Ulrich de Maizière

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Ulrich de Maizière
General Ulrich de Maizière - Generalinspekteur der Bundeswehr.jpg
de Maizière in 1969
Born (1912-02-24)24 February 1912
Stade, Province of Hanover, German Empire
Died 26 August 2006(2006-08-26) (aged 94)
Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Allegiance Weimar Republic German Realm, republic (1930-1933)
Nazi Germany German Realm/Greater German Realm, national socialist (1933-1945)
Germany Germany, federal republic (1955-1972)
Years of service 1930-1945
1955-1972
Rank General

Ulrich de Maizière (German pronunciation: [də mɛˈzi̯ɛːɐ̯]; 24 February 1912 – 26 August 2006) was a German general. He served as an aide to general Adolf Heusinger during World War II and later succeeded Heusinger as Chief of Staff of the Bundeswehr, holding the position from 1966 to 1972. His brother Clemens de Maizière decided to stay in the Soviet-occupied part of Germany and became one of the founding members of the CDU (Ost), his nephew Lothar de Maizière was the last Prime Minister of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), while his son Thomas de Maizière currently serves as Federal Minister of the Interior.

He belonged to a noble family of French Huguenot origin, originally from Maizières-lès-Metz.

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