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25 Field Artillery Regiment
SADF 25 Field Artillery emblem.png
25 Field Artillery Regiment emblem
Active 1977-1988
Country  South Africa
  •  Republic of South Africa
Type Artillery
Size Regiment
Part of South African Army Artillery Corps
Army Conventional Reserve
Garrison/HQ Potchefstroom
Collar Badge Bursting grenade with seven flames
Beret Colour Oxford Blue
Artillery Battery Emblems SANDF Artillery Battery emblems
Artillery Beret Bar circa 1992 SANDF Artillery Beret Bar

25 Field Artillery Regiment was an artillery regiment of the South African Artillery.

Origin[edit | edit source]

This unit was originally formed as 25 Composite Regiment on 17 May 1977 and was based in Potchefstroom. As a composite unit, it comprised

  • a couple of gun batteries,
  • heavy mortars and,
  • counter artillery locating radar elements.(typically using the Cymbeline Mk1 locating radar)[1]

Conversion to a Medium Regiment[edit | edit source]

By 1984 the regiment was altered with the removal of its mortar and radar and its conversion to a medium regiment.

Operations[edit | edit source]

On 3 May 1984 the regiment was added to the operational control of Far North Command. As a Citizen Force Regiment, its primary function was artillery support and it secondary function as infantry. The regiment was operational in the border area with Zimbabwe in 1980 and in South West Africa in 1983.

Traditions[edit | edit source]

Emblem design[edit | edit source]

The regiment had a typical artillery tradition and instead of having colours considered its cannons its colours. The unit received its ceremonial emblems on 21 September 1984. The emblem has the traditional artillery background colours of red and dark blue separated by a gold glowing line depicting the Mooi River. The gold penny represents efficiency while the strikes typify artillery fire. This design also can be seen to show the radar element which was previously part of the unit.

Commanding Officer saber[edit | edit source]

Commanding officers were issued a ceremonial saber for the taking over of command.

Commanding officers[edit | edit source]

  • Commandant J.P. Aukamp
  • Commandant H.A. Labuschagne

Insignia[edit | edit source]

Dress Insignia[edit | edit source]

SADF 25 Field Artillery Regiment insignia

SADF 25 Field Artillery Regiment cravat

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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