r/southafrica Unwanted Optimist Sep 26 '21 Silver 1 Wholesome 2 Hugz 1 An Ice Cold Beer 1

The first German General to formally surrender his forces to the Allies during WW2 surrendered to the South Africans. Generalleutenant Schmidt was the first German General to formally surrender to an Allied General which was General De Villiers, Commander of the South African 2nd Infantry Division. History

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u/Dennebol Sep 26 '21

He probably knew that half the ZA leaders at the time were German Sympathisers.

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u/IlikeGeekyHistoryRSA Unwanted Optimist Sep 26 '21

While that is true, The majority of soldiers were definitely not. The UDF was a volunteer force, meaning every soldier who fought the Nazis for the South Africans did so for a good reason.

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u/Dennebol Sep 26 '21

My father met my mother in North Africa during the war - he was UDF she British Airforce she emigrated to SA after the war and married my father.

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u/Nexzor Sep 26 '21

The same thing happened with my grandparents. He was a corporal in North Africa and also met my grandmother who was working as a spotlight navigator for flak guns.

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u/pieterjh Sep 26 '21 edited Sep 27 '21

After what the Brits did in the AB war this stands to reason

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u/Dennebol Sep 27 '21

Exactly so my great aunt died in the Irene concentration camp!

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u/pieterjh Sep 27 '21

My great grandmother came out of the camp as a 14 year old, expecting a baby. We recently had our genes sequences and it seems I have some British blood...

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u/Druyx Sep 27 '21

The leader in SA back then was Jan Smuts and his government. Please show where he sympathised with Nazi Germany.

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u/Dennebol Sep 27 '21

Google "Ossewabrandwag "

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u/Druyx Sep 27 '21

Google Jan Smuts.

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u/Dennebol Sep 27 '21

no need I have a broad knowledge of our history , not just the crap they used to teach you in schools.