The division1 was formed on August 13, 1940 at the South African Military College at Roberts’ Heights (now Thaba Tshwane), Pretoria. The formation demobilised in South Africa in January 1943 as part of a plan to form two armoured divisions.
The divisional commanders were:
From August 13, 1940: Brigadier, then Major General “Uncle” George Brink.
From March 10, 1942: Major General Dan H Pienaar.
From To Remarks
Field Park Companies
(later 3 SA Armd Car Recce Regt)
1 SA Infantry Brigade 13-Aug-40 01-Jan-43
2 SA Infantry Brigade 13-Aug-40 01-Jan-43
3 SA Infantry Brigade 20-Apr-42 01-Jan-43
5 SA Infantry Brigade 13-Aug-40 23-Nov-412
Higher formations served under
Battles, actions and engagements
1 SA Infantry Division, along with 6 SA Armoured Division were reformed in the early post-war years. The formations were subsequently disbanded as there was a general shortage of volunteers for the Active Citizen Force3.
2 The date of its destruction at Sidi Rezegh.
3 Cmdt CJ Nöthling, Ultima Ratio Regum, Artillery History of South Africa, Military Information Bureau, SADF, Pretoria, 1987, p237.
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