South African Army Order of Battle 1940

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South African Army
Active3 September 1939 – July 1940
Country South Africa
Defence HeadquartersPretoria, Transvaal

This page details the South African Army order of battle in 1940, before and after the formation of expeditionary forces.

South African Army – 3 September 1939 – July 1940[edit]

Defence Headquarters: Pretoria, Transvaal[2]

Cape Command[edit]

HQ The Castle, Cape Town, Cape Province

Eastern Province Command[edit]

HQ East London, Cape Province

Natal Command[edit]

HQ Durban, Natal

Orange Free State Command[edit]

HQ Bloemfontein, Orange Free State

Robert's Heights and Transvaal Command[edit]

HQ Robert's Heights, Transvaal

Witwatersrand Command[edit]

HQ Johannesburg, Transvaal

The Defence Rifle Associations (Commandos)[edit]

  • The Cape Defence Rifle Association[2]
  • The Transvaal Defence Rifle Association
  • The Natal Defence Rifle Association
  • The Orange Free State Defence Rifle Association

South African Army 1939–40[edit]

Active Citizen Force Infantry Battalions and Brigades 1940[edit]

1st Reserve Brigade – Raised 29 February 1940[edit]

  • 1st Battalion (Transvaal) – Raised 29 February 1940 at Johannesburg[2]
  • 2nd Battalion (The Cape Peninsular Rifles) – Raised 29 February 1940 at Cape Town
  • 3rd Battalion (The Natal Scottish) – Raised 29 February 1940 at Durban
  • 4th Battalion (The Witwatersrand Rifles) – Raised 29 February 1940
  • 5th Battalion (Eastern Province) – Raised 29 February 1940
  • 6th Battalion (Transvaal) – Raised 29 February 1940
  • 7th Battalion (Orange Free State and Kimberly) – Raised 1941
  • 8th Battalion (Transvaal) – Raised 1941
  • 9th Battalion – Raised 1943
  • 10th Battalion – Raised 1943
  • 11th Battalion – Raised 1943
  • 12th Battalion – Raised 1943

1st Mounted Command Division 10 June 1940 – Piet Retief[edit]

  • 1st Field Squadron, SAEC[2]
  • 1st Mounted Brigade[2]
    • 1st Mounted Regiment – Formed at Pretoria
    • 2nd Mounted Regiment – Formed in the Transvaal
    • 3rd Mounted Regiment – Formed in the Transvaal
  • 2nd Mounted Brigade[2]
    • 4th Mounted Regiment – Formed in Orange Free State
    • 5th Mounted Regiment – Formed in Natal
    • 6th Mounted Regiment – Formed at the Castle, Cape Town, Cape Province

The Mobilization of the South African Mobile Field Force – 1940[edit]

See also[edit]

List of British Empire divisions in the Second World War

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "South African Army 1939 – 1940" (PDF). Archived from the original (pdf) on 24 August 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "South African Army 1939 – 1940" (PDF). Archived from the original (pdf) on 24 August 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  1. ^ South African Permanent Force and University of Cape Town Active Citizen Force
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Composite Battery of Cape Garrison Artillery and South African Permanent Garrison Artillery
  3. ^ An Active Citizen Force unit with Permanent Force nucleus
  4. ^ An Active Citizen Force unit with Permanent Force nucleus
  5. ^ South African Permanent Force and University of Cape Town Active Citizen Force
  6. ^ An Active Citizen Force unit with Permanent Force nucleus
  7. ^ An Active Citizen Force unit with Permanent Force nucleus
  8. ^ Less Detachments
  9. ^ Including 1st, 2nd Field Batteries, South African Artillery absorbed. Diluted with Active Citizen Force
  10. ^ Active Citizen Force with Permanent Force nucleus
  11. ^ Replaced by The Umvoti Mounted Rifles
  12. ^ Replaced The Pretoria Highlanders
  13. ^ South of Nylstroom and west of the railway, excluding Vereeniging
  14. ^ Replaced 8th Bde in Nov 1940