Tag Archives: Infantry

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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30 years ago.

30 years ago, on the 16th of December 1918, I left South West Africa and the Border and headed back to 1SAI in Bloemfontein. We were due to kla out on the 18th and we had over 200 troops in … Continue reading

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61 Mech AGM

I attended the 61 Mech Veterans Association AGM on Saturday 20th of August. Once again it was a mixture of memories, faces, places and things from 30 years ago. Interestingly enough, our old Bravo coy was well represented, with the … Continue reading

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