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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.

To get started, have a look at how I have done 4 Artillery Regiment...

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Select other Service...South African Medical Service:
Commands*
Field Ambulances*
Headquarters*
Hospitals*
Hygiene*
Logistical Services*
Logistics*
Medical Command Posts*
Medical Services*
Mobile Hospitals
Psychology*
Staff Services*
Training*
* Balkie/Emblem does not exist or is unconfirmed

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Brief Description

1 Medical Battalion Group
1 Medical Battalion Group was formed in 1899 as the Natal Volunteer Medical Corps (the official establishment date is given as 1 Jul 1913). They Served during the Anglo-Boer War, and in 1913, they became known as 2nd Field Ambulance SAMC. After World War 2, they were re-established as 1 Field Ambulance. 17 Field Ambulance was formed in 1976, and in 1981, both were combined into 1 Medical Battalion Group which is now still the only medical unit in KwaZulu-Natal.

2 Medical Battalion Group
2 Medical Battalion Group was established in Johannesburg on 5 November 1981 (with the other Medical Battalion Groups) after amalgamation of the following subunits: 10 Field Ambulance Unit (established 1961), 13 Field Ambulance Unit (established 1964), 6 Mobile Hospital and 7 Mobile Hospital. Both 2 Medical Battalion Group and 5 Medical Battalion Group were consolidated into the newly re-established 6 Medical Battalion Group on 1 September 1992, and based at the old 1 Military Hospital in Voortrekkerhoogte until 1993, and then in a Joint Headquarters with Witwatersrand Medical Command in Braamfontein until 1994. After the formation of the South African Military Health Service (SAMHS) of the new South African National Defence Force in 1994, 2 Medical Battalion Group has therefore effectively ceased to exist as a self-accounting unit.

3 Medical Battalion Group
3 Medical Battalion Group was established on 5 November 1981 from the composition of 3, 12, and 20 Field Ambulance Units, but it can date its origins back to 21 October 1899 when the Volunteer Medical Staff Corps was established in King William's Town in the present day Eastern Cape, then known as the Cape Colony. Three Medical Battalion Group's predecessor, the Volunteer Medical Staff Corps, was awarded the King's Colours by King Edward VII for its services rendered during the Anglo Boer War of 1899-1902. The unit was the only non-combat unit in South Africa to receive this honour from the British monarchy. It is currently based at Fort iKapa military base in Goodwood, Cape Town, and was one of the first three Medical Bn Groups established in the SADF. The function of the group is primarily the delivering of a comprehensive support service to the formation it is attached to during conventional operations and exercises, as and when detached.

4 Medical Battalion Group
4 Medical Battalion Group was (probably) established on 5 November 1981 (with the other Medical Battalion Groups) from the composition of at least three existing Ambulance Units (possibly 4, 8, and 14 Field Ambulance Units), but the actual units are so far unconrfirmed. After the formation of the South African Military Health Service (SAMHS) of the new South African National Defence Force in 1994, 4 Medical Battalion Group has effectively ceased to exist as a self-accounting unit.

5 Medical Battalion Group
5 Medical Battalion Group was established on 5 November 1981 (with the other Medical Battalion Groups) from the composition of at least three existing Ambulance Units (5, 19, and possibly 22 Field Ambulance Units), but the actual units are so far unconrfirmed. 5 Medical Battalion Group, together with with 2 Medical Battalion Group, were consolidated into the newly re-established 6 Medical Battalion Group on 1 September 1992, and based at the old 1 Military Hospital in Voortrekkerhoogte until 1993, and then in a Joint Headquarters with Witwatersrand Medical Command in Braamfontein until 1994. After the formation of the South African Military Health Service (SAMHS) of the new South African National Defence Force in 1994, 5 Medical Battalion Group has therefore effectively ceased to exist as a self-accounting unit.

6 Medical Battalion Group
6 Medical Battalion Group can trace its roots to the demobilisation of the following units on 5 November 1981, and subsequent formation of the Battalion Group on the same date: 25 Field Health Company - established in 1965; 8 Mobile Hospital - established in 1972 (This unit provided the largest contingent of volunteer members to 6 Med Bn Gp during the formation of the battalion on 1 May 1982); 81 Field Ambulance Unit - established in 1975; 9 Field Ambulance Unit - established on 22 August 1961; 18 Field Ambulance - established in 1940 (Also served at El Alamein); Medical Conveyance Unit (Despatch) - established in 1971. 6 Medical Battalion Group was re-established on 1 September 1992 with the consolidation of 2 Medical Battalion Group, 5 Medical Battalion Group, and 6 Medical Battalion Group and based at the old 1 Military Hospital in Voortrekkerhoogte until 1993, and a Joint Headquarters with Witwatersrand Medical Command in Braamfontein until 1994

7 Medical Battalion Group
7 Medical Battalion Group was founded by a group of nine doctors at Special Forces Brigade HQ (Speskop) south of Pretoria in 1984, but the battalion was only named 7 Medical Battalion Group and incorporated into the SA Medical Services in 1987. Members were involved in clandestine operations working closely with Special Forces, the Parachute Battalions supporting UNITA and the infamous Project Coast. Members also worked with 32 Bn, Ops K, CSI and 101 RM's to name just a few...

8 Medical Battalion Group
8 Medical Battalion Group was established in 2000 or 2001 as an intergral part of the Mobile Military Health Formation of the South African Military Health Service (SAMHS) of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and therefore never existed as a unit under the South African Medical Service (SAMS) of the South African Defence Force (SADF), prior to 1994. The unit with its insignia are included here for the sake of completeness. More information pending...

44 Medical Task Group
44 Medical Task Group is a Satellite Unit of 7 Medical Battalion Group 7 Med Bn Gp consisting of a platoon size medical group consisting of Operational Medical Support Operators or Ops Medics. All qualified members of the Task Group are static line parachute qualified. Selected members are Freefall, HALO/HAHO and or Tandem parachute qualified enabling the Task Group to support the Parachute Battalions , Parachute School and Regiment in the full spectrum of requirements.

 

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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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