OTL i.G./ Bw-General Jürgen Bennecke

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OTL i.G./ Bw-General Jürgen Bennecke

Post by Woolno » 20 Jan 2008 08:43

This is my first post to this forum.

I am attempting to find out more about Gen. Jürgen Benneke. He is shown on the list above as having the Iron Cross, 1st Class (forgive me if I am mis-classifying it).

I once had the honor of meeting him when he was Chief of Nato forces, on official visit to the U.S. I understood he commanded an Infantry Division during WWII and would like to find out which one and possibly where that unit was.

I appreciate any information you could give me.

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Post by Doktor Krollspell » 20 Jan 2008 15:04

Hello Woolno!

Jürgen Bennecke recieved the DKiG (German Cross in Gold) on 31.01.1945 as an Oberstleutnant i.G. in the 100. Jäger-Division. This is an higher award and ranks between the Iron Cross, 1st Class and the Knight's Cross.

And about the whereabouts and deeds of the 100. Jäger-Division, see the following link...

http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Gli ... JagDiv.htm


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Post by Woolno » 20 Jan 2008 18:23

Dear Krollspell

Thank you for your reply. I had not realized there was the gold cross. I knew of the Knights Cross and Jewels and have even seen Adolf Galland's on display in Az. I have always thought the American Congressional Medal of Honor should be worn like the Iron Cross (1st class and above) in what we call "Class A" uniform (greens for the Army), instead of the ribbon version with all the other ribbons.

I had originally been told that he was Division Commander, but your note shows him as winning the cross in January 1945 as a Lt. Col. Since the war was over (in Europe) in April, I guess it is doubtful he made general in that time.

Thanks for the site. Although my German is not really up to a full translation, it looks like the division spent the whole war in the Balkins.

My father was a regimental commander in WWII in Europe and was in the Battle of the Bulge and at Remagen (sp). I was an army helicopter pilot during Viet Nam.

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Ken

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Post by Doktor Krollspell » 20 Jan 2008 20:10

Hello Ken!

After searching, albeit very quickly, on the Net I found a Wikipedia reference on that Bennecke's last wartime position was that of acting First Generalstaboffizier, Ia, in Heeresgruppe "Mitte", see link...

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%BCrgen_Bennecke


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Post by Doktor Krollspell » 22 Jan 2008 18:57

I just found that Jürgen Bennecke was one of the very few recipients of both the DKiG and the DKiS (German Cross in Silver). Bennecke recieved the DkiS on 15.02.1943 as a Major i.G. with the Ob.Kdo. HGru 8.

Does anyone have a, or know of a wartime photograph of Jürgen Bennecke showing both the German Crosses?


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Re: OTL i.G./ Bw-General Jürgen Bennecke

Post by Jan-Hendrik » 02 Apr 2008 05:46

The last position I found was as Generalleutnant der Bundeswehr being Kommandeur des I.Korps in Münster 01.1066- 14.01.68, he succeeded GL Wilhelm Meyer-Detring in this command :wink:

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General Jürgen Bennecke (1912-2002)

Post by askropp » 30 Sep 2016 17:46

01.08.1933 Leutnant (47)
01.10.1935 Oberleutnant (63)
01.04.1939 Hauptmann (67)
01.07.1942 Major (15)
10.08.1942 neues RDA vom 01.04.1942 (37a) erhalten
30.01.1943 neues RDA vom 01.01.1942 (438a) erhalten
01.11.1943 Oberstleutnant (64)
12.12.1955 Oberst
29.07.1960 Brigadegeneral mit Wirkung vom 01.06.1960
30.08.1963 Generalmajor mit Wirkung vom 01.06.1963
05.10.1966 Generalleutnant mit Wirkung vom 01.10.1966
02.04.1968 General mit Wirkung vom 01.04.1968

in Stellenbesetzung of:
01.04.1934 in der 6. / Infanterieregiment 12 (Quedlinburg)
01.02.1935 im Infanterieregiment 54 (Glogau)
15.10.1935 Adjutant des III. / Infanterieregiment 54 (Freystadt)
06.10.1936 in der 12. (MG) / Infanterieregiment 83 (Hirschberg)
12.10.1937 in der 12. (MG) / Infanterieregiment 83 (Hirschberg)
10.11.1938 Chef der 10. / Infanterieregiment 83 (Hirschberg)
Er ist wieder da. Aber auch dieses Mal wird er nicht siegen!

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Re: OTL i.G./ Bw-General Jürgen Bennecke

Post by Dieter Zinke » 30 Sep 2016 18:09

See: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%BCrgen_Bennecke
http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/print/d-46164832.html
http://gw.geneanet.org/cvpolier?lang=de ... n=bennecke

His bio is here:
Dermot Bradley, Heinz-Peter Würzenthal, Hansgeorg Model: Die Generale und Admirale der Bundeswehr 1955–1999. Die militärischen Werdegänge. Band 1: Adam–Fuhr. Biblio-Verlag, Osnabrück 1998, ISBN 978-3-7648-2492-1, S. 116–118

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