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Fact file: 8 SA Division

8 SA Division was established as an armoured formation on August 1, 1974, consisting of 81 Armoured Brigade, 82 Mechanised Brigade and 84 Motorised Brigade. It was, in many respects, a mirror of 7 SA Division. A provisional 1977 order of battle had 8 SA Infantry Division organised as follows:









Divisional Troops

Artillery

  • 18 Locating Regiment, SAA

 

Light Antiaircraft

  • 18 Antiaircraft Regiment (35mm), SAA

  • 28 Antiaircraft Regiment (20mm), SAA

 

Medium Artillery

  • 18 Medium Regiment, SAA

 

Engineers

  • 18 Field Squadron, SAEC

  • 18 Engineer Support Regiment, SAEC

     

Armour

  • 18 Tank Regiment, SAAC

  • 18 Forward Delivery Squadron, SAAC

     

Signals

  • 18 Signals Group

 

Maintenance

  • 18 Maintenance Unit

  • 18 Field Workshop, TSC

     

Medical

  • 18 Mobile Hospital

  • 18 Field Ambulance Unit

 

Military Police

  • 18 Provost Company, SACMP

 

Recce

  • 8 Combat Reconnaissance Brigade

  • 81 Armoured Car Regiment, SAAC

  • 82 Armoured Car Regiment, SAAC

  • 83 Armoured Car Regiment, SAAC

     

Brigades

 

81 Armoured Brigade

  • 811 Tank Regiment, SAAC

  • 812 Tank Regiment, SAAC

  • 813 Mechanised Battalion, SAIC

  • 81 Medium Regiment (SP), SAA

  • 81 Field Squadron, SAEC

  • 81 Signals Unit

  • 81 Maintenance Unit

  • 81 Field Workshop, TSC

  • 81 Field Ambulance

 

82 Mechanised Brigade

  • 821 Mechanised Battalion, SAIC

  • 822 Mechanised Battalion, SAIC

  • 823 Tank Regiment, SAAC

  • 82 Field Regiment, SAA

  • 82 Field Squadron, SAEC

  • 82 Signals Unit

  • 82 Maintenance Unit

  • 82 Field Workshop, TSC

  • 82 Field Ambulance

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83 Mechanised Brigade

  • 831 Mechanised Battalion, SAIC

  • 832 Mechanised Battalion, SAIC

  • 833 Tank Regiment, SAAC

  • 83 Field Regiment, SAA

  • 83 Field Squadron, SAEC

  • 83 Signals Unit

  • 83 Maintenance Unit

  • 83 Field Workshop, TSC

  • 83 Field Ambulance

     

84 Motorised Brigade

  • 841 Motorised Battalion, SAIC

  • 84 Field Regiment, SAA

  • 842 Motorised Battalion, SAIC

  • 843 Motorised Battalion, SAIC

  • 84 Field Squadron, SAEC

  • 84 Signals Unit

  • 84 Maintenance Unit

  • 84 Field Workshop, TSC

  • 84 Field Ambulance

     

By 1985, 8 SA Division consisted of 81 Armoured Brigade, 84 Motorised Brigade and 72 Motorised Brigade. 82 Mechanised Brigade was under command of 7 SA Division. The division’s brigades were disbanded in 1992 and the battalions and regiments came to answer directly to the divisional headquarters1 - the thinking was that these would be grouped into task forces as required. The concept was never put to a serious test. The formation was also renamed 8 SA Division. The division was effectively disbanded on April 1, 1997, when its former units became part of 7 SA Division as 74 Brigade.

1 Lt Niko Allie, 7 South African Division … closes its doors, Salut, May 1999, p30.



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