|Regiment University of Pretoria|
Regiment University of Pretoria emblem
South African Army Artillery Corps|
Army Conventional Reserve
|Collar Badge||Bursting grenade with seven flames|
|Beret Colour||Oxford Blue|
|Artillery Battery Emblems|
|Artillery Beret Bar circa 1992|
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.
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 BatteryEdit
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 RegimentEdit
On 1 February 1974, the Regiment was renamed 17 Field Artillery Regiment and ended its close association with the University.
- Further reading: Wilsworth, Clive. First In, Last Out: The South African Artillery in Action: 1975-1988. 30 Degrees South. ISBN 978-1-920143-40-4. http://www.30degreessouth.co.za/first_in_last_out.htm.
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