Sybrand Engelbrecht (soldier)

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Sybrand Abraham Engelbrecht
Sybrand Engelbrecht.jpg
Born (1913-04-04)4 April 1913
Clanwilliam, Western Cape
Died 6 September 1994(1994-09-06) (aged 81)
Buried at Voortrekkerhoogte, South Africa
Allegiance  Republic of South Africa
Service/branch  South African Army
Years of service 1936 – 1963
Rank Major-General
Commands held Army Chief of Staff

Major-General Sybrand Abraham Engelbrecht SM (Clanwilliam,[1] 4 April 1913 – 6 September 1994) was a South African military commander. He joined the South African Army in June 1936,[1] and was appointed 2nd Lieutenant in January 1937. He attended an Ordnance Officers Course at the Royal Military College of Science from January 1939 to July 1939. He served in World War II in the Middle East.[1]

After the War he served as the Dean of the Military College.[1] He was then SSO Explosives, Deputy Quartermaster General, Officer Commanding North West Transvall Command and Officer Commanding Northern Command.

He served as Army Chief of Staff from 1959 to 1963,[2] when he took early retirement.[3] He returned to active duty for a few years in the 1970s, as a staff officer with the Special Forces.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Jooste, Neil (Editor) (1959). Wie is Wie in Suid Afrika. Vitae Uitgawers. 
  2. ^ "South African Defence Force - Suid Afrikaanse Weermag". Retrieved 8 November 2010. 
  3. ^ C.J. Nöthling, E.M. Meyers (1982). "Leaders through the years". Scientaria Militaria 12 (2): 92. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Els, Paul (2000). We Fear Naught But God: The Story of the South African Special Forces, "The Recces". Covos-Day. ISBN 978-0-620-23891-5. 

External links[edit]

External images
Gravestone of Genl. Maj. Sybrand Abraham Engelbrecht in Voortrekkerhoogte military cemetery.
Military offices
Preceded by
Nick Bierman
Chief of the South African Army
1959 – 1963
Succeeded by
Petrus Jacobs