The division1 was formed on October 23, 1940 with its divisional HQ at Roberts’ Heights (now Thaba Tshwane), Pretoria. Most of the division – two brigades, as well as most of its divisional troops - were captured at Tobruk on June 21, 1942.
The divisional commanders were:
From 23 October 1940: Major General IP de Villiers
From 26 July 1941: Brigadier FH Theron (acting)
From 5 September 1941: Major General IP de Villiers
From 14 May 1942: Major General HB Klopper
Field Park Companies
3 SA Infantry Brigade 05-Nov-40 20-Apr-42
4 SA Infantry Brigade 05-Nov-40 21-Jun-42
6 SA Infantry Brigade 05-Nov-40 21-Jun-42
Higher formations served under
Battles, actions and engagements
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