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 Voortrekkerhoogte, South Africa
Allegiance  Republic of South Africa
Service/branch  South African Army
Years of service 1936 – 1963
Rank Major-General
Commands held

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 Transvaal Command and Officer Commanding Northern Command (South Africa).

He served as Army Chief of Staff from 1959 to 1963,[2] when he took early retirement.[3]:92 He returned to active duty for a few years in the 1970s, as a staff officer with the South African Special Forces.

Awards and Decorations[edit]

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. ^ 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. 

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. 

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External image
Gravestone of Genl. Maj. Sybrand Abraham Engelbrecht in Voortrekkerhoogte military cemetery.
Military offices
Preceded by
Nick Bierman
Army Chief of Staff
1959 – 1963
Succeeded by
Petrus Jacobs
Preceded by
Petrus Jacobs
Commandant SA Army College
1956 – 1957
Succeeded by
PD de Lange
Preceded by
GN Nauhaus
OC Western Transvaal Command
1955 – 1956
Succeeded by
GP Jacobs
Preceded by
OC Northern Command (South Africa)
Succeeded by
New Dean Military Academy
1950 – 1951
Succeeded by
Melt van Niekerk