Jürgen Bennecke - Jürgen Bennecke

Jürgen Bennecke, 1968

Jürgen Arthur Konrad Max Bennecke (born September 12, 1912 in Halberstadt , † July 17, 2002 in Müllheim ) was a German officer, most recently in the rank of general . He was NATO Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Forces Central Europe (CINCENT).



Bennecke was born the son of an officer (later a farmer). After graduation in 1930 Bennecke resigned as an officer cadet in the Regiment Infantry 12th in Halberstadt Reichswehr one.

From 1931 to 1933 he attended the infantry school in Dresden. In 1933/34 he was a company officer in the 12th Infantry Regiment in Quedlinburg and in 1934/35 adjutant in the Glogau Infantry Regiment.


From 1935 to 1938 he was adjutant in Infantry Regiment 54 in Freistadt. In 1938/39 he was company commander in the 83rd Infantry Regiment in Hirschberg. In March 1939 he passed the examination at the War Academy . In 1939/40 he was adjutant in Infantry Regiment 183 of the 62nd Infantry Division . In 1940/41 he attended the 3rd General Staff Course at the War Academy in Berlin. In 1941 he was id with Army Group A , later transferred to Army Group South . In 1943 he stayed in the Führerreserve . He fought on the Western Front, in the Balkans and on the Eastern Front. From March 25, 1943 to September 30, 1944 he was 1st General Staff Officer (Ia) of the 100th Jäger Division, Before the end of the war, Bennecke became Deputy 1st General Staff Officer of Army Group Center . In May 1945 he became a US / British prisoner of war .

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From 1947 to 1952 he worked in agriculture, among other things as farm manager in Kaltenberge.

After the war, Bennecke was appointed to the Blank office in 1952 . He was chief group leader of the coordination committee Colonel a. D. Fett at the Interim Committee of the European Defense Community in Paris. In 1953 he became head of department and in 1955 sub-department head in the Federal Ministry of Defense . In 1955 he was taken over as a colonel in the Bundeswehr . From 1958 to 1960 he was in command of the 16 Panzer Grenadier Brigade in Flensburg . From 1960 to 1963 he was active in the command staff of the army as head of the training subdivision (FüH IV). He was Major General from April 1, 1963 to September 30, 1964and division commander of the 7th Panzer Grenadier Division in Unna . On October 1, 1964, he became commander of the command academy of the Bundeswehr in Hamburg with the rank of major general. From October 1, 1966, he was commanding general of the 1st Corps in Munster .

On March 15, 1968, he was promoted to general. [1] From 1 July 1968 to 30 September 1973 he was NATO -Oberbefehlshaber the Allied Forces Central Europe Center ( CINCENT Commander in Chief, Allied Forces Central Europe - AFCENT -) in Brunssum (Netherlands). There he gained merit in implementing the NATO strategy of "flexible response" (English: Flexible Response ) by building up a military command organization. Bennecke retired on October 1, 1973.


From 1978 to 1983 he was President of the Gesellschaft für Wehrkunde e. V. (GfW) in Constance . He also took on a teaching position for strategy at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg . He was also an expert in the Guillaume trial.

He was married and had four children.



after 1945


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predecessor Office successor
Johann Adolf Graf von Kielmansegg Commander in Chief, Allied Forces Central Europe
Ernst Ferber