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1 Regiment Noord-Transvaal

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Regiment Noord-Transvaal (RNT) [Eng: Northern Transvaal Regiment] was established in January 1964 (officially given as 1 Jan 1963). By May 1969 the regiment was large enough to form two battalions, 1 RNT and 2 RNT. Originally an armoured unit, but in 1975 the RNT converted to a mechanised infantry regiment. 1 RNT formed part of 81 Armoured Brigade from 1975 until 1991 Its first operational deployment came in 1976 in SWA. It was involved to the end, taking part in Operations Moduler, Hooper and Packer in 1987-8.


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The Unit Banner was handed over to the OC of 1 RNT by the Acting State President, Senator TM (Tom) Naudé, during a parade in Pretoria in September 1967.
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81 Armoured Brigade's emblem ("balkie") above the unit emblem indicates the affiliation between the formation and unit which had started on 1 January 1975....


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The badge used on the beret is larger than those used on the lapels of the step-out uniform....


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The "veg"-balkie (combat-emblem) was designed by members of 1 RNT and have also been adopted by other mechanised units.
NOTE:
The yellow-"veg"-balkie was authorised for use by 1 RNT in 1982.
The green-"veg"-balkie was authorised for use by RNT in 1997....


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1 RNT had already participated in important mobile warfare exercises during the existence of 16 Brigade, the predecessor of 81 Armoured Brigade. These exercises had served as research in the conduct of landward battles in typical South African conditions. This led to the establishment of a new conventional force on 1 August 1974.

Since then, 1 RNT had contributed regularly to the readiness and prteparedness of 81 Armoured Brigade. Mechanised training had originally taken place in soft-skin vehicles. Later, Saracens were used until the appearance of the Ratel 20mm Infantry Fighting vehicle in 1976. Thus 1 RNT became the very first complete unit to be converted into a mechanised battalion as a whole, during Exercise Mainstay in 1977.

During the following few training camps members of 1 RNT were responsible for additional training of all drivers and gunners which would serve as crews of headquarter's Ratels.

In the photo: Members of 1 RNT attending an order group during Exercise Manu Ferrea in 1990...


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The regiment is proud to be the very first army unit to be deployed in South West Africa again since World War 2 (in 1967). Operational service, however, only commenced with 81 Armoured Brigade with a deployment in Kaokoland as per readiness schedule in 1982.

Since then many leader groups, navigators, drivers and gunners have participated in operations in Southern-Angola. After literally thousands of its members had been involved with riot-control, 1 RNT formed part of Operation Prone in 1988 as a complete unit.

In the photo: Members of C-Company at vehicles that had not heeded the instructions given to them by the Buffel-based patrol during riot-control operations in 1985....


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A particular highlight was 1 RNT's participation in 1978 in the first brigade-exercise at the new Army Battle School, the training institition for conventional formations.

In the photo: The Okaholo pans provided ample and ideal training-terrain for drivers and recovery-personnel. ...


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During Exercise Maremane I, 1 RNT provided a headquarters as well as subunits for combat groups Alpha and Bravo. Combat Group Alpha was part of the firepower demonstration during the official opening of the PW Botha Training Area. Members of the Cabinet and other dignitaries attended the demonstration.

in the photo: During operations service in 1981, Combat Group Foxtrot was involved in a contact with three enemy insurgents and had captured these pieces of equipment....


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Members of 1 RNT receive their medals from Brigadier F. Bestbier, the commanding officer of 8 Armoured Division....


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Members of 1 RNT form the Honour Guard during an medal parade at the Army Battle School on 14 April 1991....


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An era of cooperation was closed down as 81 Armoured Brigade had participated in this particular rock-stacking ceremony for the last time. (Artwork done by L/Cpl G. van den Berg, of 1 RNT)...


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Regiment Noord-Transvaal Colours (as per Art Card, dated 1967)...


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1 Regiment Noord-Transvaal Flag (as per Art Card, dated 1991)...


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Art Card for the 1 Regiment Noord-Transvaal Shoulder Flash, approved 1977:...


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Art Card for the Regiment Noord-Transvaal Cap Badge, approved 1962: ...


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Art Card for the 1 Regiment Noord-Transvaal Beret Bar, approved 1982:...


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Art Card for the 1 Regiment Noord-Transvaal Beret Bar, approved 1997:...


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HONORARY COLONEL DR PIET KOORNHOF:
By Tim Marsland
Photo: George Wolmarans

"You may knock on my door at any time"


Dr PIET KOORNHOF, South Africa’s Ambassador to the United States of America, recently became Honorary Colonel of 1 Regiment Northern Transvaal (1 RNT) the first Citizen Force Unit in Pretoria.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Koornhof said that his door will always be open in South Africa and in America to 1 RNT. Any member of the Unit, from private to officer, can knock on his door at any time to discuss unit ralated matters, he said. He would like to become a father figure for the Unit. He sees himself as the person who should boost morale and ensure that the awareness of the Unit does hot diminish,

A lesser known fact of Dr Koornhof is his previous involvement with the Defence Force. He served as a voluntary officer in the Pongola Regiment for a number of years in posts such as adjutant with the rank of captain. He was later offered the post of Officer Commanding but had to turn it down because he was elected to the House of Assembly and had to resign from the Citizen Force.

Also not commonly known is that Dr Koornhof’s son served as Officer Commanding 1 RNT. Cmdt G.W. Koornhof was OC from 1 October 1981 until 30 September 1986.

Dr Koornhof is the second Honorary Colonel of 1 RNT. Dr Hilgard Muller, the then Minister of Foreign Affairs, became the first Honorary Colonel of the Unit on 2 December 1967 and remained in the post until he passed away in 1985.

...To Be Continued...

SOURCE: PARATUS • JUNE 1989

Photo: Dr Piet Koornhof takes the salute while Cmdt T. Phillips, OC of 1 RNT, looks on....


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...Continued...

1 Regiment Northern Transvaal is famous not only for being the first Army Unit to be deployed for operational service in SWA/Namibia but also the Unit which eats ice-cream to commemorate their first training camp.

The ice-cream saga came into being when the Unit held their first training camp in June 1964 in Potchefstroom and it began to snow heavily. It was the last night of the camp and the situation was worsened because all their equipment had already been handed back. The Unit’s official historian describes it as a “dramatic evening” .

It then became tradition that at all formal Unit dinners the dessert would be ice-cream with chocolate sauce. This was to symbolise the snow, the cold and the mud. The tradition has been continued to this day. At the end of 1967, RNT became the first Army unit to be deployed in SWA/Namibia for operational duty. Elements from the Unit were deployed in such places as Walvis Bay, Katima Mulilo, Tsumeb and Grootfontein. Two years later RNT received the Right of Freedom of Entry into Pretoria.

IN April 1969, RNT was divided into two separate units - 1 RNT and 2 RNT. These two units today each have totally different functions. 1 RNT is a mechanised infantry battalion falling under 81 Armour Brigade, while 2 RNT is a counter-insurgency battalion falling under Far Northern Command.

The transformation for 1 RNT officially becoming a mechanised infantry battalion took place during 1976 and 1977.

Because 1 RNT was the first Civilian Force mechanised infantry battalion, they naturally had a hand in the formation of the present day fighting doctrine.

The Unit has seen various service periods in South West Africa between 1982 and 1988 as well as service periods in the Northern Cape, where they were used in counter-insurgency roles to control unrest. Elements from the Unit were also involved in Angola.

The Unit initiated (in 1977) the Mechanised Infantry Badge, and in 1982 the so called ‘Meg-balkie’ which is worn on the beret, was registered in the Unit’s name.


SOURCE: PARATUS • JUNE 1989...


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