Christiaan du Toit

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Christiaan Ludolph de Wet du Toit
Christiaan du Toit.jpg
Born(1901-09-23)23 September 1901
Died14 August 1982(1982-08-14) (aged 80)
AllegianceSouth Africa
Service/branchSouth African Army
Years of service1924–1956
RankLieutenant General
Commands heldChief of the General Staff of the Union Defence Force
Director-General of Land Forces
Western Transvaal Command
1st Armoured Brigade
2nd Infantry Brigade
Battles/warsSecond World War
AwardsDistinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches

Lieutenant General Christiaan Ludolph de Wet du Toit, DSO (23 September 1901[1] – 14 August 1982) was a South African military commander.

Military career[edit]

Du Toit joined the South African Army as an artilleryman in 1924.

During the Second World War, he commanded divisional artillery in East Africa and North Africa, before commanding the 2nd Infantry Brigade in 1942 and the 1st Armoured Brigade from 1943 to 1945.[2] For his service, De Toit was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and Mentioned in Despatches.

De Toit served as Director-General of Land Forces,[3] the head of the South African Army, from 1948 to 1950, and as Chief of the General Staff of the Union Defence Force, from 1950 to 1956.


  1. ^ Uys, Ian (1992). South African Military Who's Who 1452–1992. Fortress Publishers. p. 77. ISBN 0-9583173-3-X.
  2. ^ "Biography of Lieutenant-General Christiaan Ludolph de Wet Du Toit (1901 – 1982), South Africa". Retrieved 2018-10-19.
  3. ^ Lillie, A.C. (1982). "THE ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN ARMY". South African Journal of Military Studies. 12 (2).
Military offices
Preceded by
Leonard Beyers
Chief of the General Staff of the Union Defence Force
Succeeded by
Hendrik Klopper
New title Director-General of Land Forces
Preceded by
as Officer Commanding
Voortrekkerhoogte and Transvaal Command
Officer Commanding Western Transvaal Command
Succeeded by
Jock Kriegler