Category Archives: Border War

61 Mech: The Book

When the 61 Mech Veterans Association was founded a few years ago, it was decided that the story of 61 Mechanised Battalion Group needed to be told. Not only to preserve the history for the future, but also to correct … Continue reading

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Rest in Peace Lionel

On 10 July 1981, Bravo Company of 61 Mechanised Battalion Group was rocked to the core by the death of one of its own and the wounding of 15 of its members. If you speak to anybody that served with … Continue reading

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Two comma four

On Sunday afternoon there was a post on Facebook about the dreaded “Two comma Four” that was used as the standard fitness test in the SADF waaaay back when I was a conscript in 1980/81. The cut off time was … Continue reading

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I wear a Poppy To Remember….

I wear a Poppy To Remember…. my Father: a signalman; who was captured in North Africa during World War 2 my Grandfather, a rifleman, who was wounded in Delville Wood my Uncle: an air mechanic, who died in Egypt during … Continue reading

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Reflections on Remembrance Day.

Remembrance Day has come and gone. At this time in 1914 (roughly 21H00) the soldiers were probably still dazed as they contemplated the silence around them, and the fact that they had survived. Many however would still suffer the consequences … Continue reading

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