Siegfried Haenicke

Siegfried Haenicke (8 September 1878 – 19 February 1946) was a general in the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany during World War II who commanded the XXXVIII Army Corps. He was a recipient of both the Pour le Mérite and Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.

Siegfried Haenicke
Born8 September 1878
Konstanz, German Empire
Died19 February 1946(1946-02-19) (aged 67)
NKVD Special Camp No. 1, Soviet Occupation Zone of Germany
Allegiance Nazi Germany
Years of service1897–32
RankGeneral of the Infantry
Commands held61st Infantry Division
XXXVIII Army Corps
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsPour le Mérite
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

From 30 September 1942, he became military commander of Wehrkreis General Government (Poland), renamed Befehlshaber Heeresgebiet Generalgouvernement in October 1944. In this function, he ordered the participation of the Wehrmacht in the suppression of an uprising of the prisoners in the extermination camp Sobibor in October 1943. On 31 January 1945, he was transferred back to the Führer reserve.

Haenicke was arrested by the Soviets in 1945, and died in 1946 in NKVD Special Camp No. 1.


See alsoEdit



  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 174.


  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6.
Military offices
Preceded by
Commander of 61st Infantry Division
8 August 1939 - 27 March 1942
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Franz Scheidies
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Friedrich-Wilhelm von Chappuis
Commander of XXXVIII Army Corps
23 April 1942 - 29 June 1942
Succeeded by
General der Artillerie Kurt Herzog
Preceded by
General der Kavallerie z.V. Kurt Ludwig Freiherr von Gienanth
Military Commander of the General Government
30 September 1942 - 31 January 1945
Succeeded by