Andries Brink

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Andries Jacob Eksteen Brink[1]
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Born (1877-07-21)21 July 1877
Somerset West
Died 17 October 1947(1947-10-17) (aged 70)[2]
Allegiance  South Africa
Service/branch South African Army
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held Chief of the Union Defense Forces
Battles/wars World War I

Andries Jacob Brink CBE DTD DSO (1877 – 1947) was a South African military commander and Lieutenant-General. An Afrikaner veteran of the Anglo-Boer War, he joined the Union Defence Forces as a staff officer in 1912 and served in World War I. He was Chief of the General Staff from 1920 to 1933, initially in command only of Defence HQ but, from 1922, of the whole UDF. He was also Secretary for Defence, i.e. head of the civil service Department of Defence, from 1922 to 1937. From 1937 to 1946 he was Commandant-in-Chief of the Burger Commandos, a home defence organisation.

Awards and Decorations[edit]

On 1 January 1944, Lieutenant-General Brink was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. The Notice in the London Gazette reads as follows:[3]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Uys, Ian (1992). South African Military Who's Who 1452-1992. Fortress Publishers. ISBN 0-9583173-3-X. 
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 36311. p. 57. 31 December 1943. Retrieved 4 January 2015.

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Military offices
New title
Post established
Chief of the General Staff of the Union Defence Force
1922 – 1933
Succeeded by
Sir Pierre van Ryneveld