The 61 Mechanised Battalion Group Veterans Association is a recognised military veterans organization affiliated to the CMVO (Council for Military Veterans’ Organizations of South Africa). The CMVO is in essence a management body for all the recognised military veterans associations for SADF/SANDF military veterans like the SA Legion, Moth, SA Infantry Association, Gunners Association, 32 Battalion Veterans association, Parabat Veterans Organization, etc whose members are military veterans from the statutory forces as described in the Military Veterans Act, 2011 (No 18 of 2011).

This veterans organization was created to immortalise the deeds, sacrifices, adventures and stories of the people of 61 Mech Battalion Group and its forerunner, Battle Group Juliet. You as former members of this battle force can record your memories of events that transpired during your time of service with the unit with personal stories and photos on the member site.

The men of the 61 Mechanised Battalion Group

In a regiment like 61 Mech everyone contributed to the greater good, whether he be a sub-unit or platoon commander, a sergeant-major, a cook, a loggie of high or low degree, an artilleryman, an armoured-car trooper, a Ratel-borne rifleman, an intelligence officer, a tiffie of the light workshop troop, a signaller, a headquarter’s clerk, and in one extreme case even a barman who insisted on going on an operation in his canteen truck.

This website serves the memory of 61 Mech Battalion, and Battle Group Juliet, as well as you, the past member, the men and women who are proud to have served as part of such a distinguished and unique unit.

You are invited to subscribe as a member of the 61 Mechanised Battalion Group Veterans Association, to share your stories and step into yesterday with us, lay old ghosts to rest and maybe relive some treasured moments. People who did not serve with the unit are welcome to join the 61 Mech Veterans Association as 61 Mech Supporters.

Not a political forum

The 61 Mech Veterans Association acknowledges the fact that the former SADF served the government of the time, in its capacity as an armed force, just as the SANDF currently is serving the government of the day. 61 Mechanised Battalion Group, likewise, served the South African government from 1978 until it was eventually dissolved in 2005 by the current government. This site is strictly to bring together those who have served with 61 Mech, their next of kin, families and supporters, to share experiences and memories, and this is not a platform from which to voice political views.

In its short lifetime of 27 years the 61 Mechanised Battalion Group participated in no less than 37 large-scale actions and operations, earning a well-deserved name as one of the finest fighting units in South African military annals

61 Mech Battalion Group relocated towards the end of 1991 from Rooikop Military Base near Walvis Bay to the Army Battle School at Lohathla where it was employed for the practical support for course exercise, if not involved in military operations. Here it also formed part of the Army Rapid Deployment Force.

Disclaimer

If you discover any mistakes or inaccuracies reflected on this website please bring it to our attention at website@61Mech.org.za so that we can update our records to reflect the correct facts.

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Years of Existence

61 Mechanised existed for just 27 years. It started off in 1978 as a composite unit called Battle Group Juliet, composed of Eland armoured cars and brand new Ratel infantry combat vehicles. Since then until 2005 thousands of soldiers entered and exited the gates of this unit, whether it was at Oshivello, Omuthiya, Rooikop or Lohathla.