Looking for information on Regiment President Steyn

Discussion in 'South African' started by GatoGato123, Dec 23, 2021.

  1. GatoGato123

    GatoGato123 Member

    Hello everyone,

    I am looking for information about Regiment President Steyn. Among the questions I have is whether or not they were only deployed as machinegun troops, or both as regular infantry and machinegun troops, and how much it differed from one another. It seems to me that some of the Afrikaner regiments formed in 1934 were used mostly as machinegun troops, but I could be wrong.

    Many thanks in advance.
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  2. MarkN

    MarkN Banned

    Answer(s) depend(s) on the timeframe.
  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    assume you have seen this

    S A Armour Corps

    The Regiment President Steyn (RPS) was established as an Infantry Regiment on 1 April 1934, it was later converted to a Machine Gun Battalion.

    After receiving six commendable Battle Honours in North Africa during the Second World War, the unit amalgamated with the Regiment Botha to become a tank regiment. Following demobilisation the RPS reverted to Infantry.
  4. MarkN

    MarkN Banned

    I think gatogato is more interested in getting others to do the research and serving up the answers on a silver platter.
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  5. GatoGato123

    GatoGato123 Member

    I think you should shut your mouth if all you're going to do is come up with annoying and useless, non-relevant comments. You're a general annoyance rather than any help.
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  6. MarkN

    MarkN Banned


    Deployed when? Where?

    Regiment President Steyn was a pre-war ACF infantry battalion. On the outbreak of war it was significantly undermanned to the lower (peacetime) establishment then extant. When volunteers were called for on the outbreak of war, to increase the manpower of the battalion, the response was poor.

    The Regiment PresIdent Steyn that formed part of the 1st Infantry Division was an machine gun battalion created from the personnel recruited by three regiments: Regiment President Steyn, Regiment de Wet & Regiment Louw Wepener. Reinforcement drafts into Regiment President Steyn whilst in North Africa were not necessarily from the orignal three pre-war ACF battalions thus the 'true' Regiment PresIdent Steyn element was diluted yet further.

    With the return of 1st Infantry Division to South Africa for conversion and retraining as an armoured division, the remnants of Regiment President Steyn were merged with remnants of Regiment Botha to form an armoured battalion. The latter had also gone through a significant 'dilution' process from its pre-war ACF state.

    In Italy, before it saw action, the RPS/RB battalion was broken up and the manpower was redistributed to backfill other units in particular Pretoria Regiment and Imperial Light Horse (but others too). Elements of the former Regiment PresIdent Steyn this served as both tank crews as well as infantry.

    In otherwords, different answer for different timeframe and context.

    Depends on the timeframe.

    Depends on whether you are are looking at specific individuals or broad brush.

    You really expect somebody else to do that for you?

    Three machine gun battalions were initially required. They had to come from somewhere.

    Since your questions here and elsewhere seem to be little more than fishing expeditions, I have no idea whether my words above have any relevance to what you seek. Your response/feedback to my answers to your previous fishing expeditions have been somewhat underwhelming.
  7. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

  8. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Sorry, Gato.
    Aggressive rudeness not the form we usually hope for here when people ask entirely reasonable questions.

    Binned that user at it's happened one time too many now.

    Carry on.
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  9. GatoGato123

    GatoGato123 Member

    "I think gatogato is more interested in getting others to do the research and serving up the answers on a silver platter." is not a question.
  10. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Have you found the info you are looking for ?
  11. GatoGato123

    GatoGato123 Member

    Yes, I have. Thank you for asking.
  12. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Good show
    onwards and upwards
    if you find more info it might be worth adding to a thread for others to see and gives a good time line to the regiment
  13. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    I was referring to that as the rudenes in reply to your question. Rudeness that received a ban.
  14. GatoGato123

    GatoGato123 Member

    Perhaps be more clear about it next time then? I believe that as an admin, it is your job to be as clear as possible.

    Besides, telling somebody to shut their mouth is not an outstandingly great reason to ban somebody. Maybe if I insulted him, you'd have a point. Alas, I didn't do that.
  15. GatoGato123

    GatoGato123 Member

    Nevermind the above, I thought you were talking about me.. My apologies. Wasn't thinking clearly. :wacko:
  16. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Good hope thats all clear now
  17. GatoGato123

    GatoGato123 Member

  18. vitellino

    vitellino Senior Member

    I can't believe what I have just read on this thread.
  19. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Rails go bent sometimes
  20. GatoGato123

    GatoGato123 Member

    Quite right..

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