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2 Locating Regiment
SADF 2 Locating Regiment Johannesburg Artillery Regiment.png
2 Locating Regiment emblem / Johannesburg Artillery Regiment
Active 1 March 1950
Country  South Africa
  •  Republic of South Africa
Type Artillery
Size Regiment
Part of South African Army Artillery Corps
Garrison/HQ Auckland Park, Doornkop
Motto(s) Pete et dele (Search and destroy)

2 Locating Regiment was an artillery regiment of the South African Artillery. The regiment provided divisional troops but was typically organized to allocate locating batteries to brigades.

Origin[edit | edit source]

This unit can trace its origins back to its creation at the University of Witwatersrand. Major H.B. Gilliland was its first commander. The unit struggled initially but by June 1951 a command nucleus could conduct its first training camp in Potchefstroom. By 1956 the unit had grown to such an extent that it could make personnel available to other units. By 1966 the unit moved from Auckland Park to Doornkop Military Base. Its last headquarters was however in Johannesburg.

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 7 South African Infantry Division, but was also allocated to 8th Armoured Division (South Africa) later.[1]

Renamed and amalgamated[edit | edit source]

The unit was renamed to the Johannesburg Artillery Regiment around 1990 but was finally amalgamated together with 7 Medium Artillery Regiment into the Transvaal Horse Artillery Regiment.

Specialization[edit | edit source]

The regiment consisted of 22 Battery. The regiment specialized in the technical search of enemy battery fire by means of delicate and sophisticated measuring equipment, such as radar and meteorology. The battery typically comprised an Intelligence Section, a Meteorological Section, and a Radar Troop of three radar section each with a radar set, a Sound Ranging Troop, a Survey Troop and an observation Troop. Three batteries of this unit conducted border service in the operational area in 1976.

Commanding officers[edit | edit source]

  • 1950 Major H.B. Gilliland
  • 1960 Major A.S. Brink

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 II in red.

Dress insignia[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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