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82 Mechanised Brigade
82 Mechanised Brigade emblem
Active 1974–1992
Country  South Africa
Allegiance  South Africa
Branch  South Africa Army
Type Mechanised Brigade
Part of South African Composite Brigade
Garrison Potchefstroom
Nickname(s) 82 Mech
Engagements South African Border War
82 Mech Brigade Beret Badge SADF 8 Mech Beret Badge.jpg
82 Mech Command Bar SADF 82 Mech Brigade Command Bar.jpg

82 Mechanised Brigade was a Formation of 8th South African Armoured Division, a combined arms force consisting of infantry, armour and artillery.

History[edit | edit source]

Establishment[edit | edit source]

82 Mech[1] was established on 1 August 1974 as part of 8th South African Armoured Division, an armoured formation. By 1977, the Brigade comprised:

Structure SADF 82 Mechanised Brigade circa 1988

Divisional Transfer[edit | edit source]

In 1985, 82 Mechanised Brigade was transferred to 7 Division.

South West Africa and Angola[edit | edit source]

Operations[edit | edit source]

As part of 7 Division, 82 Mech was primarily involved in:

During Operation Packer[2] which succeeded Operation Hooper in March 1988, 82 Mechanised Brigade protected the eastern bank of the Cuito River. During this operation the FAPLA forces suffered losses and the situation on the eastern bank stabilised to such an extent that Operation Displace could start. During this phase the South African forces withdrew from Angola.[3]

Disbandment[edit | edit source]

8th South African Armoured Division’s Brigades were disbanded in 1992 and the battalions and regiments came to answer directly to the divisional headquarters - the thinking was that these would be grouped into task forces as required.

Insignia[edit | edit source]


82 Mechanised Brigade Operational Badge, field and office versions

SADF 82 Brigade Stable belt

SADF 82 Mechanised Brigade Pin

Roll of Honour[edit | edit source]

  • Fincham, D.R. 1982
  • Coleby, D.N. Sgt 1983

Honoris Crux Recipients[edit | edit source]

  • Lewis, M.J. WO, 12 Sept 1990
  • Du Plessis, R. S Sgt, 12 Sept 1990

Leadership[edit | edit source]

  • Colonel Tobias Johannes Van Schalkwyk (1983)
  • Colonel Paul Fouche (1988)

Further developments[edit | edit source]

82 Mech Brigade can be considered the Citizens Force version of 61 Mech, encompassing similar battlegroup or Task Force principles.

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