HERITAGE – THE FOUNDERS
The South African Special Forces have a legacy of soldiering that is unparalleled. The legends of these exploits are whispered around the world and deservedly so. The extent of the work they have done is simply near impossible. In this the role the founding members played is of utmost importance as it was these 11 men that showed the way.
The Special Forces started off as the Reconnaissance Commandos with only 11 men in 1972. Under the command of Cmdt JD Breytenbach these men – aka the “dirty dozen” – set the ethos and the level of professionalism for all that was to follow. His understanding of the worth of an unconventional force was visionary and he set about equipping his men with the skills that would allow them to operate autonomously to create have maximum impact.
In a world without cell phone or GPS, faxes or internet, and in an era without rechargeable batteries they pioneered the art of soldiering in the African Bush to a new level. More important is that they focused on learning, adapting and growing. In this they ensured what they learnt was transferred and whoever followed learnt from them.
They built a brotherhood that would last beyond the grave. Even more extra-ordinary is that all of them that are still alive are active members of SASFA. Whilst some of them are in their mid 80’s and they still make a contribution to their fellow soldiers.
Our respect to you.