2 South African Infantry Battalion
|2 South African Infantry Battalion|
2 SAI emblem
|Active||1 January 1962 to present|
|Branch||South African Army|
|Part of||South African Infantry Formation|
|Garrison/HQ||Walvis Bay previous Zeerust|
|Motto(s)||In Utrumque Paratus (Prepared for all situations)|
|Engagements||South African Border War|
|Battle honours||Angola 1975|
|Company level insignia|
|SA Motorised Infantry beret bar circa 1992|
- 1 History
- 1.1 Origin: Walvis Bay and South West Africa
- 1.2 Units Colours
- 1.3 Freedom of Walvis Bay
- 1.4 Training the fledgling SWATF
- 1.5 Operations
- 1.6 Disbandment
- 1.7 Reactivation in South Africa
- 1.8 2 SAI today: SANDF Motorised Infantry
- 1.9 Leadership
- 2 Leadership
- 3 Insignia
- 4 References
Origin: Walvis Bay and South West Africa
2 SAI was established on January 1, 1962, at Walvis Bay a enclave of South Africa surrounded by South-West Africa (Namibia). The first officer to command the battalion was Major G.N. Mcloughlin and the first RSM was WO1 J.A.J. Steenkamp. Initially the base consisted of tents, but was later replaced by prefabricated buildings. Basic training took place in the desert and running up Dune 7 became part of that regime.
The unit was awarded its colours by the local municipality in 1969, and adopted the town's motto and flamingo emblem as a consequence.
Freedom of Walvis Bay
On 30th August 1974, the freedom of Walvis Bay was granted to 2 SAI.
While at Walvis Bay, 2 SAI was organised as a battlegroup when on the 1st October 1973, an armoured car subunit, D Squadron, from 1 Special Service Battalion's became a part of 2 SSB and subsequently 2 SAI.
An artillery battery, 43 Field Battery, was also added.
This accounts for the unit insignia including at the top the number "2" in infantry colours, with the St Barbara's lightning flash representing the artillery in the middle and armour's old heraldic colours at the bottom.
These elements and the Transport Park and quartermaster were based at Rooikop, a distance inland because of the rust at the coast.
Training the fledgling SWATF
Since 1981, national servicemen of the SWA Territorial Force were also trained by the battalion.
The unit disbanded at the end of 1989 when Namibia gained independence.
Reactivation in South Africa
Pomfret, South Africa
Zeerust, South Africa
By 1998, the unit was transferred to North West Command and then based in Zeerust.
2 SAI today: SANDF Motorised Infantry
On its reactivation back in South Africa, 2 SAI was transformed into a motorised infantry unit using mostly Samil trucks, Mamba APC's or other un-protected motor vehicles. Samil 20, 50 and 100 trucks transport soldiers, towing guns, and carrying equipment and supplies. Samil trucks are all-wheel drive, in order to have vehicles that function reliably in extremes of weather and terrain. Motorised Infantry have an advantage in mobility allowing them to move to critical sectors of the battlefield faster, allowing better response to enemy movements, as well as the ability to outmaneuver the enemy.
|1962||Maj G.N. McLoughlin||c. 1964|
|1964||Cmdt J.S. Haupt||c. 1964|
|1965||Cmdt A.J. van Deventer||c. 1968|
|1968||Cmdt C.F. Vermeulen||c. 1970|
|1970||Cmdt A. Potgieter||c. 1971|
|1971||Cmdt I.R. Gleeson||c. 1972|
|1972||Cmdt D.S. du Toit||c. 1976|
|1976||Cmdt W.G. Kritzinger||c. 1977|
|1978||Cmdt J.L. Jordaan||c. 1980|
|1980||Cmdt C.E. Le Roux||c. 1980|
|1981||Cmdt F.J. van den Berg||c. 1982|
|1983||Cmdt J. Coetzer||c. 1983|
|1984||Cmdt J.M.R. van der Riet||c. 1986|
|1987||Col T.J. van Schalkwyk||c. nd|
|From||Regimental Sergeants Major||To|
|1962||WO1 J.A.J. Steenkamp||1965|
|1965||WO1 P.J. Badenhorst||1970|
|1970||WO1 P.H. Kieser||1970|
|1970||WO1 J.J. Roberts||1972|
|1972||WO1 J.H. Gagiano||1975|
|1975||WO1 D.A. Vorster||1977|
|1976||WO1 F.H. Smit||1981|
|1981||WO1 S. Mew||1982|
|1983||WO1 P.J. Steyn||1985|
|1986||WO1 W.M. de Jager||nd|