Afr: 35 Geniesteunregiment] and the '35' on the flash was replaced by the bee.

38 Engineer Support Unit

44 Parachute Engineer Regiment
44 Engineering Regiment was inaugurated as 44 Field Engineer Squadron on 20 April 1978, during the formation of 44 Parachute Brigade. The unit upgraded to an Engineer Regiment in 1990. Members took part in a number of operations: Reindeer (1978), Boulder (1979/80), Protea, Mispel, Daisy (1981), Fakkel, Meebos, Snoek, Gepetto (1982/83), Super (1982), Askari (1983/84), Moduler, Hooper, Packer (1987/88)

45 Survey Squadron
Originally established as 45 Survey Company in 1942, 45 Survey Squadron SAEC (CF) was re-established as a unit of the SA Army on 1 July 1969, with its headquarters in Pietermaritzburg The Squadron updated, from a military point of view, the 1:50 000 topographical maps of South Africa and Namibia, and the 1:10 000 orthophoto series in KwaZulu Natal. 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

46 Survey Squadron
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.

47 Survey Squadron
After a decision to separate the SAEC's surveys and mapping responsibilities from the Quartermaster General's printing function, 47 Survey Squadron under Major F.H. du Preez, was formed on 1 April 1975. The need for military survey and mapping of the SA Army at that time was to be satisfied by this Squadron. According to Orpen & Martin a Permanent Force nucleus was thus provided for a vital Sapper task which could become even more essential if the continuing "low intensity" conflict along the border should ever worsen.

Directorate of Engineers / SA Army Engineer Formation
The Directorate of Engineers was established at Kroonstad in 1969, but in 1972 it was moved to SA Army Headquarters, Pretoria where it was developed further. In 1982, the SA Army Engineer Formation was created with the Directorate of Engineers as its Headquarters and commanded by the Director of Engineers which gave the Directorate operational control over most of its Engineer Units.

Northern Cape Command Engineers

School of Engineers
The School of Engineers started in 1946 when an Engineer Training Wing was established at what was then the Military College, now the Army College. In 1948 the Wing was moved to Potch-efstroom, where it became the Engineer Wing of the Artillery and Armour School. In 1968 it was transferred to Kroonstad as the Engineer Training Centre and finally in 1969 became the School of Engineers.

SWA Engineer Support Unit
The South West Africa Engineer Support Unit [Afr: Suidwes-Afrika Genie Steun Eenheid] was a Permanent Force unit formed at Grootfontein in 1975

Witwatersrand Command Engineer Regiment
This role within the Witwatersrand Command was fulfilled by 5 Engineer Regiment

 

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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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