|1 Locating Regiment|
1 Locating Regiment emblem / Regiment Simonsberg
|Active||1 March 1950|
|Part of||South African Army Artillery Corps|
|Motto(s)||Pete et dele (Search and destroy)|
Origin[edit | edit source]
This unit can trace back its origins when it was created by the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Stellenbosch. Major C.L. Olen, a professor of engineering at this university was its first commander. Its headquarters was first seated in the engineer's faculty on the university grounds where it became a purely Afrikaans speaking unit.
Command affiliation[edit | edit source]
With the reorganization of the SA Army in August 1974, the unit, now a regiment was placed under the divisional command of 8th Armoured Division (South Africa).
Conversion in role and name[edit | edit source]
By 1990 the unit was converted with a new role as a 155mm RL medium artillery regiment. From this point the unit was also now named Regiment Simonsberg. The unit's headquarters was also moved to Jan Cilliers street in the town.
Specialization[edit | edit source]
The regiment provided divisional troops but was typically organized to allocate locating batteries to brigades. The regiment specialized in the technical search of enemy battery fire by means of delicate and sophisticated measuring equipment, such as radar and meteorology. A battery typically comprised an Intelligence Section, a Meteorological Section, and a Radar Troop of three radar sections each with a radar set, a Sound Ranging Troop, a Survey Troop and an Observation Troop.
During a border camp in 1976, members of the regiment measured the “cutline” and charted the installation in Owamboland.
Commanding officers[edit | edit source]
- 1950 Major C.L. Olen
- 1990 Commandant I.P. Roux
Freedom of entry[edit | edit source]
The regiment received freedom of entry into Stellenbosch on 18 October 1975 and received its colours on 4 March 1978.
Insignia[edit | edit source]
The regiment's emblem is a blue background with a red diamond and a gold eagle holding a flash of lightening in its right claw and a grenade in its left claw. On its chest is a Roman letter I in red.
Dress insignia[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Nothling C.J. Editor, Ultima Ratio Regum (The Last Argument of Kings) Military Information Bureau, SADF, Pretoria, 1987. ISBN 0621102172
- Further reading: Wilsworth, Clive. First In, Last Out: The South African Artillery in Action: 1975-1988. 30 Degrees South. ISBN 978-1-920143-40-4. http://www.30degreessouth.co.za/first_in_last_out.htm.
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