Rooiplaas Stories

A short story is a piece of prose fiction that typically can be read in one sitting and focuses on a self-contained incident or series of linked incidents, with the intent of evoking a single effect or mood.

C-130 (Flossie)

C-130 Hercules  aka “The Flossie” (Posted by Fanie van Loggerenberg on the FlyAfrica Facebook group on Wednesday 21 April 2021) …
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Roll of Honour 1944 – 1987

2 Lt J.E. Blanchenberg09/03/19446th Bn British Parachute RegimentCpl A.L. Broodryk13/04/1976Operation SavannahRfn P.J. du Bois12/08/1978Rfn J.B. Greyling12/08/1978Rfn C.F. van der Nest12/08/1978L …
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Honoris Crux Names

NameDate2 Lt J. Blaauw17/12/1975WO2 J.J. Burger01/06/19762 Lt J.G. Parkin18/10/1979L Cpl J.A. Venter18/10/1979Rfn A.S. de Lange18/10/1979Rfn B.J. Gibson18/10/1979Rfn B. Maree18/10/1979Rfn C.N …
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Pro Patria Medal

Pro Patria Medal (1974)For service in preventing or suppressing terrorism or, from 1977, in defence of South Africa, during the …
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Honoris Crux

Honoris Crux Silver (HCS) (1975-2003)Awarded for exceptional bravery in great danger; from 1993 awards were restricted to military operations. About …
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Regimental Sergeant Majors from 1962 – 2006

Regimental sergeant-majorsTimeframeSgt-Maj PJ Grove08/01/1962 – 11/07/1962Sgt-Maj PJ Botes12/07/1962 – 02/08/1962Sgt-Maj OR Wocke0308/1962 – 19/07/1963Sgt-Maj GA Erasmus20/07/1963 – 21/08/1970Sgt-Maj JH Kieser22/08/1970 …
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Officers Commanding from 1961 – 2009

Edit Officers CommandingTimeframeCmdt WP Louw01/04/1961 – 05/11/1965Cmdt J Fourie06/01/1965 0 30/11/1967Cmdt MJ du Plessis01/12/1967 – 12/12/1968Cmdt GJ Viviers13/12/1968 – 22/09/1972Cmdt …
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Members of 1 Bn who excelled in sport

NameSportAchievementCol At SchoemanPentathlonSpringbokCol Andre BestbierRugbyArmyCol Anton van GraanBisley shootingSpringbokLt Nick du PlessisPractical shootingSpringbokSSgt Willie O’NeilBisley shootingSpringbokSSgt Harry FinlayBoxingProvincial: Golden Gloves …
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Paratroopers who obtained national colours in sport

NameSportCmdt SD van NiekerkDiensskietCol AL van GraanGrootkaliberskietLt AS WheelerJudoKol A BestbierRugbyBrig JPF BothaRugbyCapt J de JagerFreefall ParachutingLt-genl MJ du PlessisPentathlonCmdt …
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The ‘Aapkas’

The Aapkas (published in The Friend, 20 August 1975) The first two weeks of the course are probably the most …
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The Marble

The marble is a 32-34kg solid concrete block that was incorporated into paratrooper training. Physical activities with the marble included …
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