RSM Marais of 1 Parachute Bn. He was a feared man by all ranks.

RSM Marais of 1 Parachute Bn. He was a feared man by all ranks.

Saying Goodbye of a fallen comrade. 1 Parachute Battalion South Africa.

Saying Goodbye of a fallen comrade. 1 Parachute Battalion South Africa.

The feared marching boots. Just look at the spit & polished toecaps.

The feared marching boots. Just look at the spit & polished toecaps.

In 1960 fifteen volunteers from the SADF were sent to England, the majority to train as parachute instructors, some as parachute-packers and one SAAF pilot in the dropping of paratroopers. These formed the nucleus of 1 Parachute Battalion at Tempe in Bloemfontein. The first paratroopers were Permanent Force men, but soon the training of Citizen Force paratroopers commenced. Members of 1 Parachute Battalion were the first S.A. Army men to see action after WWII.

In 1960 fifteen volunteers from the SADF were sent to England, the majority to train as parachute instructors, some as parachute-packers and one SAAF pilot in the dropping of paratroopers. These formed the nucleus of 1 Parachute Battalion at Tempe in Bloemfontein. The first paratroopers were Permanent Force men, but soon the training of Citizen Force paratroopers commenced. Members of 1 Parachute Battalion were the first S.A. Army men to see action after WWII.

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