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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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17026
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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
Posted by

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on 27 January
 

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

Our top gunner!
17164
Posted by

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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
Posted by

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on 13 February

Sass, Bill, Captain:

Information sent in by his son, Billy:
17259
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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
Posted by

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on 17 February
 

Kurochkin, Konstantin, Colonel-General:

Thank you Anatoliy I have changed the 1983 to 1982
17266
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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."
17428
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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
Posted by

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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
Posted by

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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

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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