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2 South African Infantry Battalion
Active 1 January 1962
Country  South Africa
Branch South African Infantry Corps
Type Motorised infantry
Garrison/HQ Zeerust
Motto(s) In Utrumque Paratus (Prepared for all situations)
Engagements South African Border War
Battle honours Angola 1975

2 South African Infantry Battalion is a motorised infantry unit of the South African Army.

History[edit | edit source]

2 SAI was established on January 1, 1962 at Walvis Bay, South-West Africa (Namibia).[1] The first office to command the battalion was Major GN Mcloughlin and the first RSM was WO1 JAJ Steenkamp.[1] Initially the base was consisted of tents but were later replaced by prefabricated building.[1] Basic training took place in the desert and running up Dune 7 became part of that regime.[1] The unit first saw deployment to the South-West Africa/Angola border in 1968.[1] The unit took part in Operation Savannah during 1975, when South African troops covertly involved themselves in the Angolan Civil War.[1] The unit disbanded at the end of 1989 when Namibia gained independence.

On the 1 July 1993, the unit was reformed at Pomfret from old members of 32 Battalion.[1] By 1998, the unit was based in Zeerust.

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