List of Commandants of Berlin Sectors

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For a similar list concerning Vienna, see List of Commandants of Vienna Sectors.

The following is a list of military commanders of divided and war torn Berlin between 1945 and 1994. Due to the allied division of post-World War II Berlin into distinct, occupied sectors, each had its own military governor, often referred to as commandant. This practice ended officially with the reunification of Germany in 1990, but the several military commanders were in place until as late as 1994, when the respective occupying/protective forces were withdrawn.

The occupied sectors of Berlin

Commandants[edit]

American zone[edit]

Commandant[1] In Office
MG Floyd L. Parks 4 July 1945 – 2 September 1945
MG James M. Gavin 3 September 1945 – 10 October 1945
MG Ray W. Barker 11 October 1945 – 1 May 1946
MG Frank A. Keating 1 May 1946 – 13 May 1947
MG Cornelius E. Ryan 14 May 1947 – 23 September 1947
MG William Hesketh 24 September 1947 – 30 November 1947
BG Frank L. Howley 1 December 1947 – 31 August 1949
MG Maxwell D. Taylor 31 August 1949 – 31 January 1951
MG Lemuel Mathewson 1 February 1951 – 2 January 1953
MG Thomas S. Timberman 3 January 1953 – 4 August 1954
MG George B. Honnen 5 August 1954 – 9 September 1955
MG Charles L. Dasher 10 September 1955 – 3 June 1957
MG Barksdale Hamlett 4 June 1957 – 15 December 1959
MG Ralph M. Osborne 20 December 1959 – 3 May 1961
MG Albert Watson II 4 May 1961 – 2 January 1963
MG James H. Polk 2 January 1963 – 31 August 1964
MG John F. Franklin, Jr. 1 September 1964 – 3 June 1967
MG Robert G. Fergusson 3 June 1967 – 28 February 1970
MG George M. Seignious 28 February 1970 – 12 May 1971
MG William W. Cobb 12 May 1971 – 10 June 1974
MG Sam S. Walker 10 June 1974 – 11 August 1975
MG Joseph C. McDonough 11 August 1975 – 7 June 1978
MG Calvert P. Benedict 7 June 1978 – 5 July 1981
MG James G. Boatner 5 July 1981 – 27 June 1984
MG John H. Mitchell 27 June 1984 – 1 June 1988
MG Raymond E. Haddock 1 June 1988 – 2 October 1990

British zone[edit]

Road sign delimiting the British sector of Berlin, 1984.
Commandant[2] In Office
Lewis Lyne 5 July 1945 – 30 August 1945
Eric Nares 30 August 1945 – 13 June 1947
Otway Herbert 13 June 1947 – 23 January 1949
Geoffrey Bourne 23 January 1949 – 24 October 1951
Charles Coleman 24 October 1951 – 13 March 1954
William Oliver 13 March 1954 – 30 April 1955
Robert Cottrell-Hill 1 May 1955 – 6 February 1956
Francis Rome 26 March 1956 – 20 March 1959
Rohan Delacombe 23 March 1959 – 3 May 1962
Claude Dunbar May 1962 – December 1962
David Peel Yates December 1962 – January 1966
John Nelson February 1966 – February 1968
James Bowes-Lyon March 1968 – November 1970
Lord Cathcart November 1970 – July 1973
David Scott-Barrett August 1973 – November 1975
Roy Redgrave November 1975 – January 1978
Robert Richardson January 1978 – September 1980
David Mostyn September 1980 – October 1983
Bernard Gordon-Lennox October 1983 – December 1985
Patrick Brooking December 1985 – January 1989
Robert Corbett 1989 – 1990

French zone[edit]

Commandant[3] In Office
Geoffroi du Bois de Beauchesne 11 July 1945 – 12 March 1946
Charles Lançon 12 March 1946 – 4 October 1946
Jean Ganeval 4 October 1946 – 5 October 1950
Pierre Carolet 1 October 1950 – 31 December 1952
Pierre Manceaux-Démiau 1 January 1953 – 31 December 1954
Amédée J.B. Gèze 1 January 1955 – 30 September 1958
Jean Lacomme 1 October 1958 – 25 February 1962
Edouard K. Toulouse 1962 – 1964
François Binoche 1964 – 1967
Bertrand Huchet de Quénetain 1967 – 1970
Maurice Routier 1970 – 1973
Camille Metzler 1973 – 1975
Jacques Mangin 1975 – 1977
Bernard d'Astorg 1977 – 1980
Jean P. Liron 1980 – 1984
Olivier Le Taillendier de Gabory 1984 – 1985
Paul Cavarrot 1985 – 1987
François Cann 1987 – 1990

Soviet zone[edit]

Commandant[3] In Office
Nikolai Berzarin 2 May 1945 – 16 June 1945
Alexander Gorbatov 17 June 1945 – 19 November 1945
Dmitry Smirnov 19 November 1945 – 1 April 1946
Aleksandr Kotikov 1 April 1946 – 7 June 1950
Sergey Dengin 7 June 1950 – 28 May 1953
Pyotr Dibrova 28 May 1953 – 23 June 1956
Andrey Chamov 28 June 1956 – 26 February 1958
Matvei Zakharov 26 February 1958 – 9 May 1961
Andrey Soloviev 9 May 1961 – 22 August 1962
Helmut Poppe 22 August 1962 – 31 May 1971
Artur Kunath 1 June 1971 – 31 August 1978
Karl-Heinz Drews 1 September 1978 – 31 December 1989
Wolfgang Dombrowski 1 January 1990 – 30 September 1990
Detlef Wendorf 30 September 1990 – 2 October 1990

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grathwol, Robert P.; Moorhus, Donita M.; Steen, Gareth L., eds. (1999). Berlin and the American Military: A Cold War Chronicle. NYU Press. p. 192. ISBN 9780814731338. Retrieved 17 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Army Commands
  3. ^ a b German states after 1945

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