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5 South African Infantry Battalion
Active 1 January 1962
Country Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
Branch South African Infantry Corps
Type Motorised infantry
Garrison/HQ Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal
Motto(s) Avante!
Engagements South African Border War

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


5 SAI was established on January 1, 1962 at Ladysmith, Natal Province.[1] The battalion became operational on the 1 April 1962.[1] 5 SAI took part in Operation Savannah during 1975 in Angola,[1] and deployed companies continously on rotation to the operational area, taking part in many of the large operations across the border into Angola in the years which followed, right up to the withdrawal of South African forces from Namibia in 1989. In 2009, the battalion was one of several South African units who took part as peacekeepers in the United Nations Mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC).[2] The battalion was deployed again in May 2014 to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as part of the United Nations Force Intervention Brigade.[3]


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