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26 Field Artillery
SADF 26 Field Artillery emblem.png
26 Field Artillery Regiment emblem
Country Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
Branch
Allegiance
  • Flag of South Africa (1928–1994).svg Republic of South Africa
Service history
Active 1976
Size Regiment
Part of South African Army Artillery Corps
Army Conventional Reserve
Commanders
Insignia
Insignia Bursting grenade with seven flames

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

OriginEdit

This unit was originally formed as the first Field Artillery Regiment for the Northern Transvaal Command on 1 July 1976 and was based in Voortrekkerhoogte, south of Pretoria. [1]

First PersonnelEdit

Its first intake of personnel came from roughly 100 members of 14 Field Artillery Regiment who had served in Operation Savanah as part of Combat Groups Oranje and Zulu that were involved most notably in the battle for Bridge 14.

HeadquartersEdit

By 1981 the regiment’s headquarters was transferred to Group 15 in Hendrik Potgieter Street in the CBD, but later returned to Voortrekkerhoogte.

CommandEdit

The regiment was transferred to the command of Eastern Transvaal Command in 1984 as a conventional field regiment.

The regiment was also affiliated with 8th Armoured Division in the conventional context.

Traditions from the Anglo Boer WarEdit

The regiments two senior batterys were named after two guns used in the Anglo Boer War, namely the Martieni and Ras.

OperationsEdit

Members of the regiment were utilised in the Soutpansberg Military Area on the border area with Zimbabwe.

TraditionsEdit

On the 100th year celebration of the Ras gun, the regiment celebrated with a salute in Bokfontein near Brits in 1981, the hometown of the guns developer.

InsigniaEdit

The regiment's insignia is based on the Ras gun of the Anglo Boer War with the typical artillery colours as background.

SADF 26 Field Artillery Regiment insignia

SADF 26 Field Artillery Regiment insignia

Commanding OfficersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Nothling C.J. Editor, Ultima Ratio Regum (The Last Argument of Kings) Military Information Bureau, SADF, Pretoria, 1987. ISBN 0621102172

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