veggeneraal, noun

Forms:
Also vechtgeneraal, and with initial capital.
Origin:
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, earlier vecht-generaal, from Dutch vecht- fight- (noun used only in combination, from vechten to fight) + generaal general.
historical
‘Combat general’: the commanding officer of a division of the Boer army during the Anglo-Boer War; also used as a title.
[1900 H.C. Hillegas With Boer Forces 91The head of the army was the Commandant-General...Directly under his authority were the Assistant Commandant-Generals, five of whom were appointed by the Volksraad a short time before the beginning of hostilities. Then in rank were those who were called Vecht-Generals, or fighting generals...Then followed the Commandants, the leaders of the field-cornets of one district whose rank was about that of colonels.]
1902 C.R. De Wet Three Yrs War 35Up to the 9th of December I had only been a Vice-Commandant, but on the morning of that day I received a telegram from States-President Steyn, asking me to go to the Western frontier as Vechtgeneraal.
1933 W.H.S. Bell Bygone Days 279He was..appointed Vecht-generaal of General Meyer’s commando.
1937 C.R. Prance Tante Rebella’s Saga 136Willem Noordeveld, the Field-Cornet and the pre-destined ‘Veg-Generaal’ of the Bobbejaansburg commando.
1940 F.B. Young City of Gold 201Veggeneraal Smit rallied them.
1969 J. Meintjes Sword in Sand 36Cronje readily appointed him a veggeneraal (the equivalent of a Free State commandant, or a brigadier).
1977 O.J.O. Ferreira in Dict. of S. Afr. Biography III. 206He..was offered the rank of ‘veggeneraal’ (combat general).
1986 Grocott’s Mail 4 June 11On 9 December 1899, President Steyn of the Orange Free State, appointed him to the rank of Vecht-Generaal — Fighting General.
‘Combat general’: the commanding officer of a division of the Boer army during the Anglo-Boer War; also used as a title.
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