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Natal Field Artillery
Active September 1862 to current
Country  South Africa
Branch South African Army
Type Reservce Artillery
Motto(s) Armis Arte Audacia
(With Arms, Skill and Bravery)
Engagements Second Anglo-Boer War
World War I
World War II
South African Border War
Battle honours South-West Africa 1915

The Natal Field Artillery (usually abbreviated as NFA) is an artillery regiment of the South African Army. As a reserve unit, it has a status roughly equivalent to that of a British Territorial Army or United States Army National Guard unit. It is part of the South African Army Artillery Formation.


The Natal Field Artillery was raised in 1862 as part of the Durban Volunteer Guard, and later became a unit in its own right.[1]

The regiment took part in numerous military actions, including:

From 1913 to 1926, the NFA was designated the 7th Citizen Battery (NFA). From 1926 to 1932, it was the 2nd Citizen Battery (NFA). During World War II it was the 2nd Field Regiment (NFA).

From 1960 to 1968, the regiment was affiliated to the University of Natal, and was called the Natal University Regiment.

Regimental Symbols

  • Regimental motto: Armis Arte Audacia.

Battle honours

Although artillery units in the South African Army do not usually receive battle honours, the NFA was awarded the honour

  • South-West Africa 1915

Freedom of the City

The Regiment was awarded the Freedom of Durban on 28 September 1962,[2] the Freedom of Pietermaritzburg on 29 September 1962 and the Freedom of eMnambithi / Ladysmith on 2 July 2011.[3]


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