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Christian Egbaart Gerhardus (Papa Pat) Brits

Male - about 1962

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  • Name Christian Egbaart Gerhardus (Papa Pat) Brits 
    Gender Male 
    Death about 1962  Hospital, Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • died age about age 61/62
      had a big military funeral

      PRESIDENT STEYN, Regiment
      One of the principal Citizen Force regiments in the Orange Free State . It is an Afrikaans-medium unit, formed on 1st April 1934 under the command of Lt.-Col. C. G. F. Richter, formerly commandant of the Bloemfontein Town Commando. Soon after its establishment, a company was also formed at Brandfort.
      Lt.-Col. C. E. G. Brits took over command of Regiment President Steyn shortly before the final Battle of Alamein in October 1942, when the whole battalion operated as a single unit for the first time, with a total of 66 machine-guns firing at the same time. Returning to South Africa with the 1st S.A. Division, the regiment was reformed as an armoured unit early in 1943, under command of Lt.-Col. A. S. Nel, who remained in command when the unit was amalgamated with Regiment Botha on 16th August 1943 as the Regiment Botha/President Steyn.
      The South African Military History Society
      Military History Journal - Vol 4 No 2
      Museum News
      Tour of the 6th S.A. Division’s battlefields in Italy
      At Sinalunga one was reminded of the legendary Papa Brits telling the Germans over his tank radio to ‘get off my b..... air, don’t you know I’m fighting a war!’
      "PAPA BRITS"
      One day Lt col "Papa" Brits, Officer Commanding Special Service Brigade (SSB) - an armour unit, had to attend a meeting with Sir Pierre van Rhyneveldt. The meeting was urgent and Papa's driver had to drive pretty fast. As the base was left, an MP named "Pine" Pienaar appeared on his Harley-Davidson, and indicated to the driver that he must pull over. "Pine" was known as the "Terror of Pretoria" and displayed no mercy for anyone contravening regulations and rules.

      "Pine" was however a previous member of the SSB and was wary of "Papa" Brits. Blissfully unaware that "Papa" was seated in the rear of the vehicle, he put his head into the car and began to read extracts from the road traffic ordinance.
      "Papa" let rip in his usual style, "Pine, what do you want hey?, get lost!". After a terrified "Oh god, Papa", "Pine" hurriedly retreated and "Papa" commented "Pine is still afraid of Papa".

      Story related by Mr Johan Strohfeldt
      Published in the SA Armoured Corps 50th Birthday Commemorative Publication
    Person ID I7744  Houliston Family Tree
    Last Modified 25 August 2007 

    Father Living 
    Family ID F2667  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 1 Living 
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    Family ID F2666  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 Muriel (Babs) Jenkins   bur. 1 December 1984, Transvaal, South Africa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2410  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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