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Senior Lecturer in Military History, Stellenbosch University

Evert Kleynhans is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Military History at the Faculty of Military Science of Stellenbosch University. He is also the Editor of the journal Scientia Militaria: South African Journal of Military Studies, and he serves as the Assistant Director of the Southern African Chapter of the Second World War Research Group.

He holds a PhD in Military Sciences from Stellenbosch University, and has published a wide range of refereed academic articles in national and international journals and chapters in books. His first book for the popular market, Hitler's Spies: Secret agents and the intelligence war in South Africa, was published by Jonathan Ball in 2021.

His research interest, and potential supervision, includes the full extent of the South African participation in the world wars, the impact of weather and terrain on warfare in Africa, counterinsurgency warfare in Africa, and the wider milieu of war and society in Africa.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Military History, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch University
  • 2018–2019
    Head: Record, Archives and Museum Division, North-West University
  • 2015–2018
    Institutional Archivist, North-West University
  • 2006–2015
    Military Practitioner (Armour Officer & Military Historian), SANDF


  • 2018 
    Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University, PhD in Military Science (Military History)
  • 2014 
    Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University, MMil in Military History
  • 2011 
    Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University, BMil Hons in Military History
  • 2009 
    Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University, BMil in Security and Africa Studies


  • 2021
    Counterinsurgency in South Africa: the Afrikaner Rebellion, 1914–1915, Small Wars & Insurgencies
  • 2021
    Combat at high altitude: The South African Experience in East Africa, 1941, International Journal of Military History and Historiography
  • 2021
    Hitler’s Spies: Secret Agents and the Intelligence War in South Africa, Jonathan Ball
  • 2020
    Legislative disconnect or institutional gatekeeping? Challenges of researching South Africa's military past, Scientia Militaria
  • 2020
    A protracted picnic? The wartime experience of Arthur Bintliff in Madagascar, 1942, Sight, Sounds, Memories: The South African Soldier Experience of the Second World War
  • 2019
    The Kavango Jeugbeweging and the South African counterinsurgency campaign in Namibia, In Different Times: The War for Southern Africa, 1966-1989
  • 2018
    The South African Offensive Operations in Southern Abyssinia, 1940-1941, International Journal of Military History and Historiography
  • 2018
    The Apostles of Terror: South Africa, the East African Campaign, and the Battle of El Wak, Historia
  • 2018
    A historical analysis of the influence of climate and terrain on the South African military operations in East Africa, 1940-1941, African Military Geosciences: Military History and the Physical Environment
  • 2016
    A critical analysis of the impact of water on the South African campaign in German South West Africa, 1914 -1915, Historia
  • 2016
    Deneys Reitz, the Union Defence Force (UDF), and the First World War: An Appreciation of the Department of Defence Archival Holdings, 1914-1918, Scientia Militaria
  • 2016
    ‘Good Hunting’: German Submarine Offensives and South African Countermeasures off the South African Coast during the Second World War-1945, Scientia Militaria
  • 2015
    The South African Invasion of German South West Africa , 1914-1918 – Online. International Encyclopaedia of the First World War
  • 2013
    When Innovation Becomes Critical: An Overview of South African Armour in the Second World War, South African Army Journal
  • 2012
    The First South African Armoured Battle in Italy during the Second World War: The Battle of Celleno – 10 June 1944, Scientia Militaria
  • 2012
    61 Tunnelling Company: South African Miners in the Middle East during the Second World War, Journal for Contemporary History

Professional Memberships

  • Historical Association of South Africa
  • The Second World War Research Group