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Regiment University of Cape Town
Regiment University of Cape Town emblem
SADF Regiment University of Cape Town emblem
Active 1958 to 1968
Country  South Africa
  •  Republic of South Africa
Type Reserve Anti-Aircraft
Part of South African Army Artillery Formation
Army Conventional Reserve
Garrison/HQ Wingfield
Artillery Battery Emblems SANDF Artillery Battery emblems
Artillery Beret Bar circa 1992 SANDF Artillery Beret Bar

Regiment University of Cape Town was an artillery regiment of the South African Army. As a reserve unit, it has a status roughly equivalent to that of a British Army Reserve or United States Army National Guard unit. It was part of the South African Army Artillery Corps.

History[edit | edit source]

By the 1950s, South Africa dedicated military units to each large university. The University of Cape Town was issued an anti-aircraft regiment transferred from the SA Marine Corps and composed of 51, 52 and 54 battery known up then as 4 Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment.[1]

The idea was for students to honour their military training in such units. Training would also be organised so as not to disproportionately affect university work.

The Regiment’s first deployment was during a State of Emergency in March and April 1960 where it was utilised as infantry outside townships around the Cape Peninsula.

Early in the 1960s,the Regiment moved from Youngsfield to its new headquarters at Wingfield.

Training[edit | edit source]

Until 1967, annual training lasting three weeks was held at Eerste River while seaward gunnery practices were held at Strandfontein.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

The Regiment used the standard 3.7 inch gun was replaced by a 35mm anti-aircraft gun requiring a conversion camp was held in December 1969. A second conversion camp was held at Wingfield from 5–25 October 1973.

Regimental Command[edit | edit source]

  • Commandant C.D. Stark 1960
  • Commandant D.C. Robertson, JCD 1962
  • Commandant J.K. van der Merwe 1967
  • Commandant F.T. Croswell 1970
  • Commandant W. Bannatyne, JCD 1973
  • Honorary Colonel: Maj the Hon P.V.G. van der Byl

Notable Members[edit | edit source]

Prof Maj. Christiaan Barnard was at one stage, the Regiments’ medical officer.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Scientia Militaria, South African Journal of Military Studies, Vol 10. Nr 1 1980

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