117 Battalion

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117 Battalion
SADF 117 SA Battalion shoulder flash version 2.png
117 Battalion emblem
Active1993-1997
Country South Africa
Branch South African Army
TypeMotorised infantry
Part ofSouth African Army Infantry Corps
Garrison/HQSoekmekaar
Motto(s)Tiro sano
EquipmentBuffel APC, Samil 20
Insignia
Company level insigniaSA Army Company Insignia.png
SA Motorised Infantry beret bar circa 1992
SA Motorised Infantry beret bar

111 Battalion was a motorised infantry unit of the South African Army.

History[edit]

Origin of the black battalions[edit]

By the late 1970s the South African government had abandoned its opposition to arming black soldiers.[1]

By early 1979, the government approved a plan to form a number of regional African battalions, each with a particular ethnic identity, which would serve in their homeland or under regional SADF commands.[2]

Location of the 100 Battalions in relation to their respective homelands

Development of the Lebowa Defence Force[edit]

Two additional Northern Sotho Battalions were established, the 117 and the 118. Troops for 117 SA Battalion were recruited from the self-governing territory of Lebowa.

Higher Command[edit]

117 Battalion resorted under the command of Group 14 from Potgietersrus.[3]

SADF Group 14 emblem

Disbandment[edit]

117 Battalion was converted into a training unit around 1997 and was finally amalgamated into 3 South African Infantry Battalion as part of the new SANDF.

Insignia[edit]

SADF Battalion 117 Battalion insignia

Notes[edit]

Peled, A. A question of Loyalty Military Manpower Policy in Multiethinic States, Cornell University Press, 1998, ISBN 0-8014-3239-1 Chapter 2: South Africa: From Exclusion to Inclusion

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