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26 Field Artillery Regiment
SADF 26 Field Artillery emblem.png
26 Field Artillery Regiment emblem
Active 1976
Country  South Africa
  •  Republic of South Africa
Type Artillery
Size Regiment
Part of South African Army Artillery Corps
Army Conventional Reserve
Garrison/HQ Voortrekkerhoogte
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

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

Origin[edit | edit source]

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 Personnel[edit | edit source]

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.

Headquarters[edit | edit source]

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

Command[edit | edit source]

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 War[edit | edit source]

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

Operations[edit | edit source]

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

Traditions[edit | edit source]

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.

Insignia[edit | edit source]

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

Commanding Officers[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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

External links[edit | edit source]

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