Christiaan du Toit

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Christiaan ('Matie') Ludolph de Wet du Toit
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Born (1901-09-23)23 September 1901
Died 14 August 1982(1982-08-14) (aged 80)
Allegiance South Africa
Service/branch  South African Army
Years of service 1924 – 1956
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held Chief of the General Staff
Battles/wars World War II

Lieutenant-General Christiaan ('Matie') Ludolph de Wet du Toit DSO (1901[1] - 1982) was a South African military commander. He joined the South African Army as an artilleryman in 1924.

Military career[edit]

During World War II he commanded divisional artillery in East Africa and North Africa, before commanding an infantry brigade and an armoured brigade.[2]

He served as Director-General of Land Forces,[3] i.e. head of the army, from 1948 to 1950, and as Chief of the General Staff, i.e. head of the Union Defence Force, from 1950 to 1956.

Awards and Decorations[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Uys, Ian (1992). South African Military Who's Who 1452-1992. Fortress Publishers. p. 77. ISBN 0-9583173-3-X. 
  2. ^
  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
1950 – 1956
Succeeded by
Hendrik Klopper
New title Chief of the South African Army
1948 – 1950
Succeeded by
Hendrik Klopper
Preceded by
Formerly known as Voortrekkerhoogte & Transvaal Command until 3 May 1946
OC Western Transvaal Command
1946 – 1948
Succeeded by
Brig Jock Kriegler