Lieutenant-General Jacobus Nicolaas "Nick" Bierman SSA SM CBE (1910 – 1977) was a South African military commander. He played one Rugby Test Match for the Springbok team in 1931
Military careerHe joined the South African Army in 1934. During World War II he served in North Africa, and 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 DecorationsIn 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.
He was also awarded the Bronze Star