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8 South African Armoured Division
Active 1974-1997
Country  South Africa
Branch South African Army
Type Armour
Size Division

8 South African Armoured Division was a formation of the South African Army, active from the 1970s to 1999.

History[edit | edit source]

8 SA Division was established as an armoured formation on August 1, 1974, consisting of 81 Armoured Brigade, 82 Mechanised Brigade and 84 Motorised Brigade. It was, in many respects, a mirror of 7 South African Division.

A provisional 1977 order of battle had 8 South African Armoured Division organised as follows: [1]

Divisional Breakdown[edit | edit source]

Brigades[edit | edit source]

By 1985, 8 SA Division consisted of 81 Armoured Brigade, 84 Motorised Brigade and 72 Motorised Brigade. 82 Mechanised Brigade was under command of 7 South African Division

81 Armoured Brigade[edit | edit source]

SADF 81 Armoured Brigade

81 Armoured Brigade consisted of the following units:

  • 811 Tank Regiment,
  • 812 Tank Regiment,
  • 813 Mechanised Battalion,
  • 81 Medium Regiment
  • 81 Field Squadron,
  • 81 Signals Unit,
  • 81 Maintenance Unit
  • 81 Field Workshop,
  • 81 Field Ambulance,

82 Mechanised Brigade[edit | edit source]

SADF 82 Mechanised Brigade emblem

82 Mechanised Brigade consisted of the following units:

  • 821 Mechanised Battalion,
  • 822 Mechanised Battalion,
  • 823 Tank Regiment,
  • 82 Field Regiment,
  • 82 Field Squadron,
  • 82 Signals Unit,
  • 82 Maintenance Unit,
  • 82 Field Workshop,
  • 82 Field Ambulance,

83 Mechanised Brigade[edit | edit source]

83 Mechanised Brigade consisted of the following units

  • 831 Mechanised Battalion,
  • 832 Mechanised Battalion,
  • 833 Tank Regiment,
  • 83 Field Regiment,
  • 83 Field Squadron,
  • 83 Signals Unit
  • 83 Maintenance Unit
  • 83 Field Workshop,
  • 83 Field Ambulance

84 Motorised Brigade[edit | edit source]

SADF 84 Motorised Brigade

84 Motorised Brigade consisted of the following units

  • 841 Motorised Battalion,
  • 84 Field Regiment,
  • 842 Motorised Battalion,
  • 843 Motorised Battalion,
  • 84 Field Squadron,
  • 84 Signals Unit,
  • 84 Maintenance Unit,
  • 84 Field Workshop,
  • 84 Field Ambulance,

8th Armoured Division also consisted of the following diverse units:

Artillery[edit | edit source]

18 Locating Regiment,

Light Anti-aircraft[edit | edit source]

18 Anti-aircraft Regiment (35mm), 28 Anti-aircraft Regiment (20mm),

Medium Artillery[edit | edit source]

18 Medium Regiment,

Engineers[edit | edit source]

18 Field Squadron, 18 Engineer Support Regiment,

Armour[edit | edit source]

18 Tank Regiment, 18 Forward Delivery Squadron,

Signals[edit | edit source]

18 Signals Group

Maintenance[edit | edit source]

18 Maintenance Unit, 18 Field Workshop,

Medical[edit | edit source]

18 Mobile Hospital, 18 Field Ambulance Unit,

Military Police[edit | edit source]

18 Provost Company,

Recce[edit | edit source]

8 Combat Reconnaissance Brigade, 81 Armoured Car Regiment, 82 Armoured Car Regiment, 83 Armoured Car Regiment,

Disbanding[edit | edit source]

8 SA 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. The concept was never put to a serious test. The formation was also renamed 8 SA Division. The Division was effectively disbanded on April 1, 1997, when its former units became part of 7 South African Division as 74 Brigade.

References[edit | edit source]

  • Cock, J. Laurie, N. War and Society: The Militarisation of South Africa, published by David Phillip, 1989 ISBN 978-0864861153

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