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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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Yáñez, Eduardo Tauriñan
Second in command of the Cuban 71 Tactical Group, at Cuito Cuanavale, between 17 Jan 1988 and 3 Jun 1989

Young, Adam, Staff-Sergeant
Acting Regimental Sergeant-Major of Regiment Langenhoven, at Oudtshoorn, up to 1997

South Africa
Ya France, Ponhele Andrew Mbidi
Went into exile to join the liberation movement in 1974; received military training in Zambia and in December 1974 was sent to Angola to fight on the Northern Front. In 1976 he went to Leninist Komsomol Higher School in the Soviet Union to take up political studies for one year. After his return to Angola he worked as radio announcer for the liberation station Voice of Namibia in Luanda in 1977 and 1978. At the start of the 1980s he secured a scholarship and took up political science and philosophy at the Karl Marx University in East Germany. He graduated in 1985 with a Masters degree. In the late 1980s ya France worked in Angola in different management positions in SWAPO and the Pan African Youth Movement. Shortly before Namibian independence in March 1990 he returned from exile.
Ya Hausiku, Alexander Hamunyekula Omalenga Omkufi Ehamba Oudja
A combatant with the People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN), the military wing of the SWAPO liberation movement. Regional artillery commander at PLAN's North-Western Front Headquarters circa 1975

Ya Nangoloh, Phil
Left Namibia in 1974; worked as a temporary agricultural worker in Angola; later imprisoned in Zaire under the pretext of spying for Rhodesia. As a consequence, he was handed over to SWAPO and transferred to Lusaka. In January 1975 he joined the party and became a member of the People's Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN). Later he was sent to the Soviet Union in order to complete a degree in radio engineering. By a visit to Finland, he came under renewed suspicion of espionage and was finally expelled from the Soviet Union. Then trying to apply for political asylum in Switzerland, failed. In 1981 he went to the U.S. to grant as part of the UN Council for Namibia to study electrical engineering. The late 80s he returned to Namibia. There he was standing up, among other things for the release of detainees by SWAPO in exile.In 1989 he founded the National Society for Human Rights of Namibia (NSHR) now known as Namrights
Ya Ndakolo, Penda
Fought for the Peoples Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN). He studied at the Eastern and Southern Management Institute(ESAMA),and was from 1980-1989 a Specialist in Radio Communication Warfare. He was a SWAPO District Coordinator in 1990-1992
Ya Toivoi, Herman Andimba Toivo
(22 August 1924 - 09 June 2017) 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. ya Toivo served 16 years in prison, on Robben Island. He's consider a liberation struggle icon in Namibia; arrested in 1966 by the South African authorities because of his political activities in support of Namibian independence; sentenced by a Pretorian court to 20 years' imprisonment on 26 January 1968; incarcerated at Robben Island, near Cape Town, where he spent most of his time isolated from his fellow countrymen; released on 1 March 1984.
Yassin, EI-Ayouty
Editor of "The Organization of African Unity after ten years", Londen (1973)

Yengeni, Tony

Yost, Charles W.
 Representative to the United Nations from January 1969 to February 1971

Yost, Robert Lloyd
 Ambassador to Burundi from August 19, 1972 to May 26, 1974


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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.

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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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