Nick Bierman

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Jacobus Nicolaas "Nick" Bierman
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Born (1910-02-13)13 February 1910[1]
Died 8 June 1977(1977-06-08) (aged 67) [2]
Allegiance South Africa
Service/branch South African Army
Years of service 1934-1967
Rank Lieutenant General
Service number 105970V
Commands held
  • Army Chief of Staff
  • Inspector-General
  • GOC Joint Combat Forces

Lieutenant-General Jacobus Nicolaas "Nick" Bierman SSA SM CBE (1910–1977) was a South African military commander. He played one Rugby Test Match for the Springbok team in 1931[2][3]:89

Military career[edit]

He joined the South African Army in 1934.[3]:89 During World War II he served in North Africa, and commanded the artillery of the South African 6th Armoured Division in Italy.

He served as Army Chief of Staff from 1958 to 1959,[3]:89 as Inspector-General from 1959 to 1960,[3]:89 as Director of Planning and Operations from 1960 to 1965,[3]:89 and as General Officer Commanding Joint Combat Forces (GOCJCF), co-ordinating Army and Air Force operations and training, from 1965 to 1967. As GOCJCF, he was the third-highest-ranking officer in the South African Defence Force's Supreme Command.

Awards and Decorations[edit]

In 1945 then Brigadier Bierman was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire. The notice in the London Gazette reads as follows:

The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following promotions in, and appointments to, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy:
To be Additional Commanders of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:
Brigadier (temporary) Jacobus Nicolas Bierman (105970V), South African Forces.

He was also awarded the Bronze Star[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Uys, Ian (1992). South African Military Who's Who 1452-1992. Fortress Publishers. p. 19. ISBN 0-9583173-3-X. 
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ a b c d e Nöthling, C.J.; Meyers, E.M. (1982). "LEIERS DEUR DIE JARE (1912-1982)" (Online). Scientia Militaria - South African Journal of Military Studies (in Afrikaans). 12 (2): 89–98. ISSN 2224-0020. doi:10.5787/12-2-631. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "No. 37039". The London Gazette (Supplement). April 1945. p. 2067. 
  5. ^ "No. 38459". The London Gazette (Supplement). November 1948. p. 6060. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Pieter Grobbelaar
Chief of the South African Army
1958 – 1959
Succeeded by
Sybrand Engelbrecht
Preceded by
Brig Jock B. Kriegler
OC Western Transvaal Command
1950 – 1953
Succeeded by
Col GN Nauhaus
Preceded by
Lt Col Frank Harpur
OC 4 Field Regiment
1945 – 1947
Succeeded by
Lt Col GP Jacobs