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  1. Hey everyone, I'm looking for some photos of the South African Irish Regiment during the second world war, because quite frankly, I find them to be quite scarce on the internet. If anybody has any, don't hesitate to share them!
  2. Salutations everyone, I found this picture of a Natal Scottish badge today, and it just so happened to have a tartan backing. Unfortunately, I myself wasn't able to identify what tartan it is. If anybody knows what tartan this is, please let me know.
  3. Hello everyone, Recently, I downloaded a PDF file of the South African Artillery history. In it, I read something along the lines that other ranks used a universal artillery cap badge, and that officers used a bronze metal version of their regimental badge. I also read that the artillery used a universal pith helmet flash during the second world war. Just for confirmation, is this true?
  4. Hello all, Recently, I have come across a badge of the 'Natal Scottish'. Apparently this was some sort of infantry regiment of the South African Union Defence Force during the second world war, more specifically 1940-1945(?). I'm looking for some more information about this specific unit, although I have my doubts that there's any available information about it. If someone does have information about it and decides to share it, I would be thankful!
  5. Greetings all, I've been trying to do some research on South African military camps during the second world war for a while now, but I sadly can't find any good sources/pictures. Would any of you here have any idea where I can find good pictures of Camp Cullinan, or any other camp for that matter?
  6. Greetings all, This is probably not the right place to ask, but I'll do it anyway. Does anybody know the official name of the Transvaal Horse Artillery during the second world war? I read somewhere that it was called "3 Field Regiment (V) South African Artillery (T.H.A.)", but I'm not quite sure on whether that's true or not. I also don't know what the "(V)" stands for, but I'm assuming it means volunteers. Any and all help would be appreciated!
  7. Greetings everybody, Recently, I've stumbled across something called the 1 SWA (Southwest Africa) Infantry Battalion. This was a unit of the South African Union Defence Force during the second world war. Does anybody have any information on this unit?
  8. Greetings everyone, I was looking for somebody that potentially has some information and/or photos about the Thaba Tshwane military complex during the second world war. Many thanks in advance to all those who share their knowledge.
  9. Greetings everyone, I was wondering on which uniform(s) the South African cloth/metal shoulder titles would be worn. If anybody here knows, do let me know.
  10. Hello all, Recently, I've started writing about the South African Police Brigade (6th South African Infantry Brigade) during world war two. I have some questions regarding equipment and uniform. Did the South African Police have the standard uniform like all UDF troops? And what kind of pith helmet did they have, did they have any pith flash or badge on it? I've only seen one picture of a South African policeman, and from what I can see, it's just a plain pith. It looks like the Canadian hawley pith, actually. If any of you have any information regarding this topic, please share your knowledge with me.
  11. Hello everyone, Recently, I was wondering what the white officers in the Native Military Corps and Non-European Army Services as a whole would've worn. Primarily their uniform and hat, and any badges or insignias they would've had on it. If any of you have some knowledge on this topic, please let me know.
  12. Hello everyone, Recently, I've come across this rare shoulder title of the South African Native Military Corps. My question is, what uniform did they put the shoulder title on? Khaki drill uniform or P37 battledress?
  13. Hello everyone, I am looking for photos of the South African Indian and Malay Corps during the second world war. It's very hard for me personally to find anything online, besides the few standard photos. What I'm looking for primarily is what the Indian and Malay Corps would've had on their slouch hat. Many thanks if any of you do give me some information or photos.
  14. Hi everyone I am looking for any helpful information on 2nd Batt Kimberley Regiment that served in the German South West Africa theatre in 1914/15. I acquired a 1914-1915 Star to a PTE CWC Campbell, service number 147 and would love any help in finding records of his and a unit history. Thank you in advance and it's great to find this forum! Regards
  15. I collect (mainly) MILITARY MEDALS - specialising in trying to assemble a collection of every issued Clasp of the India General Service Medal Series (1854; 1895; 1908; 1936) and one of every Clasp issued of the Army General Service Medal (1918 and 1962). So far I have just 39 of these Clasps - so a long (and expensive) way to go....... I have been a serious Collector of Military Medals since 1980. But being a medal collector in general, and a South African - it is only natural that I should have a fair selection of South African medals and groups, too. I obviously have some South African WWI trios and pairs. Similarly, I have a good representative sample of South African WWII Groups. NOTE WELL: In the discussion which follows, we will IGNORE any medal groups which contain Gallantry, Long Service and similar medals in the groups. So, in WWI the VAST MAJORITY of South African soldiers were awarded either the WWI Trio, or, at least a WWI Pair. And, in WWII MOST South Africans earned, probably, FOUR, FIVE or SIX medals - this would depend on HOW LONG you served "up north" and whether you went to Italy or not. SO, the most common South African WWII Groups are: FOUR: 1939-45 Star; Africa Star; 1939-45 War Medal; Africa Service Medal FOUR: 1939-45 Star; Italy Star; 1939-45 War Medal; Africa Service Medal FIVE: 1939-45 Star; Africa Star; Italy Star; 1939-45 War Medal; Africa Service Medal, and, SIX: 1939-45 Star; Africa Star; Italy Star; 1939-45 Defence Medal; 1939-45 War Medal; Africa Service Medal And I KNOW that there are variations of these - where just two or three medals were awarded, but in my experience, THESE are the four MOST common groups to South Africans. Also when one considers that South Africans earned over 60,500 Italy Stars, and more than 105,000 Africa Stars then the 7,200 or so OTHER STARS (excluding of course the 1939-1945 Star) awarded to South Africans do not merit discussion here. And I am also excluding things like the "8th Army" and the North Africa 1942-43" Clasps, as well. And, we are also not including in this discussion the possibility of Anglo-Boer War / Zulu Rebellion / and Korean War medals as well. Such groups are VERY scarce......... Now, if you will agree with me, based on the criteria I have defined above, then it IS, and WAS most certainly POSSBLE for a South African soldier, under the "RIGHT" conditions, and IF he served in BOTH WARS, to earn what I call a "FULL HOUSE" - THAT IS the WWI "TRIO" and all SIX of the WWII MEDALS. But in reality, how easy was this? To qualify for what I call the South African "FULL HOUSE" for the two World Wars, would mean a group of NINE medals - excluding gallantry, long service, coronation / jubilee medals, etc. So I checked my collection. I have South African WWI pairs and trios. Some WWI groups which include a couple (or more) WWII medals, but until a recent auction acquisition by me, NO S.A. GROUPS which give us the NINE MEDAL "FULL HOUSE" - the best I had were some five, six, seven and even eight medal groups. BUT NOW, AT LAST, a NINE MEDAL "FULL HOUSE" Group in my collection. So as a result, please show us (with names / details) YOUR "Full House" WWI / WWII groups in your collection - excluding, as I say, gallantry, long service, etc etc. This would be an interesting exercise. And I would say that - when compared to your full collection - the number of "full house" groups is probably quite small................... ??? I have ILLUSTRATED a few groups from my own collection ("The David Bennett Collection") including the new "FULL HOUSE" group - merely to show some representative examples of what I am talking about. Thank you for reading this. All the best, David Bennett Durban North ============================================== There are three groups illustrated below, without details: The first (with a North Africa 1942-43 Clasp) is to Sgt H.J. Whitebooi, 24 Bomber Sqdn, S.A.A.F. The next group (of five medals) is to F/Sgt E.F. Williamson, S.A.A.F. and, The third group (with the 8th Army Clasp) is to Gnr. H.F.P. Combrink, S.A. Artillery. (I have yet to "lable" these 3 groups.) By the way, the group to COMBRINK is interesting, because his parents named him after the THREE LEADING WWI ALLIED MILITARY LEADERS: So his name is HAIG FOCH PERSHING Combrink ............ not something you see everyday !!!!!!!
  16. Collecting Police Truncheons / batons is not a specialist collecting area for me. However, recently, whilst I was on a visit to a Cape Town boot sale market, I saw (and bought) the S.A. Police truncheon shown below. Although I cannot say for certain, some people I have consulted think that the widespread USE of this MODEL of Truncheon / baton by the S.A.P. ended "around 1985 - 1986" (but I think that those are, at best, just guesses.) Is there a MEMBER of this GROUP, who can please tell me, with some authority: (A) The PERIOD during which this Truncheon was IN USE by the South African Police. (and I mean THIS specific model) That is, the DATE that use of this MODEL STARTED, and the DATE when use of this model ceased and it was withdrawn from use. (B) Does this MODEL have a specific NAME / TYPE / MODEL Number ??? ..................... and, (C) What are the TECHNICAL DIFFERENCES / DEFINITIONS between: (i) A Truncheon, and (ii) A Baton. Thank you very much, David Bennett, Durban North ==============================
  17. Can someone please help me identify the history of my two zulu spears please!!!!email is deanespach@yahoo.com
  18. j Thought I would share just the small amount of South African Police memorabilia I have in my collection. Not sure what the Transvaal helmet plate is made of. The badge has a light golden sheen to it. I thought it might be brass but it is too light so I think it must be an alloy of some type. As can be seen, the detail has remained beautifully intact.
  19. Hi Can anyone help me with information regarding this organisation? The Burgher Unie of the Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek. Apparently there were 300 members who all received a 9ct gold medallion with membership number stamped on the back, and only 12 female members? Genl Jan Smuts was also a member and his membership number was No 218. There is a full members list, but none of the museums could help... Any info would be appreciated. Thanks
  20. Until 2003, most aircrew brevets were available in a bilingual format. It seems as though only English abbreviations have been used since 2003. Two musterings with only a single abbreviation are EO and ET but I wonder if these, like Load Master / Laai Meester are the same in English & Afrikaans. Using a dictionary, which can be a very dangerous thing, I can get to: Elektronika Operateur for the EO Electronics Operator or Electronics Warfare Operator (Elektronika Oorlogvoering Operateur). ET (Electronics Transmitter) first appeared in the 1993-2003 series of brevets but would seem to translate into Afrikaans as ‘Elektronika Sender’. Is there an alternative translation which would fit ET in both languages? The EO has been replaced by EW (Electronics Warfare Operator) in the English-only series post-2003. FA (Flight Attendant) also appears as a new English-only brevet post-2003 (possibly translated as Vlug Hangende). I would be grateful if an Afrikaans speaker could point out any errors in my crude guesses and supply the official SAAF Afrikaans titles for these musterings.
  21. Just wanted to draw your attention to these booklets for sale for one more day on Cata Wiki..... (they are not mine!;-) ) http://veiling.catawiki.be/kavels/1228675-geschiedenis-boon-s-ge-llustreerd-magazine-8-losse-delen-met-foto-s-en-tekeningen-1899-1900
  22. I originally discovered this forum while researching my Grandfathers German medals (GSWA), and have returned hoping to find some guidance in my search for information on another relative who served in WW1 in the South African armed forces. My Grandmother's uncle Joseph Styles was an elderly gentleman when I knew him as a small child, so my information is limited to that gleaned as a child only. There was a group of medals (mounted on a bar) consisting of between 6 and 9 medals sitting in my Grandmothers sideboard, these were referred to as "Joey's medals" and remained behind the locked glass door always. My parents emigrated to Australia when I was 16 in 1982 ( a number of years after Uncle Joey had passed away 1973 - 1974) and the medals were still in that sideboard. However, following my Grandmothers passing, and sometime during the next few years those medals were discarded or lost. My parents generation being pacifists had no respect or understanding of what those medals mean, and when I queried their whereabouts were unable to even remember them being there. Basically they threw them in the trash when cleaning out the house. The address of the family home, which Joey lived in prior to enlistment (the family bought it in 1910) and subsequently until he passed away in the 1970's is: 67 Kitchener Ave Bez Valley Johannesburg I have no information regarding what unit he enlisted in, nor the extent of his service. All I know is the medals existed, and that when he met my Dad, he immediately befriended him upon discovery that they (Joey and my German Grandfather) had been at many of the same GSWA battlefields. What I am hoping to discover is some form of documentation that can tie together his name to his unit, and hopefully some way to identify what those medals on that rack were. Any guidance is appreciated.
  23. http://gmic.co.uk/uploads/monthly_12_2014/post-6209-0-13954400-1418304517.jpgclick A few weeks back we had a very sad event. Local SAP (South African Police) were chasing a group of robberery suspects and a Police Dog was released in rough bush to try and flush them out. He never returned. There was a really big search for him - and eventually they found his body - stabbed numerous times. I cannot describe the out pourings of sympathy that this has occasioned - Churches , schools, Rotary, just so many clubs and groups of all description have been raising money for the Dog Unit and for a replacement puppy for the Handler. The last I heard enough had been raised to purchase a number of new dogs for the unit. This picture shows one of the local security guard companies - Blue Security - who I use, presenting a cheque for nearly 34000 Rands (approx. 2000pounds - $3200) to a representitive of the SAP Dog Unit. I think his Rottweiler is one of the biggest I have ever seen. Craig will know better then I do - however, I think at one time the Met. used them, but found them dangerous. I think we only use German Shepherds now. This is not the first time a Police Dog has been injured or killed in Sth. Africa - our criminals are heavily armed and always carry knives. I did offer them Tia - my min. Dachsie - they thought she could be a mascot - big mistake she'd take on anything. Mervyn
  24. Here's a nice British Officer's helmet circ 1880 used in Africa. I'm not sure if these were used in Indian or not. More information from the experts here would be appreciated.
  25. My small collection of patriotic/commemorative ceramics from the Boer war period. Two plates from during the war, and also a jug, from the end of the war.
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