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Regiment Vrystaat
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Regiment Vrystaat emblem
Country Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
  • Flag of South Africa (1928–1994).svg Republic of South Africa
  • Flag of South Africa.svg Republic of South Africa
Service history
Part of South African Armoured Corps
Army Conventional Reserve
Motto Libertas Virtus Fidelitas (Freedom; Power; Fealty)
Commanders Commandant J.J. van der MerweJudge M.T. Steyn
Command Sergeant Major honourary Colonel (1982)honourary Colonel (1982)

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.



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 WarEdit

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]


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


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

Regimental symbolsEdit

Dress InsigniaEdit


Unit coloursEdit

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 honoursEdit

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


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