111 Battalion emblem
|Branch||South Africa Army|
|Part of||South African Army Infantry Corps|
|Motto(s)||Luec Doctrinae Light of Knowledge|
|Equipment||Buffel APC, Samil 20|
|Company level Inisgnia|
|SA Motorised Infantry beret bar circa 1992|
Origin of the black battalionsEdit
By the late 1970s the South African government had abandoned its opposition to arming black soldiers.
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.
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.
111 Battalion resorted under the command of Group 33 based in Nelspruit.
The battalion was responsible for patrolling the border between Swaziland and South Africa.
111 Battalion was disbanded around 1994 and some members were assimilated into the new SANDF.
The badge was designed to represent the head ring and plumes of the Swazi King upon crossed assegais.
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
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