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Who's Who In and During the War In Angola

The Who's Who In and During the War In Angola represents an extensive project that I had undertaken which is fast growing into a 'Mini Encyclopedia' of people and role players during and in the War In Angola. The complete list as it stands is only available to PREMIUM MEMBERS ON REQUEST at this time, but I have given REGISTERED USERS access to the alphabetical lists and the Search functionality.

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on 22 May
 

General

If you would like to add persons involved or referenced in the War in Angola who may not already be in the database, please do add them here and upload a photo of the person, if at all possible! Please include his/her Surname, Initials (or full names), Nickname(s), Rank (as applicable for this entry), Position (e.g. Officer Commanding, etc.), the Unit /Formation /Service /Branch /Division he/she held the position in, and the Date From and Date To applicable (or at least the years the person was in this position). A short biography is also in order if that is available, as well as any links to pages where more information can be found.

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on 23 January

Gerhardt, Dieter "Felix", Commodore:

Posted with permission from the South African Legion:
Dieter Gerhardt - Tinker, Tailor, Soldier ... SPY!!! School is still out in veteran circles as to reconciliation on his actions selling British and South African Naval intelligence to the Soviet Union during the Cold War – many still grappling with the enormity of what he did and the damage it caused both the United Kingdom and, more specifically, South Africa.
What is still a little unclear to many is the motive, was it pure money, or as he claimed in his defence, was it his father’s strong pro Nazi standpoint and membership of the Ossewabrandwag during WW2 along with a fierce socialisation and upbringing in highly conservative Afrikaner Nationalist values that drove him at a young age to embrace Communism and the Anti-Apartheid struggle?
For those not familiar with South Africa’s biggest and most damaging military leak, Dieter Gerhardt reads like a John Le Carre novel – you just can’t make this stuff up.
Dieter Gerhardt is a former Commodore in the South African Navy and commander of the strategic Simon's Town naval dockyard. He was arrested by the FBI in New York City in 1983 following information obtained from a Soviet defector. He was convicted of high treason as a Soviet spy in South Africa together with his second wife, Ruth, who had acted as his courier. Both were released prior to the change of government following the 1994 general election.
Born November 1, 1935, Gerhardt joined the South African Navy after his father successfully persuaded naval chief Hugo Biermann to take the troubled teenager under his wing to try to instill discipline in him, he graduated from the Naval Academy in Saldanha Bay in 1956, winning the Sword of Honour.
In 1962 he attended a Royal Navy mine school in Portsmouth and completed the parachute training course at RAF Abingdon. After his training in Britain, he was seconded to the Royal Navy.
He started his spying career in his late twenties, while still a junior naval officer, by offering his services to the South African Communist Party. Bram Fischer referred him to the Soviet embassy in London, where the "walk-in" was recruited into the GRU, the Soviet military intelligence branch, and instructed to continue his career in the South African military.
As part of his service in the Royal Navy, he trained at HMS Collingwood and served on HMS Tenby (F65), and passed classified information about the weapon systems there to the Soviets. Among the systems he compromised through these activities were the SeaCat and Sea Sparrow missiles. He was also responsible for passing the first intelligence information about the French Exocet missile to the Soviets.
British journalist and security services specialist Chapman Pincher maintained that, while in London in the late 1960s, he was able to interview Royal Navy Polaris submarine crews for potential candidates that the Soviets could approach. It was also during this time that he met his first wife, British-born Janet Coggin whom he married in 1958.
Coggin says she became aware of her husband's Cold War spying activities eight years later in 1966 but chose not to turn him in, fearing that he would be executed, leaving her children fatherless. She says Gerhardt eventually gave her an ultimatum to become a spy too, which she declined, forcing the couple's separation. She divorced him in 1966 and moved to Ireland with her children, claiming that she lived in constan
17028
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on 23 January
 

Linford, Delville, Commandant:

RIV, Colonel. 23 July 1930 - 31 July 2015
17068
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on 27 January
 

Andersen, R.C. "Roy" SSA SD SM MMM JCD, Major-General:

Our top gunner!
17164
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on 5 February
 

Pols, B.J.W. (Bernie), Commandant:

Bernie Pols passed away this afternoon (5 February 2017). Rest In Peace, my battery commander during Operation Daisy in 1981
17229
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on 13 February

Sass, Bill, Captain:

Information sent in by his son, Billy:
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Anatoliy Shklyarenko
on 17 February
 

Kurochkin, Konstantin, Colonel-General:

Small specification:General Konstantin Kurochkin was Chief Military Advisor in Angola in 1982-1985.
17263
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on 17 February
 

Kurochkin, Konstantin, Colonel-General:

Thank you Anatoliy I have changed the 1983 to 1982
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Anatoliy Shklyarenko
on 17 February
 

Gusev, Pyotr (Peter), Lieutenant-General:

1984 - 1987 Chief of the Staff Carpathian Military Command (PrikVO)
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Anatoliy Shklyarenko
on 17 February
 

Gusev, Pyotr (Peter), Lieutenant-General:

gen. Gusev - Author of the book "Seek your destiny."
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Alex Smit
on 12 March
 

Schutte, C.S., Warrant Officer 1st Class:

Ek meld dat AO1 C.S. Schutte die draer is van PMD - Pro Merito Dekorasie, PMM - Pro Merito Medalje en MMM. Verder is hy n Verkennings soldaat met Aanval duikers kwalifikasie oa. Ek dink die melding van sy medaljes gee erkenning aan sy vermoe as n baie spesiale soldaat. Bynaam Charlie Serra
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Alex Smit
on 12 March
 

RE: General

Smit AFM, MMM (KMDT) (Alexander Floris Michael): Ops Komp Bev van 8SAI Bn (Jun 83 - Des 1984) as LT en 23 jaar oud. Neem deel aan Op Dolfyn en later Op Afskeur by 54 Bn. Komp Bev van nuwe Oshigambo oa. Laaste ops ontplooing 1988 as Komp Bev H Komp Infanterieskool noord van 54 Bn.
17432
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on 12 March
 

RE: Schutte, C.S., Warrant Officer 1st Class:

Baie dankie, Alex. Elke bietjie help om beter individuele profiele te skep en die hele prentjie meer op te bou.
17433
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on 12 March
 

RE: General

Baie dankie, Alex. Bygevoeg. Sien http://www.warinangola.com:8088/Default.aspx?tabid=1758&Parameter=2721
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on 10 June

Ya Toivoi, Herman Andimba Toivo:

Posted to the War In Angola Facebook page by ?Tuhafeni Captain Nghimtina, Gobabis, Namibia:
Cde Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo (22 August 1924 - 09 June 2017).
A Namibian anti-apartheid activist, politician and political prisoner who was active in the pre-independence movement and one of the co-founders of the South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) in 1960, and its predecessor the Ovamboland People's Organization (OPO) in 1959. Cde Ya Toivo served 16 years in Robben Island prison in the same section as Nelson Mandela. He was released from prison in 1984 and rejoined SWAPO in exile in Lusaka, Zambia. He returned to Namibia in 1989 in the wake of the country's independence and served as a Member of Parliament and as a Cabinet Minister until he retired from active politics in 2006.
May his soul Rest in Revolutionary Peace.
(1968) Toivo Herman Ja Toivo, "Freedom for Namibia"
By 1968 the freedom struggle for Namibia was a two year old guerilla war against South African control of the region. That struggle was directed by the Southwest African People's Organization (SWAPO). In the address below which was originally published in April, 1968, Toivo Herman Ja Toivo, a SWAPO leader on trial by South African officials for terrorism, counters the charge and make the case for Namibia's freedom.
My Lord,
We find ourselves here in a foreign country, convicted under laws made by people whom we have always considered as foreigners. We find ourselves tried by a judge who is not our countryman and who has not shared our background.
When this case started, Counsel tried to show that this Court had no jurisdiction to try us. What they had to say was of a technical and legal nature. The reasons may mean little to some of us, but it is the deep feeling of all of us that we should not be tried here in Pretoria.
You, my Lord, decided that you had the right to try us, because your Parliament gave you that right. That ruling has not and could not have changed our feelings. We are Namibians and not South Africans. We do not now, and will not in the future recognize your right to govern us; to make laws for us in which we had no say; to treat our country as if it were your property and us as if you were our masters. We have always regarded South Africa as an intruder in our country. This is how we have always felt and this is how we feel now, and it is on this basis that we have faced this trial.
I speak of “we” because I am trying to speak not only for myself, but for others as well, and especially for those of my fellow accused who have not had the benefit of any education. I think also that when I say “we,” the over whelming majority of non-white people in South West Africa would like to be included.
We are far away from our homes; not a single member of our families has come to visit us, never mind be present at our trial. The Pretoria jail, the police headquarters at Compol, where we were interrogated and where statements were extracted from us, and this Court are all we have seen of Pretoria. We have been cut off from our people and the world. We all wondered whether the head-men would have repeated some of their lies if our people had been present in Court to hear them.
The South African government has again shown its strength by detaining us for as long as it pleased; keeping some of us in solitary confinement for three hundred to four hundred days and bringing us to its capitol to try us.

Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET
Images from 'Grensoorlog' series, produced by Linda de Jager, reproduced with kind permission from MNET

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