Jörg Hillmann

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Jörg Hillmann (* 1963 in Bremen ) is a German naval officer ( sea ​​captain ) and military historian . Since 2017 he has been in command of the Center for Military History and Social Sciences of the Bundeswehr in Potsdam.


Hillmann joined the Bundeswehr in 1981 as a basic military service provider . In 1982 he became a candidate for a naval officer (Crew VII / 82). After his promotion to naval officer in 1985, he was used in various ways a. a. from 1986 to 1988 as an artillery officer on the destroyer Hessen and 1988/89 as a training officer on the training ship Germany . From 1989 to 1992 he was a company commander in the guard battalion at the Federal Ministry of Defense in Siegburg. He then studied history and social sciences from 1992 to 1995 at the Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg (MA). After that, he was a research assistant and in 1999 at Eckardt Opitz (first referee), Rainer Postel (second supervisor) and Jörn Eckert (third appraiser) at the Department of Education with the early modern dissertation Territorial Disputes of the Dukes of Saxe-Lauenburg before the Imperial Court in the 16th century to Dr . phil. PhD.

From 1998 to 2001 he was a teaching staff officer for military history and head of the military history training center at the Mürwik naval school in Flensburg. From 2001 to 2004 he returned to the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg as a research assistant. In 2004/05 he worked as head of the historical education department and as deputy head of the "Training, Information and Specialized Studies" department at the Military History Research Office in Potsdam. Afterwards he was head of the department for capability development in the staff of the German military representative at the NATO military committee and the military committee of the European Union in Brussels. In 2007/08 he was policy advisor for the European Union in the headquarters of the armed forces in Berlin. In 2009, again in Brussels, he became head of the department. In 2012 he became Capability Manager for the “Engage, Protect, Command and Inform” capability profiles at the European Defense Agency (EVA) in Brussels. With the restructuring, he became Head of Unit of Land and Maritime Domains in the Directorate “Capabilities, Armament & Technology” in 2014. In 2016/17 he worked as a lecturer in the marine department at the command academy of the Bundeswehr in Hamburg. Until 2017 he was also the German chairman of the MARSUR marine surveillance network . Since September 29, 2017 he has succeeded Hans-Hubertus Mack as commander of the Center for Military History and Social Sciences of the Bundeswehr in Potsdam.

His main research interests are North German regional history, military history and history didactics, in particular he published on naval history. Articles appeared u. a. in the Schleswig-Holstein Lexicon and in the New German Biography . He is co-editor of the series of small publications on military and naval history (on behalf of the Freundeskreis der Marineschule Mürwik and the Stiftung Deutsches Marinemuseum; with Jens Graul and Stephan Huck ) and personal testimonies from the Middle Ages and the early modern era (with Sabine Schmolinsky and Markus Späth ) in Publishing house Dr. Dieter Winkler and editor of the history pages of the German Navy . Hillmann is a member of the historical advisory board of the Naval Memorial Laboe as well as the scientific advisory boards of the magazine Military & History , the German Society for Shipping and Naval History and the Foundation for Naval History in Berlin. He is also a member of the German Commission for Military History, the German Maritime Institute and the Board of the International Commission for Military History as well as a board member of the Ranke Society and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Garrison Church Potsdam Foundation .

Hillmann has held the rank of sea captain since 2009. In 2009/10 he completed the 5th High Level Course "Robert Schuman" at the European Security and Defense College in Thessaloniki.

Fonts (selection)


  • Territorial legal disputes between the dukes of Saxony-Lauenburg before the Imperial Court of Justice in the 16th century (= legal historical series . Volume 202). Lang, Frankfurt am Main 1999, ISBN 3-631-34807-X .
  • "The red castle by the sea". The Mürwik Naval School since its foundation . Convent Verlag, Hamburg 2002, ISBN 3-934613-26-8 .
  • July 20, 1944 and the Navy. A contribution to the event and reception . With a foreword by Lutz Feldt . Winkler, Bochum 2004, ISBN 3-89911-029-3 .


  • With Michael Busch : nobility - clergy - military. Festschrift for Eckardt Opitz on his 60th birthday (= series of publications by the Duchy of Lauenburg Foundation . Special volume). Winkler, Bochum 1999, ISBN 3-930083-07-8 .
  • "The White Case". The way to the year 1939 (= Small series of publications on military and naval history . Volume 1). Winkler, Bochum 2001, ISBN 3-930083-65-5 .
  • With John Zimmermann : End of the war in Germany in 1945 (= contributions to military history . Volume 55). On behalf of the Military History Research Office . Oldenbourg, Munich 2002, ISBN 3-486-56649-0 .
  • With Eckardt Opitz : 1789–1989, 200 years of revolutions in Europe. An example of historical and political education in the armed forces (= small series of publications on military and naval history . Volume 5). Winkler, Bochum 2003, ISBN 3-89911-013-7 .
  • Experience - Learn - Pass on - Friedrich Ruge (1894–1985) (= Small series of publications on military and naval history . Volume 10). Winkler, Bochum 2005, ISBN 3-89911-041-2 .
  • With Michael Epkenhans , Frank Nägler : Skagerrakschlacht. Prehistory - event - processing (= contributions to military history. Volume 66). Oldenbourg, Munich 2009, ISBN 978-3-486-58803-3 (2nd edition, ibid 2010, ISBN 978-3-486-70270-5 ).
  • English edition: Jutland: World War I's Greatest Naval Battle (= Foreign military studies ). University Press of Kentucky, Lexington 2015, ISBN 978-0-8131-6605-6 .
  • With Constantinos Ch. Hadjisavvas: Military Capability Development in the framework of the Common Security and Defense Policy . Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicosia 2012, ISBN 978-9963-7489-1-4 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d Jörg Schöning: Moving Sea. Maritime cinema 1912–1957 . Edition text + criticism, Munich 2007, ISBN 978-3-88377-895-2 , p. 205 (see curriculum vitae).
  2. Jörg Hillmann: Foreword . In: Ders .: Disputes on territorial law between the dukes of Saxony-Lauenburg before the Imperial Court of Justice in the 16th century . Frankfurt am Main 1999, p. 7.
  3. Scientific Advisory Board , Foundation for the Promotion of Shipping and Naval History, accessed on August 8, 2014.
  4. Markus Pöhlmann : The Center for Military History and Social Sciences of the Bundeswehr is under new management, in: Portal Military History , June 27, 2017, URL: http://portal-militaergeschichte.de/node/1767 (last accessed on July 2 2017).
  5. ^ Scientific Advisory Board ( Memento from July 17, 2014 in the Internet Archive ), DGSM, accessed on August 8, 2014.