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1 Regiment de la Rey - (8 members)

Regiment de la Rey (RDLR) was originaly formed at Potchefstroom on 1 Apr 1934. It was renamed to Regiment Wes Transvaal in 1960, after which was changed back to RDLR in 1966. It participated in the Border War, especially during Operation Packer in 1988, where a battalion was part of the 82nd Mechanied Brigade attack on the Tumpo Triangle at Cuito Cuanavale. Regiment De la Rey (RDLR) was named after the "Lion of the West", as General Koos de la Rey was known since the South African War.


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Regiment de la Rey - (8 members)

Regiment de la Rey (RDLR) was originaly formed at Potchefstroom on 1 Apr 1934. It was renamed to Regiment Wes Transvaal in 1960, after which was changed back to RDLR in 1966. It participated in the Border War, especially during Operation Packer in 1988, where a battalion was part of the 82nd Mechanied Brigade attack on the Tumpo Triangle at Cuito Cuanavale. Regiment De la Rey (RDLR) was named after the "Lion of the West", as General Koos de la Rey was known since the South African War.


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RE: Regiment De la Rey

Named after the Lion of the Western Transvaal, as General Koos de la Rey was known during – and after – the Anglo South African War, the regiment was formed at Potchefstroom by Government Notice on September 7, 1934.

Before the Second World War, battalion headquarters were at Rustenburg in the Transvaal. The unit had company headquarters at Potchefstroom, Klerksdorp and Ventersdorp, with a support company at Brits. Mrs J E Morkel, daughter of General De la Rey, became the first honorary colonel of the regiment.

The regiment was affiliated to the Northamptonshire Regiment of the British Army.

The regiment was mobilised on July 18, 1940 and at first served in the Transvaal. Because the commanding officer, Lt-Col (later Brig) HP van Noorden, was by then commanding a battalion of the Field Force Brigade, command of the regiment passed to Lt-Col WD Basson.

In 1945, as part of the 6 SA Armoured Division’s 12 Motorised Brigade, RDLR was merged with a Wits Rifles battalion, becoming known as the “Royal Boere”, whose watchword was “ODJ” (Op die job). The composite battalion saw much service in the Apennines, especially in April 1945, on the eve of the war’s end, suffering heavy losses at Monte Caprara (April 15/16). The unit's casualties were among the heaviest in the division. During the Italian campaign 119 soldiers were killed, 576 wounded and 17 were posted missing in action.

The regiment also distinguished itself in taking Allerona on June 15 1944, in fighting on Monte Querciabella and Monte Fili, and in forcing the River Greve in July 1944. WR/DLR were the first on Monte Stanco in the Apennines in October 1944. For almost the entire Italian campaign RDLR was commanded by Lt-Col Jack Bester, until he was appointed to command the newly formed 13th Motorised Brigade.

On January 1 1960 the regiment was renamed Regiment Wes-Transvaal with headquarters at Potchefstroom. After objections and strenuous efforts it resumed its original designation as Regiment De la Rey on September 1 1966.

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The regiment participated in the South African Border War, also known as the Namibian War of Independence, the conflict that took place from 1966 to 1989 in South-West Africa (now Namibia) and Angola between South Africa and its allied forces (mainly UNITA) and the Angolan government, South-West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO), and their allies the Soviet Union and Cuba, the RDLR wikipedia entry reads. The unit played a notable role in Operation Packer, sequel to Operations Modular and Hooper in the vicinity of the south-eastern Angolan town of Cuito Cuanavale. The objective of the operation was to drive the combined FAPLA/Cuban force back across the Cuito River to the west bank. The primary assault force which was to ‘drive the enemy’ out of Tumpo on the Cuito's east bank, consisted of 13 Olifant tanks with crews from Regiment President Steyn, a squadron of Ratel 90's from Regiment Mooirivier (RMR), a mechanised infantry battalion from Regiment de la Rey and from Regiment Great Karoo, three companies from 32 Battalion, three UNITA regular battalions and two semi-regular UNITA battalions plus a number of other components.

Battle honours:
• Italy 1944-1945
• Monte Querciabella
• Monte Salvaro
• The Greve
• Casino II
• Monte Fili
• Monte Sole/Caprara
• Allerona
• Gothic Line
• Po Valley
• Florence
• Monte Stanco
• Camposanto Bridge

Motto: Ons Waarsku (We warn)

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Colours of Regiment Wes Transvaal (previously, and later again, known as Regiment de la Rey) (as per Art Card dated 1962)...


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1 Regiment de la Rey Flag (as per Art Card, dated 1989)...


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5917Posted by

James Gibson
on 14 April

RE: Regiment De la Rey

Hi Johan, Another remarkable Regiment who had a huge role in the Angolan Bush war. The information I have on this Regiment has already been said, to add onto the History of this Regiment, I would like to attach the older version of the Regiment Badge.

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