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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 fundraisin

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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

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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

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SAL UK and Europe Formal Ball 2017

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   The South African Legion United Kingdom and Europe

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Marching For Others

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Nijmegen, Netherlands Vierdaagse The largest and most

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Founders Day 2017 – The Royal Hospital Chelsea

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Founders Day – The Royal Hospital Chelsea After his d

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South African Nation-Building Commemoration

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South African Nation-Building Commemoration: a tribute

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HMS Sheffield – Sunk 4th May 1982, Falklands War

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HMS Sheffield (D80) was a 4100 ton Type 42 destroyer, l

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World War 2 Medals

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Understanding your Grandfather’s (or Fathers’)

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SS Mendi – England Centenary Commemoration 2017

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  The centenary parade to mark the loss of the SS Mend

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Commonwealth Day Parade 2017

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  LONDON, 13 March 2017 –Mother Nature clearly s

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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 a

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Ex ZIPRA fighter regrets downing Rhodesian Viscounts

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  By Shine Moyo, Special Correspondent Mapotos: A

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HMSAS Southern Floe

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Badge of H.M.S.A.S. Southern Floe which was picked up i

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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 mee

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Sunderland Flying Boats of Lake Umsingazi

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  THE SUNDERLAND FLYING BOATS OF LAKE UMSINGAZI By

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Thiepval – End of Battle Somme Ceremony

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Event Gallery here. THIEPVAL, France – Friday 18 Nove

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South African Legion Shields

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Sometimes, taking a wrong turn in cyberspace is not a c

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SA Legion Christmas Social Raises Funds

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  The SA Legionnaires and members of the 61 Mech V

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SA Legion Shield Award at Royal Hospital Chelsea

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Shield Award After attending the Carabiniers Boer War c

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Medal Award after 33 years

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Legion awards medals to worthy recipient Following the

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Carabinier Boer War Remembrance 2016

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The remembrance service with the South African Legion a

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AJEX 2016

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Members of the SA Legion joined more than 1,000 war vet

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Jan Smuts and Isaac Ochberg

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  You might remember heroic figures like Oskar Sch

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Interview with National President Lgr. Godfrey Giles

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2015 Interview with Legionnaire Godfrey Giles. Quite a

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South African Naval Losses in WW2

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Casualties compiled by Don Kindell ABRAHAMS, Henry, Abl

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Your SADF Insurance Buddy

  Remembering the days during South African Nation

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Joe Slovo, Signaller, WW2

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  This “rooigevaar” (Red Danger) communist was

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Major Arthur Walker HCG and Bar SM

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  It is with deep regret that we announce the pass

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The Williams brothers from South Africa

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  Amazing when recruitment posters such as this on

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South African Air Force AH-2 Rooivalk

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  South African Air Force AH-2 Rooivalk The Denel

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

  Did you know that a South African was instrument

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HMS Dorsetshire and HMS Cornwall

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The Cruisers HMS Dorsetshire and HMS Cornwall were atta

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“Ouma” Smuts

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This is arguably the nations’s darling for many years

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Ek kan nie meer nie Korporal

Ek kan nie meer nie Korporal!!! …. (I can’t tak

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Sailor Malan – Freedom Fighter

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Another inconvenient truth to the current political nar

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Pro Nazi movements in WW2 South Africa

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The Ossewabrandwag History is always a three way prism.

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Ian Yule

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  Some news from the South African Legion’s bran

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Carpane Massacre

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    In the North Italian village of Carpane o

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Milan War Cemetery

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On 3 September 1943 the Allies invaded the Italian main

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The Stress Position

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Many of the National Servicemen veterans will remember

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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

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The youngest recipient of the George Medal

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Today we have a heartwarming story of a forgotten heroi

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133 Army Cadet Force

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It’s not often that I’m moved to writing a

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The Brigadier

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  Christo our driver – he who successfully r

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Visiting a T-34 Tank

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  Decades ago we came barreling around a corner in

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Steve Stevens, DFC (SAAF Beaufighter Pilot)

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Steve Stevens, DFC, is frail, bedridden and in pain. Ho

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Chairman’s Speech, South African Legion – UK and Europe AGM

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Ladies and Gentlemen, for those that were unable to att

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AJEX Parade 2015, London

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  The South African Legion UK Branch , took part i

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Cenotaph Parade – London, England 2015

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More Images can be seen here. Published by Peter A. Dic

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Remembrance Service at Lyttelton

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REMEMBRANCE SERVICE AT SAINTS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, LYTT

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Cullinan Military Cemetery

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CULLINAN MILITARY CEMETERY – CULLINAN During World Wa

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The Second Battle of El Alamein.

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  On this day in 1942. The Second Battle of El Ala

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Captured Bush War Artillery

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  Bush War in Angola, now here we have a serious p

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South African Air Force 34 Squadron Liberator

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  A South African Air Force 34 Squadron Liberator

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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 t

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Laurence Harvey in The Manchurian Candidate

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  A little snippet of relatively unknown South Afr

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This is not the time to play games!

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Imperial War Museum

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The Fire-Force on the Move

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The Fire-Force on the move. (SAAF Museum Collection pho

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Derrick Dickens

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  Another South African Air Force artwork by renow

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World War One Hero

VICTORIA CROSS AWARDEES DURING WORLD WAR 1:  ACTING LI

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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 i

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Shot Down Over Pembury

  Received this from Rob Johnson.  It appeared recent

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Operation Prone

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  Once in a while a personal photograph gem pops u

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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: ACT

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Lieutenant D.C. “Tommy” Thomas

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  Today we profile another one of those South Afri

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South African Legion Club Durban and District Branch

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  South African Legion Club Durban and District Br

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South African Air Force Mustang

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  A South African Air Force Mustang undergoing mai

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What is a Poppy?

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The poem was written by a Grade 11 learner, Jessica Hep

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Corporal William Cloete

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  Honouring real South African heroes and here sta

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Wandsworth ACF

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  Some excellent work been done by the SA Legion i

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Longest-reigning Monarch

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  Today Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the

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Operation Sceptic

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7 June 1980 Border War, Operation Sceptic. Capt IC Du P

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Alouette Gunship

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  Nice action shot taken during the Bush War. Here

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SAAF Rocket Firing Beaufighter Mk X

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  This was a highly controversial South African Ai

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Ops Medic Mural

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  South West Africa Border War, many veterans will

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James Henry Greathead

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  During the Second World War, Londoners used the

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Let us remember rugby’s War Dead

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Today’s image celebrates a game of rugby played b

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First SAAF Buccaneer – RNAS Lossiemouth

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  This year marks the 50th anniversary of this his

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Sid James – Carry On Saffa

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  Sid James – the “cockney Jack the la

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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 unveili

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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

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Legionnaire, Moth, Signalman Malcolm Dirk Kriel

Friday 24 July 2015 Charles Ross attended the Memorial

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Krige Schabort, an Interview

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A chat with Krige Schabort, the Winner of the 2015 Espy

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Jackie Moggridge – South African ATA Pilot

Jackie Moggridge, (born Dolores Theresa “Jackie&#

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Peter McAleese – Beyond No Mean Soldier

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There are times when “Not for Ourselves, but for

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South Africans in the Italian Campaign WW2

Famous LIFE colour photo from the Battle of Monte Cassi

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Krige Schabort – Inspiration

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  Krige Schabort was only 24 years old and serving

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Tobruk War Cemetery

TOBRUK WAR CEMETERY On 21 June 1942 Tobruk fell, giving

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Reconciliation – Armed Insurrection

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It would be incorrect to say that South African Legion

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South Africans involved in D Day

  Remembering D Day and the extreme bravery of qui

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Sinking of the Arniston – 200th Anniversary

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Images by Peter Napier 200 YEARS SINCE THE SINKING OF T

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Lunch at Sidi Barani

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  Lunch at Sidi Barani – SAAF and RAF World

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SA Legion Medal Parade – Military Museum JHB

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I recently had the good fortune to happen upon the Mili

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Medal Ceremony Saturday 16 May 2015

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The South African Legion’s National Head Quarters

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Savate Day 2015

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Savate day was remembered by the 32 Battalion Veterans

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‘Battle of Cassinga’ on the 4th May 1978

  Today we especially remember the fallen from the

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South African Victoria Cross

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    Rare that we see a image of a South Afric

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Battle of Gideon Namibia

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BATTLE OFGIBEONNAMIBIACommemorating the centenary of Th

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Battle of Trekkopje

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CENTENARY OF THE BATTLEOFTREKKOPJE 26 APRIL1915 Yesterd

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Lancaster W4888

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On a remote location in the Netherland’s the Sout

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Dar Es Salaam Cemetery

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The East African campaign of the First World War which

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Eric Horace Johnson

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It is with sadness again that we announcethatWW2SAAF fi

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Palmietkuil South War Cemetery and Memorial

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PALMIETKUIL SOUTH WAR CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL, SPRINGS, S

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Pretoria Medal Presentation Ceremony

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PRETORIA MEDAL PRESENTATION CEREMONYSaturday 14 March 2

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The tragic sinking of HMS Barham

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During the Second World War, South African Navy personn

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Vergaan SS Mendi herdacht – Bo, de omroep van de Bollenstreek

Noordwijk – Met een dienst in de kapel van de Alg

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SABC News – Mendi heroes remembered on two continents :Sunday 22 February 2015

For the first time, a memorial service for the hundreds

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Lgr Frank Sexwale

  It is with a very heavy heart this morning that we a

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Remembering the South African Navy Frigate, SAS President Kruger.

The SAS President Kruger was a frigate of the South Afr

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

  South African Legion of Military Veterans press

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Hamilton War Cemetery – Bloemfontein

  BLOEMFONTEIN (HAMILTON) WAR CEMETERY The Hamilto

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WW2 SA Naval Casualties by Name and Ship

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  CASUALTIES BY DATE and SHIP Compiled by Don Kind

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Cenotaph Parade Report – 2014

    Taking-up our rightful place Put more tha

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A Brilliant Campaign…

         “A Brilliant Campaign “…   From a

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Richmond – South African Hospital 1916 and Richmond Military Cemetary

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This is just to demonstrate a small piece of the work o

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The SAAF in the Korean War

Excellent and extremely rare original colour photograph

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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,

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

  Another notable South African hero and Victoria

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South Africans in one of the most bitter battles ever – Cassino

  Rare image of South Africans in combat during on

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MS Oceanos – South African military bravery on the high seas

  The tragedy of the MS Oceanos can be regarded as

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John Household – First Flight

  By Legionnaire Kevin Bolton, photos of the memor

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Was Guy Gibson shot down by Friendly Fire?

(First published in the Daily Mail in October 2011 by J

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WW1 South African standing sentry in the trenches

Very rare photo of South Africans in the frontline tren

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Centenary Commemoration of World War One

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  ST MARY’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, CAMBRIDGE, EAST LON

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Bob Kershaw – a South African war hero

Lieutenant Robert Harold Carlisle Kershaw DSO, DFC beca

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

    Brand was born in Beaconsfield (now part

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

Collated by Peter Dickens Fascinating and uncommon phot

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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

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The Battle of Square Hill

Contributed by Charles Ross   On Sunday 21 Septemb

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WW2 South African soldier standing proud guarding Waterkloof AFB

A rare and wonderful original colour WW2 photo of a pro

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South Africans in the RAF

One of the RAF’s leading aces, and one of the hig

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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 Afr

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A tank named Jannie Smuts

World War 2 – Italy 1944, a crew of the Pretoria

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Falklands bombing raid

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  On 30 April 1982, the RAF launched a secret miss

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Dave Campbell

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    RIP Dave Campbell former drummer of “The Ri

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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

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Springboks on Patrol again

THE FALLEN is a short film by Bauke Brouwer, and was fi

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The Fallen – The Shoot

Images by Anton Crone (See the film here) [print_gllr i

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Springboks on Patrol

Iconic photo of a South African rifle section – k

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South Africans in D-Day

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[Contributed by Ian Meadows, with Sources: Ross Dix-Pee

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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

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Entrepeneurs over 50

For all of those contemplating retirement, here is some

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Military Honours for Cmdt Johann Du Randt

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Commandant Johann Christiaan Du Randt (Artillery Observ

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Colonel “Oom Vuil” Fred Potgieter.

The story of Colonel “Oom Vuil” Fred Potgieter.  

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SA Legion Medal Parade for D. Mannall MMM

  The South African Legion – United Kingdom bran

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Captain Edwin Swales, V.C.

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Edwin Essery Swales was one of four children born in In

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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 Canada

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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

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As Narrated by a Territorial Soldier in Rhodesia

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A personal account by a Territorial Rhodesian Soldier&#

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The coelacanth Dak K-OD 6832

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Did you know that the aircraft that was tasked by the P

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Military Cross for Southern African Royal Marine

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A Southern African who won the Military Cross for outst

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Private Beleza rests in a home fit for heroes

  This article was published in the Cape Argus on

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Delville Wood Re-interment

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  The South African Veterans and French Veterans f

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Poetry – ISANDLAWANA

Nkosi, we scream, And I taste the thunder Of our feet.

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South Africans in D-Day

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Remembering D Day and the extreme bravery of quite a nu

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Army Life in WW 2

Carl A. L. Craemer     I listened to General

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Savate Day

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  32 Battalion – controversial to this day &

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The New Zealanders` Farewell to the South Africans

This was written after the South Africans held their po

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Tunisian Campaign 1943

    WW2 – Tunisian campaign 1943 – or

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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

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Remembrance Day

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At approximately 05:00 on Monday, 11 November 1918, the

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Delville Wood

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The Battle of Somme, launched on 01 July 1916, was one

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Bucaneer 416 – Restoration Project Visitors

  Both these photos reflects historical occasions.

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6th Armoured Division in the ‘soft underbelly’

  If anything this image shows us just how tough i

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‘Twas on a misty mountain

The radar station that I was posted at was set high up

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Marzabotto

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Marzabotto – An Italian town’s appreciation

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SS Mendi Parade Report

The Parade to commemorate the sinking of the SS Mendi t

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Head and Shoulders

A man who stands head and shoulders above men.   C

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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

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North African and European Campaigns

The SAAF squadron which found and then photographed Aus

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February News from the RBL

Below are this months news articles from the Royal Brit

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Forgotten Valour

    Do take a little time to read this. With the

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How to wear your poppy

  The Royal British Legion has created this video on t

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SA Veterans to march in Cenotaph Parade

  Remembrance Day Special: SA Veterans to march pa

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The Two Minute Silence

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Origins of the Two Minute Silence.   Throughout the Gr

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Saracens Poppy Appeal

  The SA Legion marked their formal association wi

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Battle of the Menin Road

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By Filip Debergh On 20 September 1917 at 05.40, two reg

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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 rep

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The New Zealanders’ Farewell to The South Africans

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  This was written after the South Africans held t

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Reburial of WW1 SA Soldiers at Tyne Cot

      Video of the event   Three unknown South

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Delville Wood – Rest, Young Man

  Muddy waters mix with blood. The blood of a young ma

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Poppy Day

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Poppy Day is the major fund raising event of the South

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Commonwealth War Graves Commission Newsletter

The CWGC March 2013 newsletter features the SS Mendi Pa

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SS Mendi Parade

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  Let us die like brothers – the legacy of the SS Me

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SAS President Kruger Parade

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The furious seas of February a month to remember the SA

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Happy New Year 2013 Legionnaires

  Just a message from the ‘committee’, las

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Remembrance Sunday: The traumas of war that haunt us still

When Caroline Greene unearthed her grandfather’s wart

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Remembrance Day – SA Legion UK

  UK Remembrance Day   South Africa’s 1st oppor

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In Flanders Fields

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by Lt Col McCrae, MD: In Flanders fields the poppies bl

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Remembrance Day

  At 11.00 on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 t

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The ‘Ode of Remembrance’

  They went with songs to the battle, they were yo

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Dress and Bearing – 11th Nov 2012

  By Norman Sander.   Legionnaires.   Myself and

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South African Military Dictionary – Glossary of Military Terms

  Created for the benefit of those not always unde

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SS Mendi

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  On 21 February 1917 at 05:00, the SS Mendi was s

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