n Journal for Contemporary History - Preface / Voorwoord

Volume 37, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



Although the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) was only established at midnight on 26-27 April 1994, its history can be traced back to 1 July 1912, when South Africa's first-ever defence force, namely the Union Defence Forces (UDF), officially came into being. In the light of the fact that all South Africans should commemorate the centenary of their country's armed forces, the Editorial Board decided as early as 2009 - at the recommendation of the Editor - to publish a special edition of the , in commemoration of a century of armed forces in the Union and (since 1961) the Republic of South Africa.

Hoewel die Suid-Afrikaanse Nasionale Weermag (SANW) eers om middernag op 26-27 April 1994 tot stand gekom het, kan die SANW se geskiedenis na 1 Julie 1912 teruggespoor word, toe Suid-Afrika se eerste weermag, naamlik die Unie-Verdedigingsmagte (UVM), amptelik gestig is. In die lig van die feit dat alle Suid-Afrikaners die eeufees van hul land se gewapende magte behoort te herdenk, het die redaksie so vroeg as 2009 - op aanbeveling van die Redakteur - besluit om 'n spesiale uitgawe van die die lig te laat sien waarin 'n eeu van gewapende magte in die Unie en (vanaf 1961) die Republiek van Suid-Afrika herdenk sal word.

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