One of the last great South African Generals - Constand Viljoen - also known as "stofstrepie"

One of the last great South African Generals - Constand Viljoen - also known as "stofstrepie"

This Day in History: Sep Gen. Louis Botha, soldier, statesman and first prime minister of the Union of South Africa, is born.

Princess Elizabeth, General Jan Smuts, King George VI, Queen Elizabeth I (Queen Mother) and Princess Margaret stand at the foot of Table Mountain - Cape Town, South Africa, 1947

Princess Elizabeth General Jan Smuts King George VI Queen Elizabeth I (Queen Mother) and Princess Margaret stand at the foot of Table Mountain - Cape Town South Africa 1947

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.

And here they are - two fellow Legionnaires, the two great prime ministers of…

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Original Life Magazine from November 1943 - South Africa's Jan Smuts

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Original Life Magazine from November 1943 - South Africa's Jan Smuts

Winston Churchill with Field Marshal Jan Smuts, of the Imperial War Cabinet, (right) and Field Marshal Sir Alan Brooke, CIGS (Chief of the Imperial General Staff), on board the destroyer conveying his party to Normandy, 12 June 1944.

Winston Churchill with Field Marshal Jan Smuts, of the Imperial War Cabinet…

Field Marshal Jan Smuts, Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa, standing in front of a Lockheed Lodestar aircraft of No. 234 Squadron SAAF.

Field Marshal Jan Smuts, Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa, standing in front of a Lockheed Lodestar aircraft of No. 234 Squadron SAAF.

Field Marshal Jan Smuts, Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa, standing in front of a Lockheed Lodestar aircraft of No. 234 Squadron SAAF.

Field Marshal Jan Smuts, Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa, standing in front of a Lockheed Lodestar aircraft of No. 234 Squadron SAAF.

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