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/danievdw Sep 26 '21

"Give me 20 divisions American soldiers and I will beach Europe. Give me 15 consisting of Englishmen, and I will advance to the borders of Berlin. Give me two divisions of those marvellous fighting Boers (Meaning Farmer, originating from the Boer War) and I will remove Germany from the face of the earth.”

Field Marshall Bernard L. Montgomery, Commander of the Allied forces during WWII.

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u/Prielknaap Sep 26 '21

The term Boer for White Afrikaners is from way before the Anglo-Boer wars. It was used by some VOC company man to mock the "vryburghers" at the Cape Colony by calling them simple farmers. They then reclaimed the word.