2 ANTI-TANK REGIMENT, SAA - TANK AND ANTI-TANK IN THE WESTERN DESERT, 1940-1942, (PART III)

  • Richard Cornwell SADF
Keywords: September 1939, Union Defence Force, UDF, South Africa's Field Army Artillery, 17 April 1940, 25 Field Battery SAA, Auchinleck, Panzergruppe Afrika, Rommel, ''CRUSADER", 'The Matruh Stakes'

Abstract

Recruitment and TrainingThe outbreak of war in September 1939 caught the UDF in a state of unpreparedness and it was not until March 1940 that the decision was taken to expand South Africa's Field Army Artillery to a proper war strength. The plan was to retain one battery of each type of gun at Potchefstroom and to send the remaining equipment to various centres where new ACF units could be established. Three batteries would be formed and trained on each type of equipment and would consist of 100 full-time volunteers per brigade, acting as a core, while the remainder of the personnel would be part-time volunteers.
Published
2012-02-28
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