|Jacobus Nicolaas "Nick" Bierman|
SSA SM CBE
|Born||13 February 1910|
|Died||8 June 1977(aged 67)|
|Place of birth||Potchefstroom|
|Place of death||Potchefstroom|
|Service/branch||South African Army|
|Years of service||1934-1967|
Army Chief of Staff|
General Officer Commanding Joint Combat Forces
He joined the South African Army in 1934. During World War II he served in North Africa, and was commanded the artillery of the South African 6th Armoured Division in Italy. He served as Army Chief of Staff from 1958 to 1959, as Inspector-General from 1959 to 1960, as Director of Planning and Operations from 1960 to 1965, and as General Officer Commanding Joint Combat Forces (GOCJCF), co-ordinating Army and Air Force operations and training, from 1965 to 1967. As GOCJCF, he was the third-highest-ranking officer in the South African Defence Force's Supreme Command.
Awards and Decorations
In 1945 then Brigadier Bierman was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire. The notice in the London Gazette reads as follows:
The KING has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following promotions in, and appointments to, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy:
To be Additional Commanders of the Military Division of the said Most Excellent Order:
Brigadier (temporary) Jacobus Nicolas Bierman (105970V), South African Forces.
- Uys, Ian (1992). South African Military Who's Who 1452-1992. Fortress Publishers. p. 19. ISBN 0-9583173-3-X.
|Chief of the South African Army
1958 – 1959
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