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5 SA Infantry Brigade
08-Jun-40 Formed at Barberton, SA
23-Nov-41      The brigade was largely destroyed at Sidi Rezegh
05-Feb-42 Survivors of the Sidi Rezegh disaster reconstituted as 2nd Regiment Botha


08-Jun-40 Brig BF Armstrong

28-Nov-41 Brig JB Kriegler

1st South African Irish 08-Jun-40 23-Nov-41
2nd Regiment Botha 08-Jun-40 23-Nov-41
3rd Transvaal Scottish 08-Jun-40 23-Nov-41

Higher formations served under

1 SA Infantry Division 13-Aug-40 23-Nov-41

HQ British Troops Egypt 30-Nov-41 30-May-42


South Africa 08-Jun-40 17-Nov-40

At Sea 17-Nov-40 27-Nov-40

East Africa 27-Nov-40 13-Jan-41

Abyssinia 13-Jan-41 09-Mar-41

East Africa 09-Mar-41 21-Apr-41

At Sea 22-Apr-41 03-May-41

Egypt 03-May-41 18-Nov-41

Libya 18-Nov-41 23-Nov-41

Egypt 30-Nov-41 30-May-42

Battles, actions and engagements


Turbi Road 24-Jan-41 25-Jan-41

El Gumu 01-Feb-41 01-Feb-41

Hobok 02-Feb-41 02-Feb-41

Banno 08-Feb-41 09-Feb-41

Mega 15-Feb-41 18-Feb-41

TOBRUK, 1941 18-Nov-41 10-Dec-41

Sidi Rezegh 19-Nov-41 23-Nov-41

17 May 2009


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