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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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Nel, J.C., Captain
Officer of the Christiana Commando; recipient of the De Wet Decoration, in 1970

South Africa
Nel, W.J., Warrant Officer 1st Class
Command Sergeant Major of the Orange Free State Command in 1971

South Africa
Nel, P.J., (TSC), Major
Officer of the Technical Service Corps, promoted to the substantive rank of Major with effect from 1 October 1971

South Africa
Nel, Gert, Brigadier
Second-in-Command of the South West African Territory Force (SWATF) circa 1987

South Africa
Nel, H.F., Captain (SAN)
Dean of the Military Academy circa 1978/1979

South Africa
Nunda, Geraldo Sachipengo, Army General
Chief of Staff of the FAA (Angolan Armed Forces) from 7 October 2010; part of the unification of former MPLA FAPLA and UNITA FALA, as he was from UNITA FALA

Angola, MPLA
Nagel, D.B., Lieutenant
A Troop Commander of Charlie Squadron of 1 Special Service Battalion, circa 1985/86

South Africa
Nauhaus, G.N., OBE SA St C (Army), Colonel
Officer Commanding Western Province Command from 1959 to 11 January 1960

South Africa
Norton, H.N., Commandant
Officer Commanding 6 South African Infantry Battalion from 1963 to 1966

South Africa
Nel, E.J.J., Commandant
Officer Commanding 6 South African Infantry Battalion from 1972 to 1976

South Africa
Niemann, J.R., Major
Senior Officer in charge of Transport, Building and Works of the Eastern Province Command, in 1971

South Africa
Nortmann, L.H. (Hannes), SAAC, Lieutenant
Third year student (Course G80) at the Military Academy, in 1980

South Africa
Nel, M.J., Captain
Chief Instrictor (GD) of the School of Signals, at Voortrekkerhoogte, in 1969

South Africa
Nel, Gert ("Raas Nel"), Colonel
Officer Commanding Sector 20 Headquarters from 1979 to 1980

South Africa
Nawn, J.H., Major
Officer Commanding the State President's Guard from 15 January 1980 to 31 December 1981

South Africa
Nortj‚, E.P., Warrant Officer 2nd Class
Warrant Officer attending the Senior Warrant Officer Course (G16 8901) at the South African Army College, from 23 January 1989 to 24 February 1989

South Africa
Nammock, John
A British mercenary that had gone to Angola to fight the MPLA-supporting Cuban troops, fighting as mercenaries with the South African-backed rebel movement FNLA; captured with nine other British mercenaries and three Americans in 1976; convicted in June 1976 and sentenced to 16 years (four of the mercenaries were sentenced to death, and the three British and the American were executed in Luanda, Angola, on 10 July 1976 - the other nine having drawn long prison sentences); released unexpectedly on 28 February 1984 with six other British mercenaries, after spending eight years in an Angolan prison for fighting alongside South African-backed anti-communist rebels.

Ntlokwana, V.D., Colonel
Officer Commanding the School of Tactical Intelligence (formerly the SA Intelligence School) from 8 December 2004 to 1 March 2008

South Africa
Nel, G.J., Captain
Adjudant of 1 Parachute Battalion in 1968

South Africa
Nel, G.P., Warrant Officer 1st Class
Former Regimental Sergeant Major of Durban South Commando

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...
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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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