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84 Motorised Brigade
SADF era 84 Motorised Brigade emblem.png
84 Motorised Brigade emblem
Active 1974–1992
Country  South Africa
Allegiance  South Africa
Branch  South Africa Army
Type Motorised Brigade
Part of South African Composite Brigade
Garrison Durban
Nickname(s) 84 Mot
Motto(s) Ubukhali besizenze (The sharp end of the axe)
Engagements South African Border War
84 Mot Brigade Command Bar SADF era 84 Motorized Brigade Command Bar.png

84 Motorised Brigade was a Formation of 8th Armoured Division (South Africa), a combined arms force consisting of infantry, armour and artillery.

History[edit | edit source]

Origin[edit | edit source]

84 Motorised Brigade was formed on August 1, 1974 in Durban as part of the 8th Armoured Division. The Brigade was located at Lords Grounds, which has a military history since 1842.

Initial Structure[edit | edit source]

Under this reorganisation, the following units were transferred from Natal Command to the new command:

Structure SADF 84 Motorised Brigade

Higher Command[edit | edit source]

84 Motorised Brigade then resorted under the new 8 Division.

Brigade Training and Exercises[edit | edit source]

Operational Activation[edit | edit source]

As a Citizen Force structure, 84 Motorised Brigade would make use of call-up orders for its personnel to generally report for 3 months service. Headquarters staff would then leave for Lohatla, where a transfer camp would be established to process troops en route to the operational area in northern South West Africa. Processing of units would include personal documentation, a medical examination, inoculation and the issuing of equipment and weapons. Each unit on completion of the necessary processing, would entrain to the Olienhoutplaat Station for a six-day journey to Grootfontein, the railhead near the Operational Area. All 84 Brigades units had at one time or another served in the Operational Area and at the end of the Republic Festival celebrations in 1981 elements of 84 Motorised Brigade were airlifted from Durban for border duties.[1]

Insignia[edit | edit source]

SADF era 84 Motorized Brigade insignia

Leadership[edit | edit source]

  • Brigadier G.J. Wolmarans 1974-
  • Colonel H.F.P. Riekert
  • Colonel F.J.van Tonder
  • Colonel P.J.W. Hall 1982 (Former OC of Bushmen Battalion at Omega in the Caprivi)

Notes[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Natal Mercury Supplement Thursday March 9, 1982

External links[edit | edit source]

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