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4 South African Infantry Battalion - (76 members)

4 South African Infantry Battalion (4 SAI) [Afr: 4 Suid-Afrikaanse Infanteriebataljon] was a unit of the South African Infantry Corps established on January 1, 1962, at Voortrekkerhoogte in Pretoria, but was moved to Middelburg, in the old Transvaal a month later. The first troops began training in April 1962 and the unit became an operational motorised unit in 1969. 4 SAI converted to a mechanised infantry battalion mainly consisting of Ratel-20 IFVs in 1982. The unit was deployed as a mixed force comprising of two companies of mechanised infantry, an artillery battery, and an armoured car squadron, with support company and attached elements, and later even a tank squadron was attached. It was very siccessfully deployed as an independent battle group (62 Mechanised Infantry Battalion Group) during the Operations Moduler, Hooper and Displace and Prone battles of 1987/88. 4 SAI reverted to a motorised infantry unit after 1994.


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4 SAI came into being on January 1, 1962, with the first troops arriving that April. Troops were detached on operational duty from 1969. The unit converted to a mechanised role from 1982 and was upgraded to an operational mechanised battalion group, with an attached artillery battery and armoured squadron. From 1983, the unit used the moniker “62 Mechanised Battalion” when operationally deployed. Troops were contributed to operations Dolfyn, Askari (14 soldiers killed in action), Alpha Centauri, Moduler (11 soldiers killed in action) and Hooper. During Hooper, 62 Mechanised also had a tank squadron from the School of Armour under command. Internal operations contributed to were Palmiet (support to police in the Gauteng region during 1984), Kharos (the same, but in the Eastern Cape in 1985), Pebble (countering guerrilla infiltration from Mozambique in 1985, 1986) as well as Windvleuel and Xenon in black townships in the now-Mpumalanga. 4SAI also supported the signing of the Nkomati accord between South Africa and Mozambique in March 1984 and took part in Exercise Thunder Chariot in September of that year. The exercise was, at the time, billed as the largest mobilisation of South African forces since World War Two.



Source: Leon Engelbrecht, A Guide to the SANDF, Unpublished Manuscript, Johannesburg, 2007...


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15154Posted by

Dudley Wall
on 30 June

RE: 4 South African Infantry Battalion

4 SA Infantry Battalion...

YearNumber of members on Roll Of Honour
1969
1
1970
1
1971
1
1973
2
1975
2
1976
1
1977
8
1978
1
1979
4
1980
3
1981
5
1982
6
1983
8
1984
10
1987
12
1988
2
1989
1
1992
1
1993
1
TOTAL:
70

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