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|Active||1 July 1913 -|
|Branch||South African Army|
("Second to None")
|Equipment||Eland Mk7 (retired)
|Commanding Officer||Lt Col Cliff van der Westhuizen|
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.
The regiment was formed in Pretoria on 1 July 1913 as the 12th Infantry (Pretoria Regiment) - a unit of the Active Citizen 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). The Regiment became fully bilingual with the addition of a 2nd Battalion staffed predominantly by Afrikaners.
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-organised as a part-time force, consisting of two separate regiment-sized formations. These were re-integrated in 1954.
After the establishment of the Republic of South Africa in 1961, the unit was again renamed The Pretoria Regiment by the South African Defence Force. In the 1960s, recruits were trained on Centurion tanks and the new Eland armoured cars.
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 of the what is regarded as the SANDF's most professional and hardiest female soldiers.
|Name||Type||Country of Origin||In Service||Notes|
|Ford CMP||Utility truck||Canada||Retired|
|Bedford MK||Utility truck||United Kingdom||Retired|
|SAMIL||Utility truck||South Africa||Yes||SAMIL 20, 50, and 100 variants.|
|Morris C8||Artillery tractor||United Kingdom||Ceremonial|
|Eland||Armoured Car||South Africa||Retired|
|Ferret||Scout Car||United Kingdom||Ceremonial||Mk 2.|
|Marmon-Herrington||Armoured Car||South Africa||Retired||Mk IV.|
|Ratel||Infantry Fighting Vehicle||South Africa||Yes|
|Sherman Firefly||Medium Tank||United Kingdom||Retired|
|Centurion||Main Battle Tank||United Kingdom||Retired|
|Skokiaan||Main Battle Tank||United Kingdom/ South Africa||Retired|
|Semel||Main Battle Tank||United Kingdom/ South Africa||Retired|
|Olifant||Main Battle Tank||United Kingdom/ South Africa||Yes||Mk 1A.|
Insignia and Honours
- Badges: An impala on a mountain representing the Magaliesberg range to north of Pretoria, with in the foreground some succulents. Beneath the impala and the mountain is a ribbon bearing the regiment's motto, Nulli Secundus ("Second to None"). This motto was granted to the regiment by the then Prime Minister Louis Botha after the 1914 - 1915 campaign.
- The regiment has been allied with The Royal Welsh Fusiliers since 1995 (as it was previously from 1927 to 1961).
|World War I||South-West Africa Campaign||1914 - 1915|
|World War II||Battle of Madagascar||1942|
|World War II||Bagnoregio||1944|
|World War II||Sarteano (Trasimene Line)||1944|
|World War II||La Foce||1944|
|World War II||Florence||1944|
|World War II||Gothic Line||1944|
|World War II||Caterelto Ridge||1944|
|World War II||Po Valley (Spring offensive)||1945|
|South African Border War||Battle of Cuito Cuanavale||1988|