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6 South African Infantry Battalion
Active 1 January 1962
Country  South Africa
Allegiance
  •  Republic of South Africa
  •  Republic of South Africa
Branch
Type Air assault infantry
Garrison/HQ Grahamstown, Eastern Cape
Motto(s) Aliis Melius
Engagements South African Border War
Commanders
Current
commander
Lt Col Altin J. Gysman

6 South African Infantry Battalion is an air assault infantry unit of the South African Army.

History[edit | edit source]

6 SAI was established on January 1, 1962 at Grahamstown, Eastern Cape.[1] The battalion became operational on the 1970.[1] 6 SAI took part in Operation Protea and during Operation Daisy in Angola.[1] The battalion has since become an air assault infantry unit specifically trained to deploy via helicopters.[1] The battalion was deployed again in April 2013 to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as part of the United Nations Force Intervention Brigade.[2][3][4][5][6][7] On the 28 August 2014, after their return from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the battalion was honoured with a Freedom of the City parade through Grahamstown.[8]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Engelbrecht, Leon (2 March 2010). "Fact file: 6 SA Infantry Battalion". DefenceWeb. http://www.defenceweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6914&catid=74&Itemid=30. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  2. "5 South African Infantry Battalion Deploys to DRC". African Defence. 14 May 2014. http://www.african-defense.com/?p=5784. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  3. Olivier, Darren (29 August 2013). "The FIB Goes To War". African Defence Review. http://www.africandefence.net/the-fib-goes-to-war/. Retrieved 25 September 2014. "At 07h50 yesterday morning, the Force Intervention Brigade (FIB) of the United Nations peacekeeping force in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) fired the opening shots of the first ever direct attack on rebel forces in UN peacekeeping history." 
  4. Stupart, Richard. "The Last Days of M23". AfricanDefence.net. http://www.africandefence.net/the-last-days-of-m23/. Retrieved 25 September 2014. "It was an assault that few DRC cynics thought possible. Last week, with the assistance of the United Nations’s newly established Force Intervention Brigade, troops from the FARDC drove the M23 rebel faction to the Ugandan border and forced what has been effectively their total and unconditional surrender." 
  5. Olivier, Darren (30 October 2013). "How M23 was rolled back". African Defence Review. http://www.africandefence.net/analysis-how-m23-was-rolled-back/. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  6. Olivier, Darren (1 May 2014). "Casualties in APCLS attack on MONUSCO/FARDC positions". African Defence Review. http://www.africandefence.net/three-sandf-soldiers-wounded-by-apcls-attack-in-the-drc/. Retrieved 24 September 2014. "The SANDF soldiers … stood their ground and defended their position with great courage and determination." 
  7. Hofstatter, Stephan; Oatway, James (22 August 2014). "South Africa at war in the DRC - The inside story". Sunday Times. http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2014/08/22/south-africa-at-war-in-the-drc--the-inside-story. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  8. "6SAI honoured in Grahamstown parade". Daily Dispatch. 29 August 2014. http://www.dispatchlive.co.za/news/6sai-honoured-in-grahamstown-parade/. Retrieved 3 October 2014. 

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