Copenhagen joined the barracked people's police on August 12, 1955 and attended the OHS of the LSK / LV in Kamenz from 1955 to 1958 . After the following training as a helmsman lead officer at the Aviation School in Bautzen , the forerunner of the later OHS for military aviators , he was employed in the staff of the 8th Fighter Wing of the NVA . This was followed by employment in the military science subdivision of the LSK / LV command . From 1973 as editor for science and technology of the weekly newspaper Volksarmee , he retired in 1986 with the rank of oneLieutenant Colonels from active military service, but remained editor of the newspaper. Copenhagen also published in various magazines, such as the Armeerundschau and Fliegerrevue , on military-technical topics.
In the 1960s he was the author of the illustrated series for the type collector , in which various types of aircraft and helicopters were presented. As editor he was responsible for the large aircraft type book published by transpress in 1977 , which was also published in the same year as a licensed edition by Motorbuch-Verlag Stuttgart. As early as 1976, a French-language edition was published by the Éditions de la Courtille under the title Encyclopédie des avions . After the political change in the GDR, Copenhagen mainly devoted itself to issues relating to the technology and equipment of the National People's Army, but also to the development of Soviet military technology.
From October 3, 1990 he was a civil employee of the press office of the LSK / LV command, preparatory staff of the 5th Air Force Division in Strausberg . From April 1991 Kdo 5th Air Force Division (Kdo 5th LwDiv).
Copenhagen died at the age of 64.
Individual works (selection)
- Soviet fighters. Transpress Publishing House for Transport, Berlin 1985.
- Illustrated encyclopedia of rifles from around the world . Brandenburgisches Verlagshaus, Berlin 1988: Volumes 1 and 2, Rifle Guns Today [1945–1985], with Günter Wollert, Reiner Lidschun, Wilfried Copenhagen ISBN 3-327-00513-3 and ISBN 3-327-00514-1 .
- Soviet bombers. Transpress-Verlag for Transport, Berlin, 1989, ISBN 3-344-00391-7 .
- Aviation Lexicon. Transpress publishing house for transport, Berlin 1991, ISBN 3-344-70711-6 .
- Airplanes and helicopters of the NVA 1956 to 1970. Edition F. Int. Economics, 1991, ISBN 3-327-00547-8 .
- NVA planes and helicopters from 1971 to the present. Edition F. Int. Economics, 1991, ISBN 3-327-00768-3 .
- The V-1 and their Soviet children. Podzun-Pallas, Wölfersheim-Berstadt 1999, ISBN 3-7909-0662-X .
- The NVA air force. Motorbuch-Verlag, Stuttgart 2002, ISBN 3-613-02235-4 .
- The land forces of the NVA. Motorbuch-Verlag, Stuttgart 2003, ISBN 3-613-02297-4 .
- The big aircraft type book. Commercial, transport, military, sport and touring aircraft and helicopters. Motorbuch-Verlag, Stuttgart 2005, ISBN 3-613-02522-1 .
- The NVA. Land, air and naval forces. Motorbuch, Stuttgart 2006, ISBN 3-613-02624-4 .
- The Mot-Schützen of the NVA from 1956 to 1990. Enforcer Pülz, Ubstadt-Weiher 2006, ISBN 3-939700-03-7 .
- Encyclopedia of Soviet Aviation. Elbe-Dnjepr-Verlag, Klitzschen 2007, ISBN 978-3-933395-90-0 .
- GDR Aviation Lexicon. Elbe-Dnjepr-Verlag, Klitzschen 2007, ISBN 978-3-933395-91-7 .
- Obituary in the Berliner Zeitung of January 9, 2000.
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German officer (NVA), journalist and non-fiction author|
|DATE OF BIRTH||December 20, 1935|
|DATE OF DEATH||January 5, 2000|
|Place of death||Berlin|