Important Dates

 

?/?/1935 - The establishment of Die Middellandse Regiment in Graaff Reinett, later renamed Regiment Groot Karoo and converted to Infantry

 

?/?/1939 - The establishment of the Pretoria Highlanders (PH). During World War II the regiment, as part of 7 South African Infantry Brigade, took part in "Operation Rose", the invasion of Madagascar by South African forces in June 1942. As far as is known, this is the first (and only) amphibious operation in which South African troops ever participated. Amalgamated with Pretoria Regiment

 

31 January 1940 - The formation of No 1 Armoured Car Company was authorised and the Black Beret was adopted as the headdress

 

21 February 1917 - The sinking of the SS Mendi

 

27 February 1881 - the Battle of Majuba

 

23 March 1854 - The establishment of the Royal D'urban Rangers

 

23 March 1988 - The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale

 

1888 - The establishment of the Natal Mounted Rifles (NMR) - amalgamation of the Royal D'urban Rangers, the Victoria Mounted Rifles, the Durban Mounted Rifles and other smaller units

 

30 March 2001 - Opening of Lesakeng at the SA Armour Museum by Hon Col Frik Jankowitz

 

01 April 1934 - The establishment of Regiment President Steyn as an Infantry Regiment, later converted to a Machine Gun  Battalion.

 

01 April 1962 - The establishment of 2 Armoured Car Regiment (with D Squadron at Walvis Bay). In 1967, 2 Armoured Car Regiment merged with 1 SSB

 

01 April 1966 - The establishment of the School of Armour

 

01 April 1999 - The establishment of the SA Army Armour Formation

 

01 April 1999 - The establishment of 1 SA Tank Regiment

 

10 April 1954 - The establishment of Regiment Mooirivier (RMR) as 2 Antitank Regiment SAA/ACF. In 1954 the regiment was converted to an Armoured Car regiment and renamed Regiment Hendrik Potgieter. In 1959 the regiment was renamed Regiment Mooirivier

 

20 - 24 April 1944 - The 6th SA Armoured Division enters Italy at the port of Taranto (including Armour Regiments such as Natal Mounted Rifles, Pretoria Regiment, Prince Alfred's Guard and 1 Special Service Battalion. The Imperial Light Horse, later the Light Horse Regiment took part as an Infantry Battalion)

 

30 April 1993 - The establishment of the SA Armour Association

 

01 May 1933 - The establishment of 1 Special Service Battalion (1 SSB)

 

May 1940 - The establishment of the SA Tank Corps

 

26 May 1978 - The Ratel in the Sea, Walvis Bay

 

10 June 1942 - The Battle of Celeno

 

22 June 1941 - The start of Operation Barbarossa

 

01 July 1913 - The establishment of Pretoria Regiment (PR) as the XIIth Infantry Battalion.

 

01 July 1952 - The establishment of Regiment Oranjerivier (ROR) as Regiment North West Cape in Upington. Later the name was changed to Regiment Hertzog and in 1960 to Regiment Oranjerivier

 

2 July 1942 - The First Battle of El ’Alamein

 

14 to 20 July 1916 - The Battle of Delville Wood

 

30 July 1900 - Surrender of the Boer Forces under Gen Prinsloo at Surrender Hill

 

August 1932 - Operation Ipumbu

 

01 September 1953 - The establishment of 1 SSB Training Regiment

 

02 September 1999 - The opening of Hull Down at the SA Armour Museum by Brig Gen Fido Smit, Hon Col of 1 SSB

 

06 September - Warsaw Flights

 

13 September 1996 - The inauguration of the SA Armour Museum by the Chief of the Army, Lt Gen Reg Otto

 

18 and 19 September 1918 - The Battle of Square Hill

 

19 September 1856 - The establishment of Prince Alfred's Guard (PAG). Recently converted to an Infantry regiment

 

21 September 1899 - The establishment of the Imperial Light Horse (ILH), later the Light Horse Regiment (LHR)

 

01 October 1962 - The establishment of C Squadron, 2 Armoured Car Regiment at Zeerust as a military base

 

01 October 1973 - The establishment of 2 Special Service Battalion

 

18 October 1946 - The establishment of the SA Armoured Corps (SAAC) as a unit of the Permanent Force. Government Gazette No 3716 dated 18 October 1946.

 

23 October 1942 - The Second Battle of El Alamein

 

01 November 1942 - The first steps taken to constitute the SA Armoured Corps as a unit of the Active Citizen Force

 

11 November 1918 - At approximately 05:00 on Monday 11 November 1918, the Armistice was signed in a railway carriage of Marshall Foch’s special train located in the forest at Rethondes in France on the western front. At 11:00 on this Monday 11 November 1918, the roar of guns ceased and peace and silence finally de-scended on the western front, ending the First World War. It is estimated that close to 9,5 million soldiers, sailors and airmen of all sides died in the Great War.

 

December 1992 - The amalgamation of 2 Special Service Battalion and 1 Special Service Battalion