Inspector General of the Bundeswehr

The Inspector General of the Bundeswehr (German: Generalinspekteur der Bundeswehr, GenInspBw), officially translated as Chief of Defence, is the highest-ranking military post held by a commissioned officer in the Bundeswehr, the present-day armed forces of Germany.

Inspector General of the Bundeswehr
Generalinspekteur der Bundeswehr
Flagge Generalinspekteur Bundeswehr.svg
Flag of the Inspector General of the Bundeswehr
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Incumbent
General Eberhard Zorn

since 19 April 2018
Federal Ministry of Defence
StatusActive
AbbreviationGenInspBw
Member ofMinistry of Defence Executive Group
Reports toFederal Minister of Defence
PrecursorOberkommando der Wehrmacht
Formation1 June 1957
First holderGeneral Adolf Heusinger
Deputy Deputy General Inspector of the Bundeswehr
WebsiteOfficial Website

All Inspectors General have been of the rank of a (four-star) general or admiral, and they head the Führungsstab der Streitkräfte, the German Defence Staff within the Federal Ministry of Defence, and is the direct military advisor to the Federal Minister of Defence who is the peacetime holder of the supreme command authority (German: Inhaber der Befehls- und Kommandogewalt). He is responsible for the overall military defense concept of the Bundeswehr, including the overall planning, preparation, as well as assessment of the whole Bundeswehr operations. [1]

Subordinate to the Inspector General are the commanders of the branches of the Bundeswehr, the Inspector of the Army, Inspector of the Air Force, and Inspector of the Navy, and the commanders of the Joint Support Service and Joint Medical Service.

Title and translationsEdit

While official translations of the position is "Chief of Defence",[2] the German term "Generalinspekteur" – "Inspector General" – was specifically created to avoid the term of "Generalstabschef" ("Chief of General Staff") deemed historically compromised.[citation needed] When the Bundeswehr was created in 1955, many traditional military terms were considered inappropriate after the German Wehrmacht's conduct in World War II. Therefore, Federal German Bundeswehr has no "General Staff", but the "Army Command" ("Kommando Heer").

List of officeholdersEdit

No. Inspector General Took office Left office Time in office Defence branch Federal Minister of Defence
1Heusinger, AdolfGeneral
Adolf Heusinger
(1897–1982)
1 June 195731 March 19613 years, 303 days 
Army
Strauß, Franz JosefFranz Josef Strauß
(1966 – 1969)
2Foertsch, FriedrichGeneral
Friedrich Foertsch
(1900–1976)
1 April 196131 December 19632 years, 274 days 
Army
Strauß, Franz JosefFranz Josef Strauß
(1966 – 1969)
Kai-Uwe von Hassel
(1963 – 1966)
3Trettner, HeinrichGeneral
Heinz Trettner
(1907–2006)
1 January 196425 August 19662 years, 236 days 
Army
von Hassel, Kai-UweKai-Uwe von Hassel
(1963 – 1966)
4de Maizière, UlrichGeneral
Ulrich de Maizière
(1912–2006)
25 August 196631 March 19725 years, 219 days 
Army
von Hassel, Kai-UweKai-Uwe von Hassel
(1963 – 1966)
Gerhard Schröder
(1966 – 1969)
Helmut Schmidt
(1969 – 1972)
5Zimmermann, ArminAdmiral
Armin Zimmermann
(1917–1976)
1 April 197230 November 19764 years, 243 days 
Navy
Leber, GeorgGeorg Leber
(1972 – 1978)
6Wust, HaraldGeneral
Harald Wust
(1921–2010)
21 December 197611 December 19781 year, 355 days 
Air Force
Leber, GeorgGeorg Leber
(1972 – 1978)
7Brandt, JürgenGeneral
Jürgen Brandt
(1922–2003)
12 December 197831 March 19834 years, 109 days 
Army
Apel, HansHans Apel
(1978 – 1982)
Manfred Wörner
(1982 – 1988)
8Altenburg, WolfgangGeneral
Wolfgang Altenburg
(born 1928)
1 April 198330 September 19863 years, 182 days 
Army
Wörner, ManfredManfred Wörner
(1982 – 1988)
9Wellershoff, DieterAdmiral
Dieter Wellershoff
(1933–2005)
1 October 198630 September 19914 years, 364 days 
Navy
Wörner, ManfredManfred Wörner
(1982 – 1988)
Rupert Scholz
(1988 – 1989)
Gerhard Stoltenberg
(1989 – 1992)
10Naumann, KlausGeneral
Klaus Naumann
(born 1939)
1 October 19918 February 19964 years, 130 days 
Army
Stoltenberg, GerhardGerhard Stoltenberg
(1989 – 1992)
Volker Rühe
(1992 – 1998)
11Bagger, HartmutGeneral
Hartmut Bagger
(born 1938)
8 February 199631 March 19993 years, 51 days 
Army
Rühe, VolkerVolker Rühe
(1992 – 1998)
Rudolf Scharping
(1998 – 2002)
12von Kirchbach, Hans-PeterGeneral
Hans-Peter von Kirchbach
(born 1941)
1 April 199930 June 20001 year, 90 days 
Army
Scharping, RudolfRudolf Scharping
(1998 – 2002)
13Kujat, HaraldGeneral
Harald Kujat
(born 1942)
1 July 200030 June 20021 year, 364 days 
Air Force
Scharping, RudolfRudolf Scharping
(1998 – 2002)
14Schneiderhan, WolfgangGeneral
Wolfgang Schneiderhan
(born 1946)
1 July 200226 November 20097 years, 148 days 
Army
Scharping, RudolfRudolf Scharping
(1998 – 2002)
Peter Struck
(2002 – 2005)
Franz Josef Jung
(2005 – 2009)
Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg
(2009 – 2011)
-Dora, Johann-GeorgLieutenant General
Johann-Georg Dora
(born 1948)
Acting
27 November 200921 January 201055 days 
Air Force
zu Guttenberg, Karl-TheodorKarl-Theodor zu Guttenberg
(2009 – 2011)
15Wieker, VolkerGeneral
Volker Wieker
(born 1954)
21 January 201019 April 20188 years, 88 days 
Army
zu Guttenberg, Karl-TheodorKarl-Theodor zu Guttenberg
(2009 – 2011)
Thomas de Maizière
(2011 – 2013)
Ursula von der Leyen
(2013 – 2019)
16Zorn, EberhardGeneral
Eberhard Zorn
(born 1960)
19 April 2018Incumbent1 year, 345 days 
Army
von der Leyen, UrsulaUrsula von der Leyen
(2013 – 2019)
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
(since 2019)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.bmvg.de/en/organisation/the-chief-of-defence
  2. ^ "The Chief of Defence". bmvg.de. The German Government. Retrieved 14 September 2017.

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