U.D.F., noun1

Forms:
Also UDF.
historical
Initial letters of Union Defence Forces, the name, from 1912 to 1957, of the South African armed forces. Also attributive.
Note:
See note at Defence Force.
1939 G. Makepeace in Outspan 10 Nov. 9Men between the ages of 17 and 60 who are not members of any other portion of the U.D.F. are National Reservists.
1944 Twede in Bevel Piet Kolonel 62The Battalion moved over such frequent and tremendous distances in 1941, that we became the most travelled unit of the U.D.F.
1945 S. De Wet Shifty in ItalyIntro., When a senior officer from the Union or Cairo went on a tour of inspection to Italy, his trip was called, in U.D.F. slang, a ‘shifty tour’ or a ‘shifty’.
1963 L.F. Freed Crime in S. Afr. 153In spite of the vigilance of U.D.F. artillerymen, pilferers have been stripping lead, copper and electrical fittings from the installations.
1980 R. Dale in Jrnl of Mod. Afr. Studies Vol.18 No.1, 60For the most part, the offensive combat role of the U.D.F. retained the distinction between blacks and whites practised in South Africa — namely, that only the latter served as combatants.
1981 Orpen & Martin Salute Sappers I. 283Lt. White had been detached to U.D.F. Headquarters in Cairo on 16 March.
1990 Bulletin (Centre for Science Dev.) Nov. 3There was both strong opposition to, as well as voices in favour of black South Africans joining the Union Defence Force (UDF) during the Second World War.
1993 Sunday Times 11 July 17A Nazi agent..had been appointed a UDF instructor.
Initial letters of Union Defence Forces, the name, from 1912 to 1957, of the South African armed forces. Also attributive.
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