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2 Special Service Battalion - (32 members)

2 Special Service Battalion (2 SSB) [Afr: 2 Spesiale Diensbataljon (2 SDB)] was established at Zeerust on 1 October 1973, as a second battalion after 1 Special Service Battalion had been created from the already famous Special Service Battalion, in 1946. The battalion was responsible for the training of Armour soldiers and played a major role in the Angolan/SWA conflict as well as internal operations in the RSA, in support of the police. Several squadrons have taken part in the Border War in Operations such as Savannah, Protea, Daisy, Modular, and Hooper. 2 SSB received the first Rooikat armoured cars in May 1990, and its National Colours on 30 June 1990. In 1992, as part of the reduction of the SA Army after withdrawal from SWA, 2 SSB underwent a change in role when it was transformed from an armoured car regiment to a motorised infantry battalion. Early in 1997, 2 SSB was one of the battalions that had to close down, and it was amalgamated with 10 SAI on 1 April 1997. 2 SSB was closed down on 30 August 1997 after the handing over of the base to 2 SAI.


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2497Posted by

Vic Sargent
on 10 January

RE: 2 Special Service Battalion

2SDB / 2SSB was established in Zeerust on the 1st of October 1973, Prior to this the Unit was situated in Bloemfontein and was know as SDB / SSB which was established on the 1st of May 1933 as a Military training unit at Roberts Heights.
SDB / SSB became a Tank Unit on the 1st of May 1940 and on the 1st of September 1953 the SDB/SSB was established as an Armour Training Unit in Bloemfontein.
On the 1st of April 1966 the School of Armour was established in Bloemfontein.
SDB / SSB in Bloemfontein became known as 1SDB / 1SSB on the 1st of October 1973.
2SDB /2SSB was closed down on the 31st of December 1992.
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3238Posted by

Roi Russell
on 18 March

RE: 2 Special Service Battalion

I was transfered to 2SSB from Bloemfontein 1970 to Zeerust,I thihk it was established 1970?
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12270Posted by

JOHN SWIEGELAAR
on 4 June

RE: 2 Special Service Battalion

Anyone out there from the Zeerust 1984 / 1985 intake - A Squadron!...

15496Posted by

Dudley Wall
on 1 August

RE: 2 Special Service Battalion

2 Special Service Battalion...

25897Posted by

SHAUN HILL
on 8 April

RE: 2 Special Service Battalion

Pic of my original uniform and Beret from all those years ago !
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YearNumber of members on Roll Of Honour
1975
4
1976
1
1978
3
1979
1
1980
1
1981
2
1983
1
1984
2
1985
1
1987
2
1988
2
1990
2
TOTAL:
22

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