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2 South African Infantry Battalion Group

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2 South African Infantry Battalion Group - (48 members)

2 South African Infantry Battalion Group (2 SAI) [Afr: 2 Suid-Afrikaanse Infanteriebataljongroep] was a composite battalion established at Walvis Bay in 1962. From 1973 it also had an artillery battery (43 Bty) and an armoured car squadron (D Sqn), both of which were attached permanently and located at Rooikop. 2 SAI was involved in incursions into Angola right from the start as part of Operation Savannah in 1975. The unit was awarded its colours by the local municipality in 1969, and adopted the town's motto and flamingo emblem. The freedom of Walvis Bay was granted to 2 SAI on 30th August 1974. 2 SAI was demobilised at the end of the Border War (1989), but was later reactivated at Pomfret, in the Northern Cape, on 1 July 1993, from the the remnants of 32 Battalion, the "Buffalo soldiers". By 1998, as part of the SANDF, the unit was transferred to North West Command as a motorised infantry unit and based in Zeerust.


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2 South African Infantry Battalion Group - (48 members)

2 South African Infantry Battalion Group (2 SAI) [Afr: 2 Suid-Afrikaanse Infanteriebataljongroep] was a composite battalion established at Walvis Bay in 1962. From 1973 it also had an artillery battery (43 Bty) and an armoured car squadron (D Sqn), both of which were attached permanently and located at Rooikop. 2 SAI was involved in incursions into Angola right from the start as part of Operation Savannah in 1975. The unit was awarded its colours by the local municipality in 1969, and adopted the town's motto and flamingo emblem. The freedom of Walvis Bay was granted to 2 SAI on 30th August 1974. 2 SAI was demobilised at the end of the Border War (1989), but was later reactivated at Pomfret, in the Northern Cape, on 1 July 1993, from the the remnants of 32 Battalion, the "Buffalo soldiers". By 1998, as part of the SANDF, the unit was transferred to North West Command as a motorised infantry unit and based in Zeerust.


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15152Posted by

Dudley Wall
on 30 June

RE: 2 South African Infantry Battalion

2 SA Infantry Battalion...

25973Posted by

Jan Hendrik Du Plessis
on 16 April

RE: 2 South African Infantry Battalion Group

"A FLOCK OF FLAMINGOES, BIRDS OF UNIQUE STATURE, SYMBOLISES THE ESPRIT DE CORPS WITHIN 2 SA INFANTRY BATTALION"...

25974Posted by

Jan Hendrik Du Plessis
on 16 April

RE: 2 South African Infantry Battalion Group

"To the Officer Commanding,
officers and other ranks of
2 SA Infantry Battalion.

Greetings
Whereas we, the Mayor and
Councillors of the Municipali-
ty of Walvis Bay are mindful of
your proud record of service;
desirous festering the close
association between your Batta-
lion and Walvis Bay; and in re-
cognition of the loyal service
rendered to Walvis Bay by your
distinguished Battalion and
being duly authorised thereto by
resolution of council;

Now therefore we do by these
presents
Confer
upon you the right, privilege and
honour of marching through the
streets of Walvis Bay on all cere-
monial occasions with bayonets
fixed, colours flying, bugles sound-
ing and drums beating.

Given under the seal of the
Municipality here-unto affirmed
this 30th day of August 1974."...

25975Posted by

Jan Hendrik Du Plessis
on 16 April

RE: 2 South African Infantry Battalion Group

"To the Officer Commanding,
officers and other ranks of
2 SA Infantry Battalion.

Greetings
Whereas we, the Mayoress
and Councillors of the Munici-
pality of Zeerust are mindful of
your proud record of service -
desirous festering the close as-
sociation between your Battalion
and Zeerust; and in recognition
of the loyal service rendered to
Zeerust by your distinguished
Battalion and being duly author-
ised there to by resolution of
council.

Now therefore we do by these
presents
Confer upon you the right,
priviledge and honour of marching
through the streets of Zeerust with
bayonets fixed, colours flying,
bugles sounding and drums
beating.

Given under the seal of the
Municipality hereunto affirmed
this 10th day of November 2001."...

25976Posted by

Jan Hendrik Du Plessis
on 16 April

RE: 2 South African Infantry Battalion Group

Officers Commanding and Regimental Sergeant Majors of 2 SA Infantry Battalion:...

YearNumber of members on Roll Of Honour
1964
1
1973
5
1974
4
1975
6
1976
3
1977
1
1978
7
1979
1
1980
3
1981
2
1985
1
1986
1
1987
1
1988
3
TOTAL:
39
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