Günter Voigt (General)

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Günter Voigt (born January 2, 1933 in Kleindrebnitz , Kr. Bautzen ) is a former major general of the National People's Army of the German Democratic Republic . He was the last deputy to the Chief Air Force / Air Defense and Chief of Staff.


Günter Voigt was born as the son of a carpenter in Kleindrebnitz, Bautzen district. There he attended high school, graduated from high school and learned the trade of a commercial clerk.

Military career

After high school and professional qualification, Voigt applied as a professional soldier in the armed organs of the GDR. On December 28, 1950, he was drafted into the German People's Police (VP) with a simultaneous transfer to the then VP School in Pirna ( Sonnenstein Castle ). There Kursant Voigt became a candidate and in 1952 a member of the SED . After successfully passing the officer examination in 1952 as the best in his year, he was appointed an officer of the VP Air, with simultaneous promotion to the next highest officer rank.


Training and first uses

After completing his officer training in December 1952 and being appointed officer of the VP Air, Lieutenant Voigt received his first assignment as a platoon leader in the 1st Aeroclub Cottbus (code name: KVP-Dienststelle 600), the predecessor organization of the later Air Force Administration.

Here he showed outstanding achievements and was employed in the news and air traffic control department as deputy head of the training department as early as 1953. In 1955 he was assigned to the military academy for engineers of the air force "Prof. NJ Schukowski “ delegated to the USSR, which he in turn with distinction and gold medal as the best foreign military student of the year and with the academic degree Dipl.-Ing. Graduated in 1961.

Service as a staff officer

His special abilities and excellent degree recommended already after returning to the GDR a higher-quality staff assignment as deputy chief news and air traffic control for technology (Deputy CNF technology) in the LSK / LV command . From 1962 to 1963, Captain Voigt was Deputy CNF and head of the communications subdivision. After that, from 1963, as the successor to Colonel Wagner, he was prominently employed as chief news and air traffic control in the LSK / LV command. In 1967 he received his doctorate from the Friedrich Engels Military Academy, Air Force / Air Defense Section, as a Dr.rer.mil.

Subsequently, in 1973 he was delegated to the Military Academy of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the USSR "KJ Voroshilov" in Moscow for general staff training . His successor as Head of News and Air Traffic Control was Lieutenant Colonel Erich Zettelmann.

After successfully completing his degree in 1975, Colonel Voigt was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff for operational work in the LSK / LV command. As the successor to Major General Joachim Herbst , he held this post from 1975 to 1989. In addition to numerous projects and special tasks during this time, he was responsible for the lead and project management of the operational-tactical training center of the LSK / LV based on the model of the MfNV in Strausberg ( ). On December 1, 1989, Voigt was replaced by Colonel Siegfried Wünsche.

Service as a general

On the occasion of the 28th anniversary of the GDR, Colonel Voigt was appointed major general on October 7, 1977 . Voigt had his last general assignment from 1989 to 1990 as the successor to Rolf Berger in the position of deputy head of LSK / LV and chief of staff in the LSK / LV command in Strausberg / Eggersdorf ( ). When the NVA was dissolved, Major General Voigt was dismissed with effect from October 2, 1990.

Orders, decorations and awards


Voigt is married to Mrs. Rosemarie for the first time. He has been working as a freelance journalist since 1990.

See also

Individual evidence

  1. a b Rüdiger Wenzke , Klaus Froh (ed.): The generals and admirals of the NVA. Military history of the GDR A biographical handbook , p. 195. Ed. Military History Research Office
  2. With command 5/56 of 21 February 1956, the Minister of National Defense of the GDR ordered the formation of the government air forces and air defense management of the new NVA 1 March 1956, from 1957 commands LSK / LV .
  3. ^ New Germany of February 28, 1984