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1 Special Service Battalion

Eendracht Maakt Mag, later Eendrag maak Mag and Unity is Strength; also: Faithful, True and Steady, Come what May, We are Ready

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1 Special Service Battalion - (48 members)

The Special Service Battalion (SSB) [Afr: Spesiale Diensbataljon] was established on 1 May 1933 in Roberts Heights (now Thaba Tshwane). In April 1942 the SSBs long and illustrious career with the Armoured Corps started when it was converted to an Armoured Car Regiment. In 1946, Special Service Battalion was resuscitated as a Permanent Force unit and reorganised on a two-battalion basis with the 1st Battalion as an armoured unit and the 2nd Battalion infantry. The former became a training regiment in 1953 (as 1 Special Service Battalion) and was responsible for the training of Armour soldiers, and played a major role in the Angolan/SWA conflict. The 2nd Battalion was renamed the 1 South African Infantry Battalion (1SAI) in 1951.


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1 Spesiale Diensbattaljon (SDB) - (48 members)

The Special Service Battalion (SSB) [Afr: Spesiale Diensbataljon] was established on 1 May 1933 in Roberts Heights (now Thaba Tshwane). In April 1942 the SSBs long and illustrious career with the Armoured Corps started when it was converted to an Armoured Car Regiment. In 1946, Special Service Battalion was resuscitated as a Permanent Force unit and reorganised on a two-battalion basis with the 1st Battalion as an armoured unit and the 2nd Battalion infantry. The former became a training regiment in 1953 (as 1 Special Service Battalion) and was responsible for the training of Armour soldiers, and played a major role in the Angolan/SWA conflict. The 2nd Battalion was renamed the 1 South African Infantry Battalion (1SAI) in 1951.


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Eendracht Maakt Mag, later Eendrag maak Mag and Unity is Strength; also: Faithful, True and Steady, Come what May, We are Ready

 

 

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2498Posted by

Vic Sargent
on 10 January

RE: 1 Special Service Battalion

On the 1st of October 1973 SDB / SSB was split up into two seperate units 1SDB / 1SSB in Bloemfontein 2SDB / 2SSB in Zeerust.

SDB / SSB was established on the 1st of May 1933 at Roberts Heights to assist with employment during the great depresion.

On the 1st of May 1940 SDB / SSB that Tank Corps was created and used the SUIKERBOS of SDB / SSB.

On the 18th of October 1946 the SAPK / SAAC was established.

On the 1st of September 1953 SDB / SSB was established in Bloemfontein as a Armour Training Unit

On the 1st of April 1962 2 Armoured Car Regiment was formend in Bloemfontein.

On the 1st of April 1962 D Squadren 2 Armoured Car Regiment was established in Walvisbaai.

On the 1st of April 1962 C Squadren 2 Armoured Car Regiment was established in Zeerust.

On the 1st of April 1966 the School of Armour was established in Zeerust.

on the 31st of December 1992 2SDB / 2SSB was officially closed in Zeerust (the latest History books say that it amalgamated with 1SDB / 1SSB) which is not the case as 1SDB / 1SSB failed to revert back to SDB / SSB as in an almagamation but retained the Name 1 SDB / 1SSB which was given to it on the 1st of October 1973.

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15495Posted by

Dudley Wall
on 1 August

RE: 1 Special Service Battalion

1 Special Service Battalion...

YearNumber of members on Roll Of Honour
1964
2
1968
1
1971
2
1972
1
1973
2
1974
1
1975
5
1976
1
1977
2
1978
9
1979
2
1980
2
1981
5
1982
4
1983
1
1984
2
1986
3
1987
1
1988
3
1989
2
1990
1
1993
1
TOTAL:
53

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