Hillcrest Commando

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Hillcrest Commando
SADF Regiment Hillcrest emblem.jpg
Hillcrest Commando / Regiment emblem
Country South Africa
Allegiance
Branch
TypeInfantry
RoleLight Infantry
SizeOne Battalion
Part ofSouth African Infantry Corps
Army Territorial Reserve
Garrison/HQHillcrest, Gauteng
Motto(s)"Vincit Virtus" (English: Excellence prevails)
Commanders
Last OCLt Col Brenton Geach

Hillcrest Commando was a light infantry regiment of the South African Army. It formed part of the South African Army Infantry Formation as well as the South African Territorial Reserve. Hillcrest was a Commando from 1962 to 1983 and was the first English commando in Pretoria. Hillcrest was however a Regiment from 1983 to 2003.

Origin[edit]

Hillcrest's two tailed lion[edit]

Hillcrest was an exclusive English speaking unit, but on the Minister of Defense’s persistence that they should speak both official languages it was decided to ” instead of one tail, our lion will have two tails as the Minister insisted”. This is a play on words as the Afrikaans word for languages is Tale.

Operations[edit]

With the SADF[edit]

Area of Responsibility[edit]

As a commando, Hillcrest deployed as far north as Rhodesia.

Commando to Regiment[edit]

Hillcrest became a Regiment in 1983 whereafter it did border camps in the Far North Command.

Hillcrest was assigned to Group 29 at Ellisras and to the Soutpansberg Military Area near Messina as part of 73 Brigade and as part of Far North Command Pietersburg

In March 1994, the Regiment supplied platoons to assist the SADF in resolving the AWB/Bophuthatswana civil unrest.

In April 1994, the Regiment called up 3 companies for duty in the East Rand and Johannesburg after the 29 March Shell House massacre.

With the SANDF[edit]

The Regiment was part of the first National Defence Force parade held in Pietersburg on 11 November 1994.

Amalgamation into Tshwane Regiment[edit]

In December 2002, Regiment Hillcrest with other structures in the Greater Pretoria area was amalgamated into the new Tshwane Regiment. SANDF History of Tshwane Regiment

Leadership[edit]

  • 1962: Cmdt M. Malone
  • 1984: Cmdt W. Louw
  • Last OC: Lt Col Brenton Geach
  • 1994: RSM Tertius Zitzke

Dress Insignia[edit]

SADF era Hillcrest Regiment Insignia
SADF Regiment Hillcrest commemorative letter

References[edit]

See also[edit]