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Vanderbijlpark Commando / Regiment
Regiment Vanderbijlpark emblem.png
Vanderbijlpark Commando and Regiment
Country Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
Allegiance
  • Flag of South Africa (1928–1994).svg Republic of South Africa
  • Flag of South Africa.svg Republic of South Africa
Branch
Type Infantry
Role Light Infantry (Counter insurgency)
Size One Battalion
Part of South African Infantry Corps
Army Territorial Reserve
Garrison/HQ Vanderbijlpark
Motto(s) Arma pacis fulcra (Arms are the supporters of peace)

Vanderbijlpark Regiment was a light infantry regiment of the South African Army. It formed part of the South African Army Infantry Formation as well as the South African Territorial Reserve.

HistoryEdit

OriginEdit

This unit was originally known as the Vanderbijlpark Commando which itself had originated as a shooting commando in 1953 when it divided from the Vereeniging Commando. The Vanderbijlpark Commando was formally militarised in 1961 when all members received their Force Numbers and placed in companies. From 1961 to 1969 the unit was responsible for the security of Vanderbijlpark and ISCOR, the Iron and Steel Corporation of South Africa facilities.

The daughter commandoEdit

The ISCOR Commando itself was formed in 1969 and the town was no longer its responsibility. The Vanderbijlpark Commando was now responsible for all other factories and installations in the larger district.

The Border WarEdit

The unit conducted its first border duty during 1976.

The unit received a new headquarters on the 9th September 1978.

The unit received Freedom of Entry to Vanderbijlpark in 20 February 1982 and exercised its right.

From Commando to RegimentEdit

The development of more industries in the area increased the responsibility on the Vanderbijlpark Commando as workers of these industries with Citizen Force Camp requirements were also transferred to the Vanderbijlpark Commando. The unit was officially reclassified a regiment on the 31st of January 1986, although a parade on the 3rd of January 1986 through the streets of Vanderbijlpark allowed the public to interact with the new Regiment.

The counter-insurgency battalionEdit

In 1986 a decision was made that the Regiment would also be utilised as a counter insurgency battalion and meant that it could be utilised in the black townships for riot control as well.[1]

CommandEdit

The unit was initially under the command of Group 17 but was transferred to Group 42 in 1991, so that several units could be merged and be used in the greater Witwatersrand.

SADF Regiment Sasolburg higher commands

SADF Regiment Vanderbijlpark higher commands

LeadershipEdit

Leadership
From Honourary Colonels To
From Commanding Officers To
From Regimental Sergeants Major To

InsigniaEdit

Dress InsigniaEdit

SADF Regiment Vanderbijlpark insignia

SADF Regiment Vanderbijlpark insignia

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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