Pretoria Regiment

Pretoria Regiment

Pretoria Regiment

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The Pretoria Regiment is an armoured regiment of the South African Army. As a reserve unit, it has a status roughly equivalent to that of a British Territorial Army or United States Army National Guard unit. The Regiment is stationed in the city after which it was named, Pretoria. It is part of the South African Army Armour Formation.

History

The regiment was formed in Pretoria on 1 July 1913 as the 12th Infantry (Pretoria Regiment) - a unit of the Active Citizen Force of the Union Defence Force - by the amalgamation of several units: the Pretoria Company of the Transvaal Scottish, the Central South African Railway Volunteers, the Northern Mounted Rifles and the Pretoria detachment of the Transvaal Cycle and Motor Corps. In 1928 it was renamed The Pretoria Regiment.

On 24 October 1930 it was once again renamed, to The Pretoria Regiment (Princess Alice's Own).

During World War II, the Regiment was converted to an armoured formation attached to the 11th South African Armoured Brigade, South African 6th Armoured Division. The unit was demobilized after the war, and in 1946 it was re-organized as a part-time force, consisting of a 1st and a 2nd Battalion. The latter was disbanded in 1954.

After the Union of South Africa became the Republic of South Africa, the unit was renamed The Pretoria Regiment in 1961.

The regiment is commonly known for recruiting the most intelligent and capable soldiers from universities, particularly law and engineering students. Among these would be many...
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