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Three Ships Commemoration honours South Africans who perished ‘In Waters Deep’ *

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On Saturday 22 February, Legionnaires from the South African Legion of Military Veterans (UK and Eur

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SS Mendi Remembrance & Wreath Laying, Noordwijk, the Netherlands

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In what has become an annual event embraced by the South African Embassy in The Hague as well as th

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Warsaw Airlift, Battle of Square Hill commemorated in Richmond

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RICHMOND UPON THAMES – On Saturday 15 September, Legionnaires from the South African Legion of Mil

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SAMVOA award for one of SA Legion’s best

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TEDDINGTON – At a superb ‘meet and greet’ between the South African Legion UK & Europ

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Battle of Delville Wood remembered in Richmond

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RICHMOND-ON-THAMES – The South African Legion gathered again at the South African Cenotaph in East

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Dutch National Remembrance Day – SA Legion shows solidarity with Noordwijk

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NOORDWIJK, THE NETHERLANDS  –  Every year on 4 May, the Kingdom of the Netherlands marks its nat

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Commonwealth Memorial Parade 2019

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COMMONWEALTH MEMORIAL GATES, LONDON – The 2019 Commonwealth Memorial Parade on Monday 11 March was

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Three Ships Parade, Richmond

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RICHMOND-ON-THAMES – The Annual Three Ships Parade took place in Richmond on 23 February and w

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SS Mendi Remembrance, Portsmouth UK

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PORTSMOUTH, UK – In a week in which we commemorate South African naval and maritime losses, tw

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SS Mendi Remembrance, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

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NOORDWIJK, ZUID-HOLLAND – In a dignified ceremony in Noodwijk in the Netherlands today, the fallen

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Carabiniers remembered at Kimberly Gate, Chelsea

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LONDON – On Sunday 2 December the South African Legion England Branch once again joined the Ro

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South African Veterans’ Armistice Day Parade

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The Richmond Armistice Day service was held on 10 November at 10:30 at East Sheen Cemetery in London

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SA Legion UK & EU Formal Mess Ball and Annual Awards Dinner 2018

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SOUTHGATE, LONDON – The second Formal Mess Ball of the South African Legion UK & Europe Branch

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Battle of Square Hill Centenary Service and Parade 2018

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RICHMOND UPON THAMES – The England Branch of the South African Legion hosted a remembrance service

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Airborne March, Arnhem, the Netherlands, 2018

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On Saturday 1 September 2018, the 72nd edition of the Airborne March (Airborne Wandeltocht) took pla

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BSAP memorial Service, National Memorial Arboretum

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On Sunday 22 July 2018, in bright sunshine reminiscent of its African heritage, the British South Af

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Delville Wood Remembrance Service and Parade 14 July 2018, East Sheen Cemetery, Richmond, London

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RICHMOND-UPON-THAMES – On the morning of Saturday 14 July 2018, the South African Legion (UK &

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Last Post Ceremony, Menin Gate, Ypres

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Every evening at 20:00 sharp, ever since 1928, the solemn and stirringly beautiful Last Post ceremon

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The Death of Staff Van Rooyen

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The Death of Staff Van Rooyen Graham Du Toit of Facebook Honour Roll fame wrote : “FOR THEM THE LA

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Visit to the Defence Academy of the UK, Shrivenham – 13 April 2018

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Wow what a day out it was! As everyone arrived, they were processed at Reception and taken off in gr

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The Legion and Albie Gotze’s Legion d’Honneur

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At a ceremony held in Cape Town on the 13th February 2018, the Ambassador of France to South Africa,

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SS Mendi Remembrance, Noordwijk, 21 February 2018

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At 11 am on Wednesday February 21 2018, the South African Ambassador to The Hague, HE Vusi (Bruce) K

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SS Mendi – The Untold Stories

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SA Legion UK & Europe will gather at the Richmond Cenotaph with Legionnaires, friends, family and ot

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SA Legion Medal Parade follows RHC Carabiniers Memorial

A small group of Legionnaires and Moths attended the Observance at the Carabiniers Memorial, Chelsea

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SA Legion UK & Europe Inaugural Ball and Awards Dinner – 16 September 2017

The inaugural SA Legion UK & Europe Annual Ball & Awards dinner took place on 16 September a

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Legionnaires complete Marching for Others Three-Point Challenge

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LONDON – Members of the SA Legion UK & Europe successfully completed a Three-Point Challen

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SA Legionnaires, MOTHs, Masons gather to honour SA Fallen on 11 November 2017

RICHMOND – 11h00 on 11 November 1918 marked the end of hostilities as the guns fell silent in

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Battle of Square Hill fallen honoured by South African Legion

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RICHMOND UPON THAMES – The England Branch of the South African Legion hosted the inaugural Battle

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SA Legion Donates ‘Marching For Others’ funds towards Knysna Fires Relief

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Following successful completion of the 200km fundraising challenge by the South African Legion, two

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South African Legion 100 year commemorative plaque placed on SS Mendi

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Amidst the South African Nation celebrating the success of Wayde van Niekerk’s gold in the 400m 20

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Fundraising Target reached in the March for Others

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The South African Legion conquered the 101st Four Days March Njimegen, the Netherlands; the largest

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Armed Forces Day Parade in Woking: 24 June 2017

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            The Woking Armed Forces and Veterans Annual Parade was hel

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Marching For Others

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Nijmegen, Netherlands Vierdaagse The largest and most important walking/marching event on Earth. ~W

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SA Legion presents shield to RBL Clapham Club at Q2 2017 meeting

Another quarterly committee meeting (11th/03), another productive session with new plans in the pipe

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World War 2 Medals

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Understanding your Grandfather’s (or Fathers’) World War 2 medals. This is the standard set

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SS Mendi – England Centenary Commemoration 2017

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  The centenary parade to mark the loss of the SS Mendi was held at Southampton’s Hollybr

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SA Legion England shooting exercise at Little Chalfont Rifle and Pistol Club

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On Friday 17th March the day of the long awaited SA Legion England Branch (SA Legion Shootex) visit

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Commonwealth Day Parade 2017

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  LONDON, 13 March 2017 –Mother Nature clearly smiles on the Commonwealth. On Monday, for (ab

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SS Mendi and Armed Forces Day, Noordwijk 2017

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The centenary of the sinking of the SS Mendi, as well as Armed Forces Day was commemorated at Noordw

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Ex ZIPRA fighter regrets downing Rhodesian Viscounts

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  By Shine Moyo, Special Correspondent Mapotos: A former member of the Zimbabwe People’s

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HMSAS Southern Floe

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Badge of H.M.S.A.S. Southern Floe which was picked up in an Italian dugout in the Desert by a sergea

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SA Legion Presents the RBL Putney Club with Shield at Q1 Social

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  Following the productive quarterly committee meeting – with much ground covered on ramp

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Sunderland Flying Boats of Lake Umsingazi

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  THE SUNDERLAND FLYING BOATS OF LAKE UMSINGAZI By Jeff Gaisford Jeff Gaisford has a deep inter

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Thiepval – End of Battle Somme Ceremony

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Event Gallery here. THIEPVAL, France – Friday 18 November 2016 was a date of solemn remembrances a

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South African Legion Shields

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Sometimes, taking a wrong turn in cyberspace is not a complete waste of time. A few months ago, whil

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SA Legion Shield Award at Royal Hospital Chelsea

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Shield Award After attending the Carabiniers Boer War commemoration there was socialising with the r

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Medal Award after 33 years

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Legion awards medals to worthy recipient Following the parade, newly elected chairman for the South

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Carabinier Boer War Remembrance 2016

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The remembrance service with the South African Legion and the Royal Scots Dragoons was hosted by the

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Jan Smuts and Isaac Ochberg

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  You might remember heroic figures like Oskar Schindler (the famous “Schindler’s List”)

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South African Naval Losses in WW2

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Casualties compiled by Don Kindell ABRAHAMS, Henry, Able Seaman, CN/ 719204 (SANF), SANF, 19 Novembe

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Your SADF Insurance Buddy

  Remembering the days during South African National Service “ inklaar “, when if you arriv

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Joe Slovo, Signaller, WW2

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  This “rooigevaar” (Red Danger) communist was also a South African Army world war 2 vetera

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Major Arthur Walker HCG and Bar SM

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  It is with deep regret that we announce the passing this morning of a true South African mili

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The Williams brothers from South Africa

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  Amazing when recruitment posters such as this one, among other reasons can motivate whole fam

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South African Air Force AH-2 Rooivalk

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  South African Air Force AH-2 Rooivalk The Denel Rooivalk (previously designated AH-2 and CSH-

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Brigadier Dudley Wrangel Clarke CB, CBE – Founder of modern special forces

  Did you know that a South African was instrumental in founding modern Special Forces as we kn

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HMS Dorsetshire and HMS Cornwall

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The Cruisers HMS Dorsetshire and HMS Cornwall were attacked and sunk on the 5th April 1942 by Japane

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“Ouma” Smuts

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This is arguably the nations’s darling for many years in South Africa, especially amongst the mili

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Ek kan nie meer nie Korporal

Ek kan nie meer nie Korporal!!! …. (I can’t take it anymore Corporal). Music to a Physical T

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South Africans Commonwealth War Casualties buried across the World – Part One

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  South Africans participated in almost every theatre of war during both the First and Second World

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Sailor Malan – Freedom Fighter

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Another inconvenient truth to the current political narrative of the “struggle”, the first mass

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Pro Nazi movements in WW2 South Africa

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The Ossewabrandwag History is always a three way prism. As with South African statute forces fightin

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Carpane Massacre

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  In the North Italian village of Carpane on 27 September 1944 the Germans executed 16 Allied soldi

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Milan War Cemetery

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On 3 September 1943 the Allies invaded the Italian mainland, the invasion coinciding with an armisti

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The Stress Position

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Many of the National Servicemen veterans will remember (or quickly try and forget) this “stress po

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Air Chief Marshal Sir H.W.L. “Dingbat” Saunders GCB, KBE, MC, DFC & Bar, MM

Many South Africans achieved high positions of command in British Armed Forces during World War 2 &#

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The youngest recipient of the George Medal

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Today we have a heartwarming story of a forgotten heroine of World War 2 which carries with it a Sou

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133 Army Cadet Force

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It’s not often that I’m moved to writing a post, but felt that I have to share my though

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South African Seaward Defence Force Anti-submarine Flotilla, WW2

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We remember the flotilla of South African whalers converted for military service during World War 2,

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The Brigadier

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  Christo our driver – he who successfully retreated from a Russian T-34 tank – was

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Visiting a T-34 Tank

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  Decades ago we came barreling around a corner in Onjiva and drove into a T-34 tank. We were j

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Steve Stevens, DFC (SAAF Beaufighter Pilot)

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Steve Stevens, DFC, is frail, bedridden and in pain. However, there is no doubt that this man is a f

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AJEX Parade 2015, London

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  The South African Legion UK Branch , took part in this years Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women A

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Remembrance Service at Lyttelton

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REMEMBRANCE SERVICE AT SAINTS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, LYTTELTON During October 2015 the Saints Presbyte

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Cullinan Military Cemetery

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CULLINAN MILITARY CEMETERY – CULLINAN During World War 2 the Zonderwater area near Cullinan became

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The Second Battle of El Alamein.

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  On this day in 1942. The Second Battle of El Alamein begins and this is how it looked from th

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Captured Bush War Artillery

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  Bush War in Angola, now here we have a serious piece of captured Soviet artillery, taken by t

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South African Air Force 34 Squadron Liberator

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  A South African Air Force 34 Squadron Liberator bomber’s stick of bombs (top left hand

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Captured Soviet manufactured PMZ-4 Mine-layer

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  In case you are wondering why Angola is one of the most mined countries in the world, well th

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Laurence Harvey in The Manchurian Candidate

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  A little snippet of relatively unknown South African history. Here’s another South Afri

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The Fire-Force on the Move

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The Fire-Force on the move. (SAAF Museum Collection photograph) – courtesy and thanks to Graha

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Derrick Dickens

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  Another South African Air Force artwork by renowned aviation artist Derrick Dickens’, p

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World War One Hero

VICTORIA CROSS AWARDEES DURING WORLD WAR 1:  ACTING LIEUTENANT COLONEL RICHARD ANNESLEY WEST VC DSO

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Gerard Ross Norton VC MM (7 September 1915 – 29 October 2004)

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  Celebrating true South African heroes and here is another Victoria Cross recipient, this is h

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Shot Down Over Pembury

  Received this from Rob Johnson.  It appeared recently in a Pembury Village Magazine.  Thanks to

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Operation Prone

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  Once in a while a personal photograph gem pops up on the veterans forums, this one thanks to

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Acting Lieutenant Colonel Jack Sherwood Kelly, VC CMG DSO

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  SOUTH AFRICAN HEROES OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR: ACTING LIEUTENANT COLONEL JACK SHERWOOD KELLY VC

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Lieutenant D.C. “Tommy” Thomas

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  Today we profile another one of those South African heroes who served with the commandos on D

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What is a Poppy?

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The poem was written by a Grade 11 learner, Jessica Hepburn who lives in Johannesburg, and forwarded

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Corporal William Cloete

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  Honouring real South African heroes and here stands an exceptional one. Corporal William Cloe

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Alouette Gunship

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  Nice action shot taken during the Bush War. Here a Alouette III Helicopter Gunship watches ov

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SAAF Rocket Firing Beaufighter Mk X

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  This was a highly controversial South African Air Force strike during the Second World War, a

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James Henry Greathead

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  During the Second World War, Londoners used the “Tube” underground rail system fo

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Let us remember rugby’s War Dead

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Today’s image celebrates a game of rugby played between South African and Australian military

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First SAAF Buccaneer – RNAS Lossiemouth

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  This year marks the 50th anniversary of this historic flight – 25 May 1965 history was

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Sid James – Carry On Saffa

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  Sid James – the “cockney Jack the lad” star of the “Carry On” m

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Rhodesian African Rifles Memorial unveiling 19 Jul 2015.

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Some time back SAL-UK was invited to attend the unveiling of the RNR/RAR memorial at the NMA. This w

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Benoni: 99th Commemoration of the Battle of Delville Wood

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About 100 Military Veterans and friends gathered at the cenotaph in Benoni on Sunday 19 July 2015 to

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Legionnaire, Moth, Signalman Malcolm Dirk Kriel

Friday 24 July 2015 Charles Ross attended the Memorial Service for Legionnaire/MOTH/Signalman Malcol

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Krige Schabort, an Interview

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A chat with Krige Schabort, the Winner of the 2015 Espy Award for the Best Male Athlete with a Disab

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Jackie Moggridge – South African ATA Pilot

Jackie Moggridge, (born Dolores Theresa “Jackie” Sorour) joined the Hatfield Ferry Pool

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Peter McAleese – Beyond No Mean Soldier

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There are times when “Not for Ourselves, but for Others” cannot be better defined than i

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South Africans in the Italian Campaign WW2

Famous LIFE colour photo from the Battle of Monte Cassino in Italy. May 1944 British, American and S

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Krige Schabort – Inspiration

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Krige Schabort was only 24 years old and serving as a corporal in the South African army when a bomb

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Tobruk War Cemetery

TOBRUK WAR CEMETERY On 21 June 1942 Tobruk fell, giving the German Afrika Korps major victory in Nor

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Reconciliation – Armed Insurrection

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It would be incorrect to say that South African Legion serves the agenda of one or the other side of

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South Africans involved in D Day

  Remembering D Day and the extreme bravery of quite a number of South Africans who took part i

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Sinking of the Arniston – 200th Anniversary

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Images by Peter Napier 200 YEARS SINCE THE SINKING OF THE ARNISTON COMMEMORATED 30 May 1815 –

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Lunch at Sidi Barani

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  Lunch at Sidi Barani – SAAF and RAF World War 2, North African theatre and this image s

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SA Legion Medal Parade

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I recently had the good fortune to happen upon the Military Museum in Johannesburg.  I’d been

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Medal Ceremony Saturday 16 May 2015

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The South African Legion’s National Head Quarters (NHQ) – held a Medal Ceremony on Satur

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Savate Day 2015

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Savate day was remembered by the 32 Battalion Veterans Association yesterday at a large ceremony was

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‘Battle of Cassinga’ on the 4th May 1978

  Today we especially remember the fallen from the Angolan/SWA Border War and the ‘Battle

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South African Victoria Cross

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    Rare that we see a image of a South African Victoria Cross recipient in action, but th

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Battle of Gideon Namibia

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BATTLE OF GIBEON NAMIBIA Commemorating the centenary of The Great War 1914 – 1918 and the South Af

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Battle of Trekkopje

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CENTENARY OF THE BATTLEOFTREKKOPJE 26 APRIL1915 Yesterday marked the centenary of the Battle of Trek

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Lancaster W4888

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On a remote location in the Netherland’s the South African national flag permanently flutters

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Dar Es Salaam Cemetery

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The East African campaign of the First World War which started on 05 August 1914 when troops from th

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Eric Horace Johnson

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It is with sadness again that we announce that WW2 SAAF fighter pilot Eric Johnson passed away earli

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Palmietkuil South War Cemetery and Memorial

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PALMIETKUIL SOUTH WAR CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL, SPRINGS, SOUTH AFRICA This possible the closest cemeter

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Three Ships Service 2015

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  Some more great work from the South African Legion – Port Elizabeth branch – annu

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Pretoria Medal Presentation Ceremony

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PRETORIA MEDAL PRESENTATION CEREMONYSaturday 14 March 2015 the Pretoria Branch of the South African

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Lgr Frank Sexwale

  It is with a very heavy heart this morning that we announce the passing the Past Chairman of the

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Remembering the South African Navy Frigate, SAS President Kruger.

The SAS President Kruger was a frigate of the South African Navy. She sank in 1982 with the loss of

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Grand President – The Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League (RCEL)

  South African Legion of Military Veterans press announcement, as of yesterday 9th February 20

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Hamilton War Cemetery – Bloemfontein

  BLOEMFONTEIN (HAMILTON) WAR CEMETERY The Hamilton War Cemetery in Bloemfontein with its 74 Co

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WW2 SA Naval Casualties by Name and Ship

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  CASUALTIES BY DATE and SHIP Compiled by Don Kindell     1 9 3 9   4 October 19

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Cenotaph Parade Report – 2014

    Taking-up our rightful place Put more than 10,000 people in one place at the same time

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A Brilliant Campaign…

         “A Brilliant Campaign “…   From a letter written by Captain Trevitt ( South Afr

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Richmond – South African Hospital 1916 and Richmond Military Cemetery

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This is just to demonstrate a small piece of the work of the SA Legion-UK. Makes for a good read, so

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The SAAF in the Korean War

Excellent and extremely rare original colour photograph of North American F-51D Mustang fighters of

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The El Alamein “Stuka Party”, the SAAF’s finest hour in the desert war during WW2

World War 2 – The "1 Squadron Stuka Party' – a very successful day out for Sout

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South Africans carrying a wounded enemy German soldier to a medical station WW1

Rare photo of frontline South Africans in World War 1, and also one which shows compassion. Battle o

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Capt. Edwin Swales VC – a true South African WW2 hero

  Another notable South African hero and Victoria Cross winner, Captain Edwin (Ted) Swales VC,

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South African WW1 recruitment poster calling for revenge over the execution of Edith Cavell.

1915 – Fascinating World War 1 recruiting poster urging South Africans to arms. The poster urg

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MS Oceanos – South African military bravery on the high seas

  The tragedy of the MS Oceanos can be regarded as one of the finest hours for the South Africa

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John Household – First Flight

  By Legionnaire Kevin Bolton, photos of the memorial courtesy of OM Greene of Hilton and of Ka

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Was Guy Gibson shot down by Friendly Fire?

(First published in the Daily Mail in October 2011 by Jessica Satherly) One of the greatest heroes o

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WW1 South African standing sentry in the trenches

Very rare photo of South Africans in the frontline trenches during World War 1. Here is a South Afri

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Centenary Commemoration of World War One

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  ST MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, CAMBRIDGE, EAST LONDON Article by Charles Ross   On Sunday

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Bob Kershaw – a South African war hero

Lieutenant Robert Harold Carlisle Kershaw DSO, DFC became the first South African pilot to be made a

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Sir Quintin Brand KBE, DSO, MC, DFC – World War 1

    Brand was born in Beaconsfield (now part of Kimberley, Northern Cape) in South Africa

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Rommel inspects South African and British POW’s after Tobruk falls

Collated by Peter Dickens Fascinating and uncommon photo of victorious German troops ba gging South

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The tragedy of the SS Mendi – South Africa’s greatest wartime loss

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Collated by Peter Dickens     On 21 February 1917, during World War I, this chartered troo

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The Battle of Square Hill

Contributed by Charles Ross   On Sunday 21 September the Battle of the Square Hill was commemor

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WW2 South African soldier standing proud guarding Waterkloof AFB

A rare and wonderful original colour WW2 photo of a proud South African soldier, during World War 2

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South Africans in the RAF

One of the RAF’s leading aces, and one of the highest scoring pilots during the Battle of Brit

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South African Battle of Britain hero and WW2 Fighter Ace – “Dutch” Hugo

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Group Captain P H “Dutch” Hugo (left), Commanding Officer of No. 322 Wing RAF, and Wing

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84th Congress of the South African Legion of Military Veterans

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  A very successful 84th Congress of the South African Legion of Military Veterans was hosted b

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A tank named Jannie Smuts

World War 2 – Italy 1944, a crew of the Pretoria Tank Regiment, 6th South African Armoured Div

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Falklands bombing raid

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  On 30 April 1982, the RAF launched a secret mission: to fly a Vulcan bomber to the Falkland I

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Dave Campbell

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    RIP Dave Campbell former drummer of “The Rising Sons” and Veteran of the Natal Car

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Rare original colour photo of a SAAF spitfire during WW2

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South African Air Force in Gabes in Tunisia April 1943 during World War 2. Rare original colour phot

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Springboks on Patrol again

THE FALLEN is a short film by Bauke Brouwer, and was filmed with the help of the Cape Town based Her

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The Fallen – The Shoot

Images by Anton Crone (See the film here) [print_gllr id=1871] In this short film about two close fr

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Springboks on Patrol

Iconic photo of a South African rifle section – known as “Springboks” to the Comm

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South Africans in D-Day

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[Contributed by Ian Meadows, with Sources: Ross Dix-Peek, SA Newspaper, 10th June 1944; 24th June 19

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Rare image of a wounded South African during World War 1

Rare photo of South Africans in action during World War 1. Battle of the Menin Road Ridge; part of t

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Entrepeneurs over 50

For all of those contemplating retirement, here is some food for thought. You could of course do som

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Military Honours for Cmdt Johann Du Randt

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Commandant Johann Christiaan Du Randt (Artillery Observation Officer, 4 Field Regiment) is carried t

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Colonel “Oom Vuil” Fred Potgieter.

The story of Colonel “Oom Vuil” Fred Potgieter.   When the SAAF bought the farm at Ondangwa to

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SA Legion Medal Parade for D. Mannall MMM

  The South African Legion – United Kingdom branch, held a medal parade for fellow Legionnair

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Captain Edwin Swales, V.C.

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Edwin Essery Swales was one of four children born in Inanda, Natal, South Africa to Harry Evelyn Swa

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Rare photo of a SAAF Canadair CL-13B Sabre Mk VI

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Never before published photograph of 11 Squadron Canadair CL-13B Sabre Mk VI 380 flying in the area

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Son of South Africa who died during the Vietnam War remembered today

Today we remember a son of South Africa who died during the Vietnam War. He is also shared with Aust

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Military Cross for Southern African Royal Marine

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A Southern African who won the Military Cross for outstanding bravery whilst serving in the Royal Ma

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Private Beleza rests in a home fit for heroes

  This article was published in the Cape Argus on 17th July 2014 under the title “Private

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Delville Wood Re-interment

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  The South African Veterans and French Veterans form the honour guard at the War Memorial in D

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Poetry – ISANDLAWANA

Nkosi, we scream, And I taste the thunder Of our feet. Nkosi! And brandish high Our bloody assegays.

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South Africans in D-Day

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Remembering D Day and the extreme bravery of quite a number of South Africans who took part in it. T

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Army Life in WW 2

Carl A. L. Craemer     I listened to General Smuts’ speech on the radio to the South Afr

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Savate Day

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  32 Battalion – controversial to this day – yes, but the fact still remains &#8211

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The New Zealanders` Farewell to the South Africans

This was written after the South Africans held their positions at Deville Wood on the Western Front,

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First World War : Order of Battle and Operational History Timeline of the 9th Scottish Dvision ( incorporating 1st South African Infantry Brigade ).

The 9th ( Scottish ) Division came into existence as a result of Army Order No. 324, issued on 21 A

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Tunisian Campaign 1943

    WW2 – Tunisian campaign 1943 – original colour photograph of two clipped-wing

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Bravery in the highest order on the MS Oceanos

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The tragedy of the MS Oceanos can be regarded as one of the finest hours for the South African Navy

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Remembrance Day

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At approximately 05:00 on Monday, 11 November 1918, the Armistice was signed in a railway carriage o

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Delville Wood

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The Battle of Somme, launched on 01 July 1916, was one of the bloodiest offensives during World War

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Bucaneer 416 – Restoration Project Visitors

  Both these photos reflects historical occasions. 1st Photo 25 May 1965, the delivery of the 1

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6th Armoured Division in the ‘soft underbelly’

  If anything this image shows us just how tough it was for the South Africans fighting in Ital

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‘Twas on a misty mountain

The radar station that I was posted at was set high up on a mountain, 2000 metres above the ground.

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Marzabotto, Monte Sole and the 6th Armoured Division of South Africa

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Marzabotto – An Italian town’s appreciation to South African troops for rescuing them fr

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SS Mendi Parade Report

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The Parade to commemorate the sinking of the SS Mendi took place at Hollybrooke in Southampton on th

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Head and Shoulders

A man who stands head and shoulders above men.   Col Jan Breytenbach seen here after been blown

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South Africa’s WW1 Victoria Cross Winner

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Honouring South African heroes and this is one of South Africa’s greatest. Many people don&#82

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North African and European Campaigns

The SAAF squadron which found and then photographed Auschwitz concentration camp. Mosquito XVI of No

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February News from the RBL

Below are this months news articles from the Royal British Legion. Premier League Clubs support the

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Forgotten Valour

    Do take a little time to read this. With the SS Mendi remembrance parades coming up this w

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How to wear your poppy

  The Royal British Legion has created this video on the correct way to wear a poppy. With Pride. &

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SA Veterans to march in Cenotaph Parade

Remembrance Day Special: SA Veterans to march past Cenotaph in main parade! On 10 November 2013 we w

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The Two Minute Silence

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Origins of the Two Minute Silence.   Throughout the Great War, whenever South African Troops suffer

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Battle of the Menin Road

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By Filip Debergh On 20 September 1917 at 05.40, two regiments, the 3rd and the 4th South African Inf

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Schools pay tribute to South African WW1 soldiers at Tyne Cot

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  Courtesy of Filip Debergh We previously posted a report on the reburial of three South African so

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Three South African schools to commemorate fallen countrymen on Tyne Cot Cemetery

  Author: Filip DeBergh     On 23 Sept. 2011 the remains of 3 South African soldiers

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” A Brilliant Campaign.. ” : Letter written by Captain Trevitt, South African Engineers, during the German South West Africa Campaign ( 1914 – 1915 )

“A Brilliant Campaign “…   From a letter written by Captain Trevitt ( South African Engineers

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The New Zealanders’ Farewell to The South Africans

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  This was written after the South Africans held their position at Deville Woods on the Western

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Delville Wood – Rest, Young Man

  Muddy waters mix with blood. The blood of a young man, far from home. Wet, cold, tired, hurt, yet

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Poppy Day

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Poppy Day is the major fund raising event of the South African Legion of Military Veterans and takes

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SS Mendi Parade

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Let us die like brothers – the legacy of the SS Mendi The accidental ramming of SS Mendi Troopship

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SAS President Kruger Parade

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The furious seas of February A month to remember the SS Mendi, HMSAS Southern Floe and SAS President

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Message from the Parade OC Lgr Peter Dickens – SA Legion UK Commonwealth Gates Parade 11/11/2012

Thank you for coming on parade, I really appreciate the effort been made to remember the South Afric

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Remembrance Sunday: The traumas of war that haunt us still

When Caroline Greene unearthed her grandfather’s wartime correspondence, she was stunned to learn

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In Flanders Fields

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by Lt Col McCrae, MD: In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark

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Remembrance Day

  At 11.00 on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 the guns on the Western Front fell silent. The

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The ‘Ode of Remembrance’

  They went with songs to the battle, they were young. Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady a

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Dress and Bearing – 11th Nov 2012

  By Norman Sander.   Legionnaires.   Myself and Russ Pearce are working on the parade order

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South African Military Dictionary – Glossary of Military Terms

  Created for the benefit of those not always understanding the langauge of a South African sol

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SS Mendi

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On 21 February 1917 at 05:00, the SS Mendi was struck and cut almost in half by the Darro, South Wes

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