|Western Province Command|
|Garrison/HQ||Cape Town, South Africa|
|General Magnus Malan|
History[edit | edit source]
Originally it was a numbered military district, and then in the 1930s became Cape Command. In 1939, the army at home in South Africa was divided between a number of regional commands. Cape Command, (with its headquarters at the Castle of Good Hope, Capetown, included 3rd Infantry Brigade, 8th Infantry Brigade the Coast Artillery Brigade (a coastal artillery regiment), and a battery of the 1st Anti-Aircraft Regiment.
Western Province Command itself appears to have formed in 1959. General Magnus Malan, later Chief of the SADF, took command in 1977.
From 1 August 1974, units transferred from Western Province Command to the new 71 Motorised Brigade included the Cape Field Artillery, the Cape Town Highlanders, Regiment Westelike Provinsie, Regiment Boland, Regiment Oranjerivier, a South African Engineer Corps field squadron, 74 Signal Squadron SACS, 4 Maintenance Unit, 30 Field Workshop SAOSC, and 3 Field Ambulance.:16 12 Supply and Transport Company, originally established on 22 August 1961, became 4 Maintenance Unit on 1 September 1971.
By the early 1980s Western Province Command included the Cape Garrison Artillery, 101 Signal Squadron, 6 Base Ordnance Depot, Command Workshops (all at Cape Town) the South African Cape Corps Battalion (Eerste River, Western Cape), 2 Military Hospital, 3 Field Ambulance, and three Commandos (all at Wynberg) and 10 Anti-Aircraft Regiment SAA and 4 Electronics Workshops (both at Youngsfield Military Base at Ottery, Cape Town).
It was disbanded c. 1999 after the South African Defence Review 1998.
Commanders[edit | edit source]
- December 1933 – 31 January 1937 – Lt Gen George Brink CB CBE DSO
- 1977–n.d. – General Magnus Malan SSA SD SM
References[edit | edit source]
- Ryan, David A.. "Union Defence Forces 6 September 1939". http://www.ordersofbattle.darkscape.net/site/ww2/drleo/017_britain/39_south-africa/_sa_.html. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
- Crook, Lionel, Col (Rtd) (1994). Greenbank, Michele. ed. 71 Motorised Brigade: a history of the headquarters 71 Motorised Brigade and of the citizen force units under its command. Brackenfell, South Africa: L. Crook in conjunction with the South African Legion. ISBN 9780620165242. OCLC 35814757.
- Ploeger, Jan (1989). "SUID-AFRIKAANSE STAATS- en STAATSONDERSTEUNDE MILITÊRE GESKIEDSKRYWING (1924-1987)" (in Afrikaans). p. 27. http://scientiamilitaria.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/374.
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