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1 Reconnaissance Regiment

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1 Reconnaissance Regiment - (9 members)

1 Reconnaissance Regiment (1 Recce) [Afr: 1 Verkennings-regiment] was established as 1 Reconnaissance Commando at Oudtshoorn on 1 Oct 1972. This was the first Special Forces unit formally established in South Africa. In 1974, the Commando relocated to Durban. It was upgraded to regimentatl status and redesignated as 1 Reconnaissance Regiment on 1 Jan 1981, when it was placed under the command of the Special Forces HQ, directly under the command of the Chief of the SADF. Between 1991 and 1993, the SF HQ was replaced by the Directorate Reconnaissance, which was directly under the command of the Chief of the Army. In 1993 the Dir Recon became 45 Parachute Brigade due to an organisational change and all the units were renamed: 1 Recce Regt became 452 Parachute Battalion. The burgundy colours of 44 Para Bde were also adopted for 45 Para Bde. On 1 Sep 1995 the Regt was redesignated as 1 Special Forces Regiment, keeping the burgendy colours. Finally, on 1 Mar 1997, as part of the military rationalization process of the SANDF, 1 Special Forces Regt was disbanded and its personnel were incorporated into the other SF regiments.


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1 Reconnaissance Commando - (9 members)

1 Reconnaissance Regiment (1 Recce) [Afr: 1 Verkennings-regiment] was established as 1 Reconnaissance Commando at Oudtshoorn on 1 Oct 1972. This was the first Special Forces unit formally established in South Africa. In 1974, the Commando relocated to Durban. It was upgraded to regimentatl status and redesignated as 1 Reconnaissance Regiment on 1 Jan 1981, when it was placed under the command of the Special Forces HQ, directly under the command of the Chief of the SADF. Between 1991 and 1993, the SF HQ was replaced by the Directorate Reconnaissance, which was directly under the command of the Chief of the Army. In 1993 the Dir Recon became 45 Parachute Brigade due to an organisational change and all the units were renamed: 1 Recce Regt became 452 Parachute Battalion. The burgundy colours of 44 Para Bde were also adopted for 45 Para Bde. On 1 Sep 1995 the Regt was redesignated as 1 Special Forces Regiment, keeping the burgendy colours. Finally, on 1 Mar 1997, as part of the military rationalization process of the SANDF, 1 Special Forces Regt was disbanded and its personnel were incorporated into the other SF regiments.


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1 Reconnaissance Regiment Colours (as per Art Card, dated 1993...


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1 Reconnaissance Commando Flag (as per Art Card, dated 1991)...


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1 Special Forces Regiment Flag (as per Art card, dated 1995)...


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Art Card for the 1 Reconnaissance Commando Shoulder Flash, approved 1973:...


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Art Card for the 1 Special Forces Regiment, approved 1995:...


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15867Posted by

Dudley Wall
on 24 August

RE: 1 Reconnaissance Regiment

1 Reconnaissance Regiment...

YearNumber of members on Roll Of Honour
1981
1
1982
1
1986
1
1987
1
1989
2
1990
1
1991
1
1994
1
TOTAL:
9
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