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1 SWA Reconnaissance Regiment

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1 South West African Reconnaissance Regiment (1 SWA RR) started out as a sub-unit under the command of the Commanding General SWATF in 1982, staffed mainly by ex-South African operators, but only formally established on 1 April 1984 when 32 Bn Recce Wing was disbanded by the 32 Bn OC Cmdt Eddie Viljoen. The Recce Wing members were given the option to return to 32 Bn's Buffalo base and be split up into the Companies or sign on to 1 SWA RR who took over the Omauni base. Most opted to join 1 SWA RR. The unit was made up of ex Reconnaissance commando members, some ex Rhodesian servicemen and ex 32 Bn Recce Wing members. The unit later moved its HQ to Omaruru a small mining town in central SWA and the HQ was at Kransberg mine which was a abandoned tungsten mine. The unit was disbanded and amalgamated with 1 SWA Parachute Battalion to become 2 SWA Spes Unit and relocated to Luiperdsvallei in Windhoek.


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Feedback from Peter Williams:
The starting date of 1 SWA RR was 1 April 1984 (and the unit closed on 31 December 1986) when 32 Bn recce Wing was disbanded by the 32 Bn OC Commandant Eddie Viljoen. The guys in the Recce Wing were given the option to return to 32 Bn Buffalo base and be split up into the Company's or sign on to 1 SWA RR who took over the Omauni base. The 32 Bn Recce Wing was to be discontinued as a sub unit of 32 Bn and this was changed a number of years later when they reinstated the Recce Wing when they realised the importance of having your own tactical reconnaissance ability. Most of the guys opted to join 1 SWA RR. The unit was commanded by Commandant Wilhelm Henrick Snyders also known as Willie Ovambo who had been previous OC 5 Recce Commando. The unit was made up of ex Reconnaissance commando members, some ex Rhodesian servicemen and ex 32 Bn Recce Wing members. The unit later moved its HQ to Omaruru a small mining town in central SWA and the HQ was at Kransberg mine which was a abandoned tungsten mine. The unit was disbanded and amalgamated with 1 SWA Parachute Battalion to for 2 SWA Spes Unit and relocated to Luiperdsvallei in Windhoek. The OC was Commandant G. Tawse...


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