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Regiment Vrystaat
Regiment Vrystaat emblem
Regiment Vrystaat emblem
Country  South Africa
  •  Republic of South Africa
  •  Republic of South Africa
Type Armoured Regiment
Part of South African Armoured Corps
Army Conventional Reserve
Garrison/HQ Bloemfontein
Motto(s) Libertas Virtus Fidelitas (Freedom; Power; Fealty)
Equipment Eland 90 armoured car
Battle honours
  • East Africa 1940 - 1941
  • Western Desert 1941 - 1943
  • Sidi Rezegh
  • Gazala
  • Alamein Defence
  • El Alamein
OC 1982 Commandant J.J. van der Merwe
honourary Colonel (1982) Judge M.T. Steyn
Beret Colour Black
Armour Squadron emblems SANDF Armour squadron emblems
Armour beret bar circa 1992 SANDF Armour beret bar

Regiment Vrystaat was an armoured regiment of the South African Army. As a reserve unit, it had a status roughly equivalent to that of a British Army Reserve or United States Army National Guard unit. Formed from 2 Regiment President Steyn which had been formed in 1975, when 1 Regiment President Steyn was converted to tanks and 2 Regiment President Steyn formed with armored cars. It was part of the South African Army Armour Formation.

History[edit | edit source]

Origin[edit | edit source]

Originally designated 2 Regiment President Steyn on 1 August 1975, Regiment Vrystaat was only formed the following year by the transfer of excess personnel from Regiment President Steyn.[1] At the same time a decision was taken to redesignate the unit.

Border War[edit | edit source]

Regiment Vrystaat's Eland-90 armoured cars saw service during the South African Border War.

Eland facility marker at Tempe

The regiment conducted its first border operations in 1976. The regiment was at that stage one of very few convensional armoured car regiments in South Africa and acted as backup reserve for South African forces leaving Angola in that period.

Regiment Vrystaat conducted further border duty in 1977 and 1978.[2]

Affiliations[edit | edit source]

Regiment Vrystaat was assigned to 7 Division and then to 9 Division.

Reamalgamation[edit | edit source]

By 2000, the two regiments re-amalgamated and became a single regiment once again.

Regimental symbols[edit | edit source]

Dress Insignia[edit | edit source]


Unit colours[edit | edit source]

Regiment Vrystaat retained the original colours of Regiment President Steyn which is old gold, white and black, but adopted the tree of freedom the Orange Free State as its unit badge.

Battle honours[edit | edit source]

As an offshoot of Regiment President Steyn, Regiment Vrystaat was allowed to carry that units battle honours as well:

  • East Africa 1940 - 1941
  • Western Desert 1941 - 1943
  • Sidi Rezegh
  • Gazala
  • Alamein Defence
  • El Alamein

References[edit | edit source]

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