Henninger, the son of a saddler, attended high school in twelve years and learned the trade of an apparatus grinder . In 1945, towards the end of the Second World War , he had to fight for the Wehrmacht as a soldier in the Volkssturm .
After returning from Soviet captivity, he worked in Jena from 1946 to 1948 in his apprenticeship. He then went to sea as a fisherman from Saßnitz and Rostock until 1950 . He joined the German People's Police on November 18, 1950 as a student at the Parow Sea Police School , which he completed in 1951. From 1951 to 1952 he was head of the cabinet for navigation training there. In 1953 Henninger became a member of the SED and until 1954 attended the officers' school for political work of the barracked people's police in Berlin-Treptow . From 1954 to 1956 he was the deputy commander of the 2nd Wolgast mine-laying and clearance division and from 1956 to 1957 as an instructor for organization and political work. The graduate military scientist was then until 1958 assistant for youth work of the 9th flotilla and until 1959 party secretary of a clearing department of the 1st flotilla . From 1961, after successfully completing his studies at the officers' school of the Volksmarine in Stralsund , he worked at this teaching facility until 1963 as a specialist teacher for social science further education. From 1964 to 1967 studied at the "Friedrich Engels" military academy in Dresden. After he was responsible for political work in the 1st flotilla from 1967 to 1969, he was deployed from 1969 to 1977 as deputy flotilla chief and head of the political department of the 1st flotilla. After attending a Soviet party school, he worked from 1978 to 1982 as the deputy head of the political administration in the command of the People's Navy. On October 7, 1979, he was appointed Rear Admiral. From 1982 to 1989 he was deputy commander and head of the political department of the officers' college of the Volksmarine Karl Liebknecht in Stralsund.
On September 30, 1989, Henninger was released into retirement.
- 1984 Patriotic Order of Merit in bronze
- 1989 Patriotic Order of Merit in silver
- Battle medals "For services to the people and fatherland" in silver
- Klaus Froh, Rüdiger Wenzke : The generals and admirals of the NVA. A biographical manual . 4th edition. Ch. Links, Berlin 2000, ISBN 3-86153-209-3 . ( limited preview in Google Book search)
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German rear admiral of the People's Navy|
|DATE OF BIRTH||April 7, 1929|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Pethau|