113 Battalion emblem
|Branch||South Africa Army|
|Part of||South African Army Infantry Corps|
|Motto(s)||Servamus We Serve|
|Equipment||Buffel APC, Samil 20|
|Company level Inisgnia|
|SA Motorised Infantry beret bar circa 1992|
History[edit | edit source]
Origin of the black battalions[edit | edit source]
By the late 1970s the South African government had abandoned its opposition to arming black soldiers.
In early 1979, the government approved a plan to form a number of regional African battalions, each with a particular ethnic identity, which would serve in their homeland or under regional SADF commands.
Development of the Gazankulu Defence Force[edit | edit source]
This led to the formation of 113 Battalion for the Tsongas tribe. It is believed that the original intention was for this battalion to form the basis of a future Gazankulu Defence Force. 113 Battalion was raised in 1980 at Phalaborwa in the then Eastern Transvaal. Troops for 113 SA Battalion were recruited from the self-governing territory of Gazankulu.
Higher Command[edit | edit source]
Disbandment[edit | edit source]
113 Battalion was later absorbed into 7 South African Infantry Battalion to form a single battalion in the new SANDF.
Insignia[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
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
References[edit | edit source]
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