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Regiment Langenhoven
Regiment Langenhoven emblem
Regiment Langenhoven emblem
Active 1934
Country Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
Allegiance
  • Flag of South Africa (1928–1994).svg Republic of South Africa
Branch
Type Infantry
Role Light Infantry
Size One Battalion
Part of South African Infantry Corps
Army Territorial Reserve
Garrison/HQ Oudtshoorn
Motto(s) “Slaggereed”(Ready)

Regiment Langenhoven was a motorised infantry regiment of the South African Army. It formed part of the South African Army Infantry Formation. As a reserve unit, it had a status roughly equivalent to that of a present-day British Army Reserve or United States Army National Guard unit.

HistoryEdit

OriginEdit

Regiment South Western Districts[1] was formed in 1934 and headquartered in Oudtshoorn. The Regiment was initially tasked as a machine gun battalion. (This is represented in their cap badge which shows two machine guns crossed behind a protea.)

World War TwoEdit

The Regiment was not at full strength at the beginning of the Second World War and subsequently the Regiment was amalgamated with 11th and 12th Armoured Car Companies, forming the 5th Armoured Car Regiment. 5th Armoured Car Regiment then deployed to North Africa arriving at Port Tewfik in Egypt. The Regiment did not play a further role in the fighting directly as its personnel was allocated as reinforcement to depleted units from the fighting at Sid Rezegh. The Regiment did however volunteer for service with the 6th South African Armoured Division in Italy.

Re-mustering and Name ChangesEdit

The Regiment converted to a motorised infantry battalion in October 1956 and underwent a name change to Regiment Langenhoven after Cornelis Jacobus Langenhoven, a South African poet. Between 1960 and 1966 the Regiment was however known as Regiment Outeniqua, this was short lived and by 1966 the Regiment reverted to the name of Regiment Langenhoven.[2]

DisbandmentEdit

The Regiment appears to have been disbanded in 1997.

InsigniaEdit

Dress InsigniaEdit

SADF Regiment Langenhoven insignia ver 2

SADF Regiment Langenhoven insignia ver 2

ReferencesEdit

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