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111 Battalion
SADF 111 SA Battalion emblem.png
111 Battalion emblem
Active 1980–1994
Country Flag of South Africa (1928–1994).svg South Africa
Branch Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa Army
Type Motorised infantry
Part of South African Army Infantry Corps
Garrison/HQ New Amsterdam
Motto(s) Luec Doctrinae Light of Knowledge
Equipment Buffel APC, Samil 20
Insignia
Company level Inisgnia SA Army Company Insignia
SA Motorised Infantry beret bar circa 1992
SA motorised infantary beret bar

SA Motorised Infantry beret bar

111 Battalion was a motorised infantry unit of the South African Army.

HistoryEdit

Origin of the black battalionsEdit

By the late 1970s the South African government had abandoned its opposition to arming black soldiers.[1]

In early 1979, the government also approved a plan to form a number of regional African battalions, each with a particular ethnic identity, which would either serve in their respective homelands or under regional SADF commands.

Location of the 100 Battalions in relation to their homelands ver 2

Location of the 100 Battalions in relation to their respective homelands

The Swazi BattalionEdit

This policy led to the formation of 111 Battalion for Swazis. 111 Battalion was raised in 1980 at Amsterdam, Mpumalanga on the Swaziland Border in the then Eastern Transvaal where a purpose built base was developed for it.[2]

Troops for 111 SA Battalion were recruited from the self-governing territory of KaNgwane, where the SADF itself maintained a base.[3]

Higher CommandEdit

111 Battalion resorted under the command of Group 33 based in Nelspruit.

SADF Group 33 emblem

SADF Group 33 emblem

Operational DeploymentEdit

The battalion was responsible for patrolling the border between Swaziland and South Africa.

DisbandmentEdit

111 Battalion was disbanded around 1994 and some members were assimilated into the new SANDF.

InsigniaEdit

The badge was designed to represent the head ring and plumes of the Swazi King upon crossed assegais.

SADF 111 SA Battalion insignia

SADF 111 SA Battalion insignia

NotesEdit

Peled, A. A question of Loyalty Military Manpower Policy in Multiethinic States, Cornell University Press, 1998, ISBN 0-8014-3239-1 Chapter 2: South Africa: From Exclusion to Inclusion

ReferencesEdit

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