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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.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A LONG TERM WORK IN PROGRESS WHICH MAY NEVER ACTUALLY BE FULLY COMPLETE! Your help in getting this information recorded here will be much appreciated! Please feel free to post comments.

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Botha, Frans, Warrant Officer 1st Class
Regimental Sergeant Major of 14 Artillery Regiment, at Potchefstroom, in 1989

South Africa
Basson, W.F., Commandant
Officer Commanding Task Force Whiskey during Operation Askari in 1983/84

South Africa
Batista, Joào
A deserter from the Portuguese Army who played an important but short-lived role as commander of the UPA forces in 1961

Angola; UPA
Batista, Lieutenant Colonel
Commander of UNITA's FALA 15th Semi-Regular Battalion in 1987/1988

Angola; UNITA
Badenhorst, "Foffie", Colonel
Intelligence Officer of the South-West African Police (SWAPOL) Special Branch during Operation Yahoo in 1982

South Africa
Boshoff, G.Q., Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Chief Instructor of the electrical section of the Engineering Wing of the School of Technical Training of the SAAF (later renamed to School for Logistics Training), at Lyttleton, in 1975

South Africa
Badenhorst, C.J. (Cas), Sergeant
Non Commissioned Officer of 43 Battery, 4 Field Regiment, at Walvis Bay, as part of 2 South Afican Infantry Battalion Group, in 1968

South Africa
Badenhorst, C.J., Warrant Officer 1st Class
Regimental Sergeant Major of the School of Artillery from 29 February 1984 to 30 April 1987

South Africa
Badenhorst, D., Commandant
SAAF pilot of one of three Canberra bombers that bombed MPLA positions north of Luanda on 10 November 1975

South Africa
Badenhorst, J., Warrant Officer First Class
Probably as the Regimental Sergeant Major of 5 Military Works Unit in 1978

South Africa
Badenhorst, J., Warrant Officer First Class
Regimental Sergeant Major of 1 Military Town Management in 1977

South Africa
Badenhorst, Johannes Jacobus, Sapper
of the SA Engineers Corps, SA Army, recipient of the HONORIS CRUX SILVER (HCS)
South Africa
Badenhorst, R. "Witkop", Lieutenant-General
Chief of Staff Intelligence (CS2) of the South African Defence Force from 1 April 1989, retired 30 November 1991; Member of the Defence Command Council in Nov 1991; (Died: 10 November 2012)

South Africa
Barry, Robert L.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs

Bartholomew, Reginald H.
Deputy Director, Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs, from January until November 1977; member, USSR/East Europe Cluster, National Security Council, from November 1977 until April 1979; Director, Bureau of Politico-Military Affairs from 1979

Basson, Gene, Commandant
Officer Commanding 51 Battalion, at Ruacana, in 1983

South Africa
Bobbert, M.J., Warrant Officer 1st Class
Wing Sergeant-Major of the Course Wing of the School of Intelligence (formerly the SA Intelligence School) from 1997 to 1999

South Africa
Bezuidenhout, S.L., Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Wing Sergeant-Major of the Course Wing of the School of Intelligence (formerly the SA Intelligence School) from 1999 to 2000

South Africa
Badenhorst, P.J., Warrant Officer 1st Class
Regimental Sergeant Major of 2 South African Infantry Battalion Group from 1 Jul 1965 to 10 Jan 1970

South Africa
Badenhorst, P.J.C. (Piet), Warrant Officer 1st Class
Command Sergeant Major of the Western Province Command from 1 April 1981 to 31 July 1986

South Africa

Posted by

Lt Schoemies
on 22 May


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.

Add your suggestions for additional persons involved in the War In Angola here...
Posted by

Lt Schoemies
on 17 August


I just heard that RSM Röhrbeck died at 1pm today [17 Aug 2016]. I never personally met him or knew him, because I was an Artillerist (Gunner), but his reputation as an armour soldier preceded him! Rest In Peace, RSM...
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Lt Schoemies
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
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Lt Schoemies
on 23 January

Linford, Delville, Commandant:

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

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

Our top gunner!
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Lt Schoemies
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
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Lt Schoemies
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.
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Lt Schoemies
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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