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12 South African Motorised Brigade
08-Feb-43 Formed at Zonderwater, SA
21-Jul-45 Amalgamated with 13 SA Motorised Brigade in Italy


08-Feb-43 Brig RJ Palmer

Brigade Troops

RB/RPS (Regiment Botha/Regiment President Steyn) Mar-45 ? 08-May-45 heavy company, arrived in Italy Mar-43?

1st Witwatersrand Rifles 09-Feb-43 30-Jun-43
FC/CTH (First City/Cape Town Highlanders Regiment) 05-Oct-43 08-May-45
Regiment de la Rey 09-Feb-43 30-Jun-43
Royal Natal Caribineers 28-Jul-43 08-May-45
The First City Regiment 09-Feb-43 05-Oct-43
WR/DLR (Witwatersrand/de la Rey Regiment) 30-Jun-43 08-May-45

Higher formations served under

6 SA Armoured Division 08-Feb-43 05-May-44

2 New Zealand Infantry Division 05-May-44 24-May-44

6 SA Armoured Division 24-May-44 02-Jun-44

1st Canadian Corps 02-Jun-44 03-Jun-44

6 SA Armoured Division 03-Jun-44 08-May-44


South Africa 08-Feb-43 19-Apr-43

At Sea 19-Apr-43 30-Apr-43

Egypt 30-Apr-43 16-Apr-44

At Sea 16-Apr-44 21-Apr-44

Italy 21-Apr-44 08-May-45

Battles, actions and engagements


ROME 22-May-44 04-Jun-44

Advance to the Tiber 22-May-44 04-Jun-44

Bagnoregio 11-Jun-44 13-Jun-44

Allerona 15-Jun-44 15-Jun-44

TRASIMENE LINE 20-Jun-44 30-Jun-44

AREZZO 04-Jul-44 17-Jul-44

ADVANCE TO FLORENCE 17-Jul-44 10-Aug-44

Monte Kile 21-Jul-44 23-Jul-44

Paula Line 30-Jul-44 04-Aug-44

Monte Stanco 07-Oct-44 13-Oct-44


BOLOGNA 14-Apr-45 21-Apr-45

Monte Sole 15-Apr-45 18-Apr-45

Camposanto Bridge 22-Apr-45 22-Apr-45


17 May 2009


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