Henning Wilcke

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Henning Wilcke (born September 19, 1907 in Magdeburg ; † 2002 ) was a German officer and most recently major general in the Bundeswehr .


Henning was born the son of regimental commander Ernst Wilcke. After graduating from high school in 1926, he joined the Reichswehr as an officer candidate . He served u. a. as the first general staff officer  (Ia) of the Fliegerführer Atlantik and worked as a course leader at the Air War Academy in Berlin-Gatow. Towards the end of the Second World War he was appointed lieutenant colonel i. G. in British captivity .

After returning home in 1947, Wilcke was initially employed in the textile industry. He later joined the Gehlen organization and carried the service name "Wilden". There he was a senior employee of the counter- espionage / counter-espionage department . At the beginning of May 1954 he received the order from Reinhard Gehlen to take over the management and control of all "special connections".

In 1956 Wilcke became a soldier in the German Armed Forces and in June 1956 deputy commander and chief of the staff of the Military District Command  II in Hanover . On January 8, 1960 he became Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff in the Territorial Defense Command and on July 19, 1960 he was promoted to Brigadier General. From October 1964 until his retirement on September 30, 1967, he was in command of Defense Area II ( Lower Saxony and Bremen ).



  • International Biographical Archive 49/1967 of November 27, 1967.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ National Council of the National Front of Democratic Germany. Documentation Center of the State Archives Administration of the GDR (Ed.): "Braunbuch". War and Nazi criminals in the Federal Republic and West Berlin. State, economy, administration, army, justice, science . State publishing house of the German Democratic Republic, Berlin 1965. Last (3rd) edition in the GDR 1968. Full text. P. 310.
  2. Thomas Wolf: The emergence of the BND. Structure, financing, control (= Jost Dülffer, Klaus-Dietmar Henke, Wolfgang Krieger, Rolf-Dieter Müller [eds.]: Publications of the Independent Commission of Historians for Researching the History of the Federal Intelligence Service 1945–1968 . Volume 9 ). 1st edition. Ch. Links Verlag, Berlin 2018, ISBN 978-3-96289-022-3 , pp. 189, 562 .
  3. Klaus D. Patzwall , Veit Scherzer : Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941–1945 , Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001.