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4 Artillery Regiment
SANDF 4 Field Artillery emblem
Country Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
  • Flag of South Africa (1928–1994).svg Republic of South Africa
  • Flag of South Africa.svg Republic of South Africa
Service history
Active 1945 to present
Role Medium (self propelled) Artillery (G6)
Size Regiment
Part of South African Army Artillery Formation
Army Conventional
Patron St Barbara
Motto Always in support
Colors The launchers
Battles World War II
South African Border War
Insignia Bursting grenade with seven flames

4 Artillery Regiment is based at Potchefstroom, responsible for the training of soldiers allotted to Field and Medium Artillery.


On May 28, 1945, authority was granted for the formation of 4 Field Artillery as a full-time regiment with effect 1 April 1945. Based in Potchefstroom after the war, it became 4 Field Training Regiment in 1953 with 10, 11 and 12 Field Batteries at Potchefstroom, Bloemfontein and Oudtshoorn respectively. It was disestablished as a training institution in November 1967. The regiment has taken part in most operations since Operation Savannah in 1976. It became the first artillery regiment to be presented with a regimental colour and claims to be the first to have appointed an honorary colonel. The regiment is currently organised as a composite unit and has a growth capability for the establishment of added regiments.


  • Col (Hon) Johann Oosthuizen 1984 – 2012

Freedom of the CityEdit

The regiment was awarded the Freedom of Potchefstroom in 1984.


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