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Regiment University of Pretoria
SADF era Regiment University of Pretoria emblem.png
Regiment University of Pretoria emblem
Active 1960-1974
Country  South Africa
  •  Republic of South Africa
Type Artillery
Size Regiment
Part of South African Army Artillery Corps
Army Conventional Reserve
Garrison/HQ Pretoria
Collar Badge Bursting grenade with seven flames
Beret Colour Oxford Blue
Artillery Battery Emblems SANDF Artillery Battery emblems
Artillery Beret Bar circa 1992 SANDF Artillery Beret Bar

Regiment University of Pretoria was an artillery regiment of the South African Artillery. 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.

Origin[edit | edit source]

In the 1950s in South Africa, military units were attached to each large university. The University of Pretoria acquired an artillery capability. The concept was for long term students to complete their military training in these units. Training would also be organised so as not to unduly interfere with university work.

1 Observation Battery[edit | edit source]

On 1 May 1950 an observation and sound measurement battery affiliated to the existing 1 Observation Battery was established at the University of Pretoria under a Captain L.J. Le Roux. By 1957 this battery was renamed P Battery. When 1 Observation Battery was divided in 1 January 1960, the elements at the university was renamed the Regiment University of Pretoria (SAA).

Association with 17 Field Artillery Regiment[edit | edit source]

On 1 February 1974, the Regiment was renamed 17 Field Artillery Regiment and ended its close association with the University.

Insignia[edit | edit source]

Dress Insignia[edit | edit source]

SADF era Regiment University of Pretoria insignia

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External links[edit | edit source]

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