Field Marshal Jan Smuts of South Africa. Smuts signed the Paris Peace Treaty, resolving the peace in Europe, thus becoming the only signatory of both the treaty ending the First World War, and that ending the Second.
And here they are - two fellow Legionnaires, the two great prime ministers of Great Britain and South Africa, Prime Ministers, Winston Churchill and Field Marshal Jan Smuts, in the garden of 10 Downing Street, London, on 5 October 1943.
Allied leaders - Jan Christiaan Smuts (24 May 1870 – 11 September 1950) was a prominent South African and British Commonwealth statesman, military leader and philosopher. He was the only person to sign each of the peace treaties ending the First and Second World Wars. In addition to holding various cabinet posts, he served as Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa from 1919 until 1924 and from 1939 until 1948. He was a supporter of racial segregation and white minority rule.
Five Commonwealth Prime Ministers and the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, General Dwight D Eisenhower of the US Army, during a halt of the train taking them to inspect Allied troops just before the Normandy Landings. From left to right: William Lyon Mackenzie King (PM of Canada), Winston Churchill (PM of the UK), Peter Fraser (PM of New Zealand), Eisenhower, Godfrey Huggins (PM of Southern Rhodesia) and Jan Christian Smuts (PM of South Africa). Photographer unidentified.
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Er rekrutierte jeden, der ein Gewehr halten konnte: Mit nur 17.000 Mann und einer gewieften Taktik hielt General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck vier Jahre eine alliierte Übermacht in Ostafrika in Schach. Nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg wurde er als Kriegsheld gefeiert. Doch in seinem sinnlosen Krieg starben mehr als 120.000 Menschen.