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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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Upton, C.P., (SAIC), Major
Officer of the South African Infantry Corps, promoted to the substantive rank of Major with effect from 1 October 1971

South Africa
Uys, P.D., Captain
Officer attending the Battery Commanders Course SAA (Fd) (PF) (Course A1764) at the Gunnery Wing of the School of Artillery from 13 Augusr 1973 until 5 October 1973

South Africa
Unknown, ?.?., Brigadier
Officer Commanding Cape Command (later became Western Province Command) from 3 October 1937 to 30 June 1939

South Africa
Uulenga, Benjamin Chrispus
Member of the South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) convicted of armed infiltration of his country on 15 July 1977; he received 15 years in prison.

Uys, J.P., Captain
Instructor at the Platoon Commanders Course (7731) at Danie Theron Combat School, Diskobolos, Kimberley, in 1977

South Africa
Ueckermann, R.H., Warrant Officer 1st Class
Regimental Sergeant Major of 1 South African Infantry Battalion from 1969 to 1972

South Africa
Uys, D., Commandant
Officer Commanding Regiment North Natal, of the Natal Command, from 1967 to 1971

South Africa
Ueberroth, Peter
Executive Director of the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics Organizing Committee

Ueckerman, Lars, Warrant Officer 1st Class
Regimental Sergeant Major of 32 Battalion from 1979 to 1981

South Africa
Ueckermann, J.P., Warrant Officer First Class
Regimental Sergeant Major of 3 South African Infantry Battalion from 1 Jan 1982 to 5 Dec 1982

South Africa
Ueckermann, R.H., Warrant Officer 1st Class
Garrison / Command Sergeant Major of the Natal Command (Natal Cmd) from 1 Jun 1971 to 30 Apr 1974

South Africa
Ulenga, Benjamin Uulenga
Played an influential role in the independence struggle of Namibia against South African apartheid rule. He joined the People's Liberation Army of Namibia in 1974 but was later captured after being wounded in combat and sentenced to 15 years in prison, which he spent on Robben Island. He was released in 1985; He was a SWAPO member of the Constituent Assembly, which was in place from November 1989 to March 1990. After independence, he was a SWAPO member of the National Assembly from 1990 to 1996
Ullman, P., Lieutenant
Founding member of the Hunter Group in 1968

South Africa
Ulyanov, Vladimir Ilyich "Lenin"
Russian communist revolutionary, politician, and political theorist; Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars of the Soviet Union from 1917 to 1924
Upton, C.P. (Coen), Major
Officer Commanding 31 Battalion (later renamed to 201 Battalion), at Omega, from 1977 until 1978

South Africa
Ustinov, Dmitri F.
Soviet Minister of Defense

Uushona, David
Discipline Commander and Commander of the Police of the Armed Forces of the People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), and a member of the SWAPO Military Council.

Uys, M.J., SM AFC, Colonel
Chief Intelligence Officer of the South African Defence Force from 2 Feb 1961 - 22 Dec 1961

South Africa
Uys, P.B., Major
SAAF pilot with Battle Group Foxbat in Oct 1975, during Operation Savannah; killed with three other South Africans when the UNITA supplied Beechcraft Baron he was flying, known as "Dinky Toy", crashed in Central Angola while on an aerial reconnaissance mission on 29 October 1975, during Operation Savannah. The aircraft crashed 6km north of Norton de Matos.

South Africa
Uys, G.F., Commandant
Officer Commanding 911 Battalion of the South West African Territory Force (SWATF), at Luipaardsvallei near Windhoek, cirtca 1987

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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