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82 Mechanised Brigade (South Africa)

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Active  1974–1992
Allegiance  South Africa
Type  Mechanised Brigade
Country  South Africa
Branch  South African Army
82 Mechanised Brigade (South Africa)
Part of  South African Composite Brigade

82 Mechanised Brigade was a Formation of 8th South African Armoured Division, a combined arms force consisting of infantry, armour and artillery.



82 Mech was established on the 1st of August 1974 as part of 8th South African Armoured Division, an armoured formation. By 1977, the Brigade comprised:

  • Two Mechanised Infantry Battalions: Regiment de la Rey and Regiment Groot Karoo
  • A Tank Regiment: Regiment President Steyn
  • A Armoured Car Regiment: Regiment Mooirivier
  • A Field Artillery Regiment: Regiment Potchefstroom University
  • A Field Engineer Squadron: 13 Field Engineer
  • A Signals Units: 82 Signals
  • A Maintenance Unit: 3 Maintenance Unit
  • A Field Workshop: 71 Field Workshop and
  • A Field Ambulance:
  • Divisional Transfer

    In 1985, 82 Mechanised Brigade was transferred to 7 Division.


    As part of 7 Division, 82 Mech was primarily involved in:

  • Operation Packer
  • During Operation Packer which succeeded Operation Hooper in March 1988, 82 Mechanised Brigade protected the eastern bank of the Cuito River. During this operation the FAPLA forces suffered losses and the situation on the eastern bank stabilised to such an extent that Operation Displace could start. During this phase the South African forces withdrew from Angola.


    8th South African Armoured Division’s Brigades were disbanded in 1992 and the battalions and regiments came to answer directly to the divisional headquarters - the thinking was that these would be grouped into task forces as required.

    Roll of Honour

  • Fincham, D.R. 1982
  • Coleby, D.N. Sgt 1983
  • Honoris Crux Recipients

  • Lewis, M.J. WO, 12 Sept 1990
  • Du Plessis, R. S Sgt, 12 Sept 1990
  • Leadership

  • Colonel Tobias Johannes Van Schalkwyk (1983)
  • Colonel Paul Fouche (1988)
  • Further developments

    82 Mech Brigade can be considered the Citizens Force version of 61 Mech, encompassing similar battlegroup or Task Force principles.


    82 Mechanised Brigade (South Africa) Wikipedia

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