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 Post subject: Commando HQ Groups
PostPosted: 08 Sep 2008, 17:51 
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#-o I am looking for what areas Commando Group Head Quarters commanded and which Commando Units belonged to them. A Commando Group HQ commanded 3-8 commando units

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Group 9
Natal Midlands HQ Group was based at Pietermaritzburg in Longmarket Street.

Commando Units were

Pietermaritzburg
Midmar (Howick ?)
Umvoti (Greytown)
East Griqualand (Kokstad)
Umkomaas (Ixopo)
Weenen-Kliprivier (Ladysmith?)

There was another Group ?? HQ based at Durban in Smith Street (the old Smith Street SAPolice Station)

There were about 45 Group HQ's and over 200 Commando Units

Any assistance will be highly appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Commando HQ Groups
PostPosted: 08 Sep 2008, 23:56 
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Not sure if this helps Garth but my uncle lives in Eshowe - there is a building there, Group 26 HQ. I have no idea what sub units were affiliated with it.

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 Post subject: Re: Commando HQ Groups
PostPosted: 09 Sep 2008, 00:31 
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Thanks Ryan, helps alot as that is another down.

This execise is like building a wall, brick by brick. So that is another brick in the wall.

If you have contact with him, could you please ask him what their flash looked like. Can not find it in Owen's book.


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 Post subject: Re: Commando HQ Groups
PostPosted: 09 Sep 2008, 09:04 
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Ypu - have sent my father an email asking him, perhaps he can take pictures :)

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 Post subject: Re: Commando HQ Groups
PostPosted: 09 Sep 2008, 09:34 
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Not sure if this helps, but this is something I compiled about five years ago:

Group 1 HQ - Kelvin GSB Youngsfield SA Army Infantry Formation 10 x Commandos
Group 2 HQ - Oudtshoorn GSB Oudtshoorn SA Army Infantry Formation 8 x Commandos
Group 6 HQ - Port Elizabeth GSB Port Elizabeth SA Army Infantry Formation 15 x Commandos
Group 9 HQ - Pietermarizburg GSB Durban SA Army Infantry Formation 5 x Commandos
Group 10 HQ - Montclair GSB Durban SA Army Infantry Formation 5 x Commandos
Group 12 HQ - Ermelo GSB Nelspruit SA Army Infantry Formation 11 x Commandos
Group 14 HQ - Pietersburg GSB Pietersburg SA Army Infantry Formation 7 x Commandos
Group 15 HQ - Thaba Tshwane GSB Thaba Tshwane SA Army Infantry Formation 6 x Commandos
Group 16 HQ - Marievale GSB Johannesburg SA Army Infantry Formation 8 x Commandos
Group 18 HQ - Doornkop GSB Johannesburg SA Army Infantry Formation 11 x Commandos
Group 20 HQ - Mnabatho GSB Potchefstroom SA Army Infantry Formation 9 x Commandos
Group 22 HQ - Diskobolos GSB Kimberley SA Army Infantry Formation 10 x Commandos
Group 23 HQ - Upington GSB Lohathla SA Army Infantry Formation 7 x Commandos
Group 24 HQ - Kroonstad GSB Kroonstad SA Army Infantry Formation 17 x Commandos
Group 27 HQ - Eshowe GSB Ladysmith SA Army Infantry Formation 5 x Commandos
Group 30 HQ - Potchefstroom GSB Potchefstroom SA Army Infantry Formation 12 x Commandos
Group 33 HQ - Nelspruit GSB Nelspruit SA Army Infantry Formation 8 x Commandos
Group 36 HQ - Tempe GSB Bloemfontein SA Army Infantry Formation 16 x Commandos
Group 46 HQ - Umtata GSB Port Elizabeth SA Army Infantry Formation 7 x Commandos


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 Post subject: Re: Commando HQ Groups
PostPosted: 09 Sep 2008, 10:44 
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Group 2 HQ was originally at Worcester in the Western Cape under the command of the SADF legend, Col. Willem Welgemoed, prior to moving to Oudtshoorn


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 Post subject: Re: Commando HQ Groups
PostPosted: 09 Sep 2008, 12:02 
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Thanks chaps, some more bricks laid in the wall. :smt023


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 Post subject: Re: Commando HQ Groups
PostPosted: 09 Sep 2008, 21:09 
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Urrrgh - 27, not 26 *doh*

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 Post subject: Re: Commando HQ Groups
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Group 5 HQ - Beaufort West
Unfortunately I don't know about its sub-units.


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 Post subject: Re: Commando HQ Groups
PostPosted: 29 Oct 2008, 16:05 
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Thanks sorted out the reason for Gp2 in Worcester then later in Oudtshoorn.

In Oudtshoorn Gp2 was an amalgamation of a number of Groups as the Commandos were closed down.


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