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South African Infantry Corps
File:SA Infantry Formation badge.jpg
Infantry Formation badge
Country  South Africa
Branch South African Army
Type Infantry
Motto(s) Gladium Practamus (Wielders of the Sword)
Colors Green and black
Collar Badge Springbok head
Beret Colour Green (motorised, mechanised and light infantry)
Maroon (parachute infantry)

The South African Infantry Corps is the largest combat corps within the South African Army. The unit originated as the Infantry Branch of the Union Defence Forces in 1913.

In 1915, the defence forces established the South African Overseas Expeditionary Force for war service outside southern Africa. It included the South African Infantry, comprising twelve battalions, and the Cape Corps, comprising two battalions of Coloured volunteers. These units were disbanded in 1919.

The Infantry Branch was enlarged in 1934, and the mounted rifles regiments were converted to infantry in 1935. In 1943, the Infantry Branch was incorporated into the new South African Armoured Corps, which was divided into armour and infantry branches after World War II. In 1954, the SAAC's infantry branch, and the personnel of the South African Instructional Corps, were formed into the South African Infantry Corps.[1]

In 2000 the Corps became known as the Army Infantry Formation.[2]

Units[edit | edit source]

The infantry corps contains a total of 15 regular battalions in a variety of different roles:[3]

The infantry corps contains a total of 26 reserve battalions in the following roles:

  • Mechanised Infantry - 6 battalions
  • Motorised Infantry - 14 battalions
  • Light Infantry - 3 battalions
  • Parachute Infantry - 1 battalion
  • Air Landed Infantry - 2 battalion

Parachute Infantry[edit | edit source]

44 Parachute Regiment (Bloemfontein) – a brigade sized regiment consisting of the following units:
Regular Force

Reserve Force

Air Assault[edit | edit source]

Regular Force

Reserve Force

Seaborne[edit | edit source]

Regular Force

Light Infantry[edit | edit source]

Regular Force

Reserve Force

Mechanised Infantry[edit | edit source]

Regular Force

Reserve Force

Motorised Infantry[edit | edit source]

Regular Force

Reserve Force

Basic training[edit | edit source]

All basic infantry training is done at:

It is a Regular Force unit.

Alliances[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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