Regiment University of the Free State

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Regiment University of the Orange Free State
SADF era OFS University Regiment emblem.png
Regiment University of the Orange Free State emblem
Country South Africa
  •  Republic of South Africa
  •  South African Army
Part ofSouth African Army Artillery Corps
Army Conventional Reserve
Collar BadgeBursting grenade with seven flames
Beret ColourOxford Blue
Artillery Battery EmblemsSANDF Artillery Battery emblems
Artillery Beret Bar circa 1992SANDF Artillery Beret Bar

Regiment University of the Orange Free State was an artillery regiment of the South African Artillery. As a reserve unit, it has a status roughly equivalent to that of a British Army Reserve or United States Army National Guard unit. It was part of the South African Army Artillery Corps.


In the 1950s in South Africa, military units were attached to each large university. The University of the Orange Free State acquired an artillery capability. The concept was for long term students to complete their military training in these units. Training would also be organised so as not to unduly interfere with university work.

Offshoot unit of Regiment University of Potchefstroom[edit]

This unit can be considered a offshoot of Regiment Potchefstroomse Universiteit as that unit's Survey Battery was transferred to the University of the Orange Free State in the early 1950s.[1]

A survey battery sets up the gun line for cannons through determining the horizontal and vertical locations of each piece so that plotting can occur on a firing chart and accurate data correlated.[2] [3]

Association with Vrystaatse Artillerie Regiment[edit]

Students completing their courses were transferred mainly to the Vrystaatse Artillerie Regiment, a citizen force regiment which had a close association with the University.

Amalgamation with 6 Field Regiment[edit]

This unit was finally amalgamated with 6 Field Regiment around 1974.[4][5]


Dress Insignia[edit]

SADF era OFS University Regiment insignia


  1. Crook, Lionel. Regiment Potchefstroom University (PDF). The Gunner, Book 1. p. 28. Search this book on Logo.png
  2. Dictionary of Missile and Artillery Terms, 1982, Major Gener5al AP Bogetskiy, Colonel Kusnetsov, Lieutenant Colonel AP Shapovalov; Chief Editor Lieutenant General of Artillery G Ye Perelel'skiy. Foreign Technology Division Translation FTD-ID(RS)T-1988-80
  3. The Development of Artillery Tactics and Equipment, Brigadier AL Pemberton, 1950
  4. "Welcome to the South African Unit Profiles". War in Angola. Archived from the original on 2015-07-07. Retrieved 2019-04-23.
  5. Otto, W (1983). "UBIQUE - THE GUNNERS OF SOUTH AFRICA". Scientia Militaria. 13 (3): 62–76. doi:10.5787/13-3-552.

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