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1 Special Service Battalion

Active1 May 1933 - present
BranchSouth African Army
ColorsOrange over Blue which must be divided by Silver and where it is not possible to use silver white will be used in place
Commanders
Notable commandersLt Col George Brink, Lt Col CEG (Papa) Britz, Lt Col WHE Poole, Lt Col HB Klopper, Lt Col Bok Kriel, Gen Jannie Geldenhys (Later Chief, SADF), Lt Col. W.R. Van Der Riet (Later Lt Gen)
CountrySouth Africa
EngagementsWorld War II, South African Border War, Operation Boleas, Operation Merlyn (1989) as part of 63 Mech, Operation Agree (1989) as part of 63 Mech
EquipmentRatel IFV, Rooikat
Garrison/HQTempe 29050S 26110E / 29.08333S 26.18333E / -29.08333; 26.18333 Coordinates : 29050S 26110E / 29.08333S 26.18333E / -29.08333; 26.18333
Insignia
Beret ColourBlack
Cap BadgeA spray of three protea flowers, bound by a ribbon bearing the initials and motto
Motto(s)Eendrag Maakt Mag (Unity is Strength)
Nickname(s)1SSB (English), 1SDB ( Afrikaans )
Part ofSouth African Armoured Formation
TypeArmoured
Websitewww.saarmour.co.za

During the year-end function of 1 Special Service Battalion, which was held at Bobbies Park on 29 November 2019, Unit members who had excelled in their duty were award. Lt-Col David Romain, Officer Commanding of 1SSB, awarded Unit Honorary Colours, premier award, to Capt L. Jooste and Capt P. Mcunu for rendering excellent continuous Service to the Unit for the past three years. Mrs Lizelle Boucher also received a Friend of Unit certificate, awarded to her for her lifetime loyal friendship between her and the Unit and for having been involved in the Unit since 2017. It is indeed an honour for Unit to add her to the namelist of Friends of Unit.

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Alliances

Air force

TypeNo.
Fighter30
Total planes30

Main article: South African national focus tree South Africa, along with other nations of the British Commonwealth, get unique national focus tree as part of Together for Victory expansion. Without expansion, it utilize Generic national focus tree instead. South Africa's unique focus tree has 6 main branches and 2 sub-branches: War Measures Act / Support Policy of Appeasement. This branch focuses on war preparations, mustering South Africa's industrial capacity as well as constructing strategic defensive forts. The other half of the branch reinforces cooperation with the rest of the Commonwealth. Abandon Westminster branch focus on independence from the Commonwealth, with choice of becoming either a Fascist or Communist country. Support Afrikaner Broederbond Fascist sub-branch. This branch open possibility to switch to fascism by starting civil war. Player can go for greater cooperation with the German Reich, which comes with substantial benefits, or start a faction of its own, with a policy of revanchism targeting the United Kingdom. In either case, former British king Edward VIII could be selected as head of state. Empower Workers Communist sub-branch. One path align South Africa with the Soviet Union. The other is most unique of focus tree, Anti-Colonialist Crusade: South Africa declared war on colonial powers to liberate Africa from their rule. The South African Railways branch focuses on improving infrastructure, expanding industrial capacity, and providing additional research slots. Special Service Battalion this branch provides bonuses for weapons, artillery and land doctrine research. Commit to the Five-Year Plan, this branch provide bonuses for aircraft and Air doctrine research. Seaward Defense Force this branch focus on the navy, giving bonuses to ship models and naval doctrine research.

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Aircraft designers

DesignerTypeEffectCost ( )
Light Air CompanyLight Aircraft DesignerAir Research Speed: +15% Fighter : Agility: +10% Max Speed: +10% Carrier Fighter : Agility: +10% Max Speed: +10%150
Medium Air CompanyMedium Aircraft DesignerAir Research Speed: +15% Heavy Fighter : Reliability: +20% Tactical Bomber : Reliability: +20%150
Heavy Air CompanyHeavy Aircraft DesignerAir Research Speed: +15% Strategic Bomber : Strategic Bombing: +10%150
Naval Air CompanyNaval Aircraft DesignerAir Research Speed: +15% Naval Bomber : Range: +10% Naval Attack: +10% CV Naval Bomber : Range: +10% Naval Attack: +10% Carrier Fighter : Range: +10% Agility: +10% Carrier CAS : Range: +10% Naval Attack: +10%150

Army

TypeNo.
Infantry6
Total divisions6

Chief of Airforce

NameTypeEffectCost ( )
Adolf MalanAll-Weather (Expert)Bad Weather Penalty: -20.00%150
Pierre van RyneveldGround Support (Expert)Air Superiority: +10.00%150

Chief of Army

NameTypeEffectCost ( )
James Mitchell-BakerArmy Maneuver (Expert)Division speed: +10.00%150
Leonard BeyersArmy Defense (Expert)Division Defense: +10.0%150

Chief of Navy

NameTypeEffectCost ( )
Pierre Oliver-KnollNaval Maneuver (Expert)Naval Speed: +10%150
Cornelis van ZuigenbroggeCommerce Raiding (Expert)Convoy Raiding Efficiency: +15.00%150

Industrial concerns

DesignerTypeEffectCost ( )
Industrial CompanyIndustrial ConcernIndustrial Research Speed: +15%150
Electronics CompanyElectronics ConcernElectronics Research Speed: +15%150

Industry 1936

TypeNo.
Civilian factory9
Military factory1
Naval dockyard0

Industry 1939

TypeNo.
Civilian factory11
Military factory1
Naval dockyard1

Infantry equipment list

NameTypeTechyear
Rifle No.1 MkIIIBasic Eq.1918
Rifle No.4 MkIWeapons I1936
Sten MkIIWeapons II1939
Rieder SMLE-CARWeapons III1942

Materiel designers

DesignerTypeEffectCost ( )
Motorization CompanyMotorized Equipment DesignerMotorization Research Speed: +15%150
Small Arms CompanyInfantry Equipment DesignerWeapons and Equipment Research Speed: +15%150
Artillery CompanyArtillery Equipment DesignerArtillery Research Speed: +15%150

Military High Command

NameTypeEffectCost ( )
Robert PalmerArmy Regrouping (Expert)Division Recovery Rate: +8.0%150
C. de Weenburg du ToitArmor (Expert)Armor Division Attack: +10.0% Armor Division Defense: +10.0%150
Marinus van OsterkampNaval Strike(Expert)Naval Bombing: +3% Naval Targeting: +3% Naval Agility: +3%150
Jeannot de la TourierScreens (Expert)Screen Attack: +10.00% Screen Defense: +15.00%150

Motorized units list

NameTypeTechyear
Austin K5Motorized1936
Bren CarrierMechanized I1940
Universal CarrierMechanized II1942
Churchill KangarooMechanized III1944

Navy

TypeNo.
Total ships0

Political advisors

AdvisorTypeEffectCost ( )
Sir Patrick DuncanDemocratic ReformerDaily Democracy Support: +0.10 Has completed focus Support the Policy of Appeasement Is not Supervised State150
Abram FischerCommunist RevolutionaryDaily Communism Support: +0.10 Has completed focus Empower the Workers Is not Supervised State150
J. F. van RensburgFascist DemagogueDaily Fascism Support: +0.10 Has completed focus Support the Afrikaner Broederbond Is not Supervised State150
Nicolaas HavengaCaptain of IndustryInfrastructure construction speed: +10.00% Civilian Factory construction speed: +10.00% Refinery construction speed: +10.00%150
D. F. MalanBackroom BackstabberPolitical Power Gain: +5% Ideology drift defense: +15.0%150
E.G. JansenSilent WorkhorsePolitical Power Gain: +15%150

Political parties, 1936

Id.Party namePopularityLeaderRuling
United National South African Party74.99%J. B. M. Hertzog
South African Communist Party4.99%Moses Kotane
Gesuiwerde Nasionale Party20.01%D. F. Malan
African National Congress0.00%Pixley Ka Isaka Seme

Political parties, 1939

Id.Party namePopularityLeaderRuling
United National South African Party99.99%Jan Smuts
South African Communist Party0.00%Moses Kotane
Gesuiwerde Nasionale Party0.01%D. F. Malan
African National Congress0.00%Pixley Ka Isaka Seme

Resources 1936

TypeNo.
Aluminum0
Chromium170
Oil0
Rubber0
Steel8
Tungsten0

Resources 1939

TypeNo.
Aluminum0
Chromium188
Oil0
Rubber0
Steel8
Tungsten0

Ship designers

DesignerTypeEffectCost ( )
Naval CompanyShip DesignerNaval Research Speed: +15%150

Table

Conscription LawEconomy LawTrade Law
Volunteer Only 1.5% Recruitable populationCivilian Economy 35% Consumer Goods factories -30% Factory construction speed +30% Factory (type) conversion cost -40% Fuel Gain per Oil -25% Fuel CapacityExport Focus 50% Resources to market +5% Research speed +10% Factory/Dockyard output +10% Construction speed +20% Civilian intelligence to others +10% Navy intelligence to others

Table2

Conscription LawEconomy LawTrade Law
Volunteer Only 1.5% Recruitable populationEarly Mobilization 30% Consumer Goods factories -10% Factory construction speed -25% Fuel Gain per OilExport Focus 50% Resources to market +5% Research speed +10% Factory/Dockyard output +10% Construction speed +20% Civilian intelligence to others +10% Navy intelligence to others

Tank designers

DesignerTypeEffectCost ( )
IscorMedium Tank DesignerArmor Research Speed: +15% Armor : Reliability: +5% Soft attack: +5%150

Theorists

TheoristTypeEffectsCost ( )
J. F. van RensburgMilitary TheoristArmy Experience Gain: +0.05 daily Land Doctrine Research Speed: +10%150
S.P. Le RouxAir Warfare TheoristAir Experience Gain: +0.05 daily Air Doctrine Research Speed: +10%150
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