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1 South African Infantry Battalion - (88 members)

1 South African Infantry Battalion (1 SAI) [Afr: 1 Suid-Afrikaanse Infanteriebataljon] was established as 1 SA Infantry Training Battalion at Oudtshoorn on January 26, 1951. It was reconstituted as 1 SA Infantry Battalion in November 1967 and moved to its current base at Tempe, Bloemfontein, in November 1973. The unit mechanised in 1976 and the unit insignia was changed to the Honey Badger. In 1982 the ostrich feathers which indicated the origin of the unit from the Oudtshoorn-days, was accepted and also used as a beret badge. It remained a training unit in the Orange Free State Command but at one stage was also under the direct command of the Chiet of the Army. The mechanised infantry-balkie was used in the Mechanised Training Wing.


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1 South African Infantry Battalion - (88 members)

1 South African Infantry Battalion (1 SAI) [Afr: 1 Suid-Afrikaanse Infanteriebataljon] was established as 1 SA Infantry Training Battalion at Oudtshoorn on January 26, 1951. It was reconstituted as 1 SA Infantry Battalion in November 1967 and moved to its current base at Tempe, Bloemfontein, in November 1973. The unit mechanised in 1976 and the unit insignia was changed to the Honey Badger. In 1982 the ostrich feathers which indicated the origin of the unit from the Oudtshoorn-days, was accepted and also used as a beret badge. It remained a training unit in the Orange Free State Command but at one stage was also under the direct command of the Chiet of the Army. The mechanised infantry-balkie was used in the Mechanised Training Wing.


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Established as 1 SA Infantry Training Battalion at Oudtshoorn on January 26, 1951 , the unit became part of the infantry corps with its establishment in January 1954. In 1953, the unit consisted of a headquarters, A Coy, 1 SAI; 12 Field Battery, 4 Field Regiment (Artillery); C Squadron, 1 SSB (Armour); C Troop, 16 Field Squadron (Engineers); A Troop, 10 Armoured Brigade Signal Squadron; 60 Field Workshop;, and a supply & transport company. The organogram reflects a laudable attempt at all-arms training, in line with the slogan of “train and organise as you expect to fight. The approach was doubtless influenced by the experience of World War Two. The battalion became an infantry-only unit in July 1961, reflecting a change in priority from preparing for combat to one reflecting administrative convenience, always preferred by those who have not seen battle.The unit was reconstituted as 1 SA Infantry Battalion in November 1967 and moved to its current base at Tempe , Bloemfontein, in November 1973. The unit mechanised in 1976 and the first
Ratel ICV course was presented by then Major Roland de Vries . Training commenced the next year and in 1978 the unit took part in Operation Reindeer. The unit later had elements involved in operations Sceptic, Protea, Daisy, Askari and Moduler. LT JJ du Toit and LCPL AT Rutherford won Honoris Crux during Sceptic and CPL AD Burgers deserved the same after Protea. Mechanised leader training at 1 SAI commenced in 1979.



Source: Leon Engelbrecht, A Guide to the SANDF, Unpublished Manuscript, Johannesburg, 2007...


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Art Card for the 1 South African Infantry Battalion Shoulder Flash, approved 1978:...


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Art Card for the 1 South African Infantry Battalion Shoulder Flash, approved 1983:...


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15139Posted by

Dudley Wall
on 29 June

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1 SA Infantry Battalion...

YearNumber of members on Roll Of Honour
1965
1
1972
1
1973
3
1976
4
1977
2
1978
3
1979
1
1980
2
1981
9
1982
6
1983
1
1984
2
1987
2
1988
3
TOTAL:
40

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