List of Minister of Defence of Denmark

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This is a list of all Danish Minister of Defences.

The current office was established in 1905, merging the two previous positions of War Minister (for army matters) and Navy Minister.

List of War and Navy Ministers (1848–1905)[edit]

List of War Ministers[edit]

War minister Took office Left office Time in office Cabinet
1
Anton Frederik Tscherning
Tscherning, Anton FrederikAnton Frederik Tscherning
(1795–1874)
22 March 184816 November 1848239 daysMoltke I
2
Christian Frederik von Hansen
Hansen, Christian FrederikChristian Frederik von Hansen
(1788–1873)
16 November 184813 July 18512 years, 239 daysMoltke II
3
Jacob Scavenius Fibiger [da]
Fibiger, Jacob ScaveniusJacob Scavenius Fibiger [da]
(1793–1861)
13 July 185118 October 185197 daysMoltke III
4
Carl Julius Flensborg [da]
Flensborg, Carl JuliusCarl Julius Flensborg [da]
(1804–1852)
18 October 185127 January 1852101 daysMoltke IV
(2)
Christian Frederik von Hansen
Hansen, Christian FrederikChristian Frederik von Hansen
(1788–1873)
27 January 185212 December 18542 years, 319 daysBluhme I
Ørsted
5
Mathias Lüttichau [da]
Lüttichau, MathiasMathias Lüttichau [da]
(1795–1870)
12 December 185425 May 18561 year, 165 daysBang
6
Carl Lundbye [da]
Lundbye, CarlCarl Lundbye [da]
(1812–1873)
25 May 18562 December 18593 years, 191 daysBang
Andræ
Hall I
7
Hans Nicolai Thestrup [da]
Thestrup, Hans NicolaiHans Nicolai Thestrup [da]
(1794–1879)
2 December 185913 August 18633 years, 254 daysRotwitt
Hall II
(6)
Carl Lundbye [da]
Lundbye, CarlCarl Lundbye [da]
(1812–1873)
13 August 186318 May 1864279 daysHall II
Monrad
8
Christian Emilius Reich [da]
Lundbye, CarlChristian Emilius Reich [da]
(1822–1865)
18 May 186411 July 186454 daysMonrad
(2)
Christian Frederik von Hansen
Hansen, Christian FrederikChristian Frederik von Hansen
(1788–1873)
11 July 18646 November 18651 year, 118 daysBluhme II
9
Johan Waldemar Neergaard [da]
Neergaard, Johan WaldemarJohan Waldemar Neergaard [da]
(1810–1879)
6 November 18651 October 1866329 daysFrijs
10
Valdemar Rudolph von Raasløff
Raasløff, Valdemar RudolphValdemar Rudolph von Raasløff
(1815–1883)
1 October 186619 April 18703 years, 200 daysFrijs
-
Christian Emil Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs
Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs, Christian EmilChristian Emil Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs
(1817–1896)
Acting
19 April 187028 May 187039 daysFrijs
11
Wolfgang von Haffner
Haffner, WolfgangWolfgang von Haffner
(1810–1887)
28 May 187023 December 18722 years, 209 daysHolstein-Holsteinborg
12
C.A.F. Thomsen [da]
Thomsen, Christian Albert FrederikC.A.F. Thomsen [da]
(1827–1896)
23 December 187214 July 18741 year, 203 daysHolstein-Holsteinborg
13
Niels Frederik Ravn [da]
Ravn, Niels FrederikNiels Frederik Ravn [da]
(1826–1910)
14 July 187426 July 187412 daysFonnesbech
14
Peter Frederik Steinmann [da]
Steinmann, Peter FrederikPeter Frederik Steinmann [da]
(1812–1894)
26 July 187411 June 187512 daysFonnesbech
(11)
Wolfgang von Haffner
Haffner, WolfgangWolfgang von Haffner
(1810–1887)
11 July 187528 July 18772 years, 17 daysEstrup
15
Frederik Dreyer [da]
Dreyer, Johan Christopher FrederikFrederik Dreyer [da]
(1814–1898)
28 July 18774 January 18791 year, 160 daysEstrup
16
Wilhelm Kauffmann [da]
Kauffmann, Vilhelm Frederik LudvigWilhelm Kauffmann [da]
(1821–1892)
4 January 18791 April 18812 years, 87 daysEstrup
(13)
Niels Frederik Ravn [da]
Ravn, Niels FrederikNiels Frederik Ravn [da]
(1826–1910)
1 April 188112 September 18843 years, 164 daysEstrup
17
Jesper Jespersen von Bahnson [da]
Ravn, Niels FrederikJesper Jespersen von Bahnson [da]
(1827–1909)
12 September 18847 August 18949 years, 329 daysEstrup
(12)
C.A.F. Thomsen [da]
Thomsen, Christian Albert FrederikC.A.F. Thomsen [da]
(1827–1896)
7 August 189425 April 18961 year, 268 daysReedtz-Thott
18
Johan Gustav Frederik Schnack [da]
Schnack, Johan Gustav FrederikJohan Gustav Frederik Schnack [da]
(1839–1920)
25 April 189623 May 18971 year, 28 daysReedtz-Thott
19
Christian Frederik Frands Elias Tuxen [da]
Tuxen, Christian Frederik Frands EliasChristian Frederik Frands Elias Tuxen [da]
(1837–1903)
23 May 189728 August 18992 years, 97 daysHørring
(18)
Johan Gustav Frederik Schnack [da]
Schnack, Johan Gustav FrederikJohan Gustav Frederik Schnack [da]
(1839–1920)
28 August 189924 July 19011 year, 330 daysHørring
Sehested
20
Vilhelm Herman Oluf Madsen
Madsen, Vilhelm Herman OlufVilhelm Herman Oluf Madsen
(1844–1917)
24 July 190114 January 19053 years, 174 daysDeuntzer

List of Navy Ministers[edit]

Navy minister Took office Left office Time in office Cabinet
1
Adam Wilhelm Moltke
Moltke, Adam WilhelmAdam Wilhelm Moltke
(1785–1864)
22 March 18486 April 184815 daysMoltke I
2
Christian Christopher Zahrtmann [da]
Zahrtmann, Christian ChristopherChristian Christopher Zahrtmann [da]
(1793–1853)
6 April 184810 August 18502 years, 126 daysMoltke I
Moltke II
3
Carl Irminger [da]
Irminger, CarlCarl Irminger [da]
(1802–1888)
10 August 185025 November 185076 daysMoltke II
4
Carl Edvard van Dockum [da]
Dockum, Carl EdvardCarl Edvard van Dockum [da]
(1804–1893)
25 November 185027 January 18521 year, 94 daysMoltke II
Moltke III
Moltke IV
5
Steen Andersen Bille
Bille, Steen AndersenSteen Andersen Bille
(1797–1883)
27 January 185212 December 18542 years, 319 daysBluhme I
Ørsted
6
Ove Wilhelm Michelsen [da]
Michelsen, Ove WilhelmOve Wilhelm Michelsen [da]
(1800–1880)
12 December 18542 December 18594 years, 355 daysBang
Andræ
Hall I
7
Hans Nicolai Thestrup [da]
Thestrup, Hans NicolaiHans Nicolai Thestrup [da]
(1794–1879)
2 December 185924 February 186084 daysRotwitt
(5)
Steen Andersen Bille
Bille, Steen AndersenSteen Andersen Bille
(1797–1883)
24 February 186031 December 18633 years, 310 daysHall II
8
Otto Hans Lütken [da]
Lütken, Otto HansOtto Hans Lütken [da]
(1813–1883)
31 December 18636 November 18651 year, 310 daysMonrad
Bluhme II
9
Hans Herman Grove [da]
Grove, Hans HermanHans Herman Grove [da]
(1814–1866)
6 November 186517 August 1866 †284 daysFrijs
-
Jacob Brønnum Scavenius Estrup
Estrup, Jacob Brønnum ScaveniusJacob Brønnum Scavenius Estrup
(1825–1913)
Acting
17 August 186617 September 186631 daysFrijs
(4)
Carl Edvard van Dockum [da]
Grove, Hans HermanCarl Edvard van Dockum [da]
(1804–1893)
17 September 18661 November 18671 year, 45 daysFrijs
10
Otto Fredrik Suenson [da]
Suenson, Otto FredrikOtto Fredrik Suenson [da]
(1810–1888)
1 November 186722 September 18691 year, 325 daysFrijs
11
Valdemar Rudolph von Raasløff
Raasløff, Valdemar RudolphValdemar Rudolph von Raasløff
(1815–1883)
22 September 186919 April 1870209 daysFrijs
-
Christian Emil Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs
Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs, Christian EmilChristian Emil Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs
(1817–1896)
Acting
19 April 187028 May 187039 daysFrijs
12
Wolfgang von Haffner
Haffner, WolfgangWolfgang von Haffner
(1810–1887)
28 May 187023 December 1870209 daysHolstein-Holsteinborg
12
C.A.F. Thomsen [da]
Thomsen, Christian Albert FrederikC.A.F. Thomsen [da]
(1827–1896)
23 December 187021 May 18732 years, 149 daysHolstein-Holsteinborg
13
Niels Frederik Ravn [da]
Ravn, Niels FrederikNiels Frederik Ravn [da]
(1826–1910)
21 May 187311 June 18752 years, 21 daysHolstein-Holsteinborg
Fonnesbech
(12)
Wolfgang von Haffner
Haffner, WolfgangWolfgang von Haffner
(1810–1887)
11 July 187528 July 18772 years, 17 daysEstrup
14
Frederik Dreyer [da]
Dreyer, Johan Christopher FrederikFrederik Dreyer [da]
(1814–1898)
28 July 18774 January 18791 year, 160 daysEstrup
(13)
Niels Frederik Ravn [da]
Ravn, Niels FrederikNiels Frederik Ravn [da]
(1826–1910)
4 January 187927 April 190021 years, 113 daysEstrup
Reedtz-Thott
Hørring
15
Christian Giørtz Middelboe [da]
Middelboe, Christian GiørtzChristian Giørtz Middelboe [da]
(1852–1920)
27 April 190024 July 19011 year, 88 daysSehested
16
Ferdinand Henrik Jøhnke [da]
Jøhnke, Ferdinand HenrikFerdinand Henrik Jøhnke [da]
(1837–1908)
24 July 190114 January 19053 years, 174 daysDeuntzer

List of Ministers of Defence (1905–present)[edit]

Minister of Defence Took office Left office Time in office Party Cabinet
1
Jens Christian Christensen
Christensen, Jens ChristianJens Christian Christensen
(1856–1930)
14 January 190512 October 19083 years, 272 daysVenstre ReformChristensen
2
Niels Thomasius Neergaard
Neergaard, Niels ThomasiusNiels Thomasius Neergaard
(1854–1936)
12 October 190816 September 1909339 daysModerate VenstreNeergaard I
(1)
Jens Christian Christensen
Christensen, Jens ChristianJens Christian Christensen
(1856–1930)
16 September 190918 October 190932 daysVenstre ReformHolstein-Ledreborg
3
Ludvig Holstein-Ledreborg
Holstein-Ledreborg, LudvigLudvig Holstein-Ledreborg
(1839–1912)
18 October 190928 October 190910 daysNonpartisanHolstein-Ledreborg
4
Christopher Krabbe [da]
Krabbe, ChristopherChristopher Krabbe [da]
(1833–1913)
28 October 19095 July 1910250 daysSocial LiberalsZahle I
5
Klaus Berntsen
Berntsen, KlausKlaus Berntsen
(1844–1927)
5 July 191021 June 19132 years, 351 daysModerate VenstreBerntsen
6
Peter Rochegune Munch
Munch, Peter RochegunePeter Rochegune Munch
(1870–1948)
21 June 191330 March 19206 years, 283 daysSocial LiberalsZahle II
7
Henri Konow
Konow, HenriHenri Konow
(1862–1939)
30 March 19205 April 19206 daysNonpartisanLiebe
8
Michael Pedersen Friis
Friis, Michael PedersenMichael Pedersen Friis
(1857–1944)
5 April 19205 May 192030 daysNonpartisanFriis
9
Klaus Berntsen
Berntsen, KlausKlaus Berntsen
(1844–1927)
5 May 19209 October 19222 years, 157 daysVenstreNeergaard II
10
Søren Brorsen [da]
Brorsen, SørenSøren Brorsen [da]
(1875–1961)
9 October 192223 April 19241 year, 197 daysVenstreNeergaard III
11
Laust Rasmussen [da]
Rasmussen, LaustLaust Rasmussen [da]
(1862–1941)
23 April 192414 December 19262 years, 235 daysSocial DemocratsStauning I
(10)
Søren Brorsen [da]
Brorsen, SørenSøren Brorsen [da]
(1875–1961)
14 December 192630 April 19295 years, 7 daysVenstreMadsen-Mygdal
(11)
Laust Rasmussen [da]
Rasmussen, LaustLaust Rasmussen [da]
(1862–1941)
30 April 192924 November 19323 years, 208 daysSocial DemocratsStauning II
12
Hans Peter Hansen (Politician) [da]
Hansen, Hans PeterHans Peter Hansen (Politician) [da]
(1872–1953)
24 November 193231 May 1933188 daysSocial DemocratsStauning II
13
Thorvald Stauning
Stauning, ThorvaldThorvald Stauning
(1873–1942)
31 May 19334 November 19352 years, 157 daysSocial DemocratsStauning II
14
Alsing Andersen
Andersen, AlsingAlsing Andersen
(1893–1962)
4 November 193510 April 19404 years, 158 daysSocial DemocratsStauning II
None (10 April 1940−8 July 1940)
(Alsing Emanuel Andersen)
None (8 July 1940−4 May 1942)
(Søren Brorsen)
(10)
Søren Brorsen [da]
Brorsen, SørenSøren Brorsen [da]
(1875–1961)
4 May 194229 August 19431 year, 117 daysVenstreStauning III
Buhl I
Scavenius
None (29 August 1943−5 May 1945)
(Søren Brorsen)
15
Ole Bjørn Kraft [da]
Kraft, Ole BjørnOle Bjørn Kraft [da]
(1893–1980)
4 May 194229 August 19431 year, 117 daysConservativeBuhl II
16
Harald Petersen [da]
Petersen, HaraldHarald Petersen [da]
(1893–1970)
4 May 194229 August 19431 year, 117 daysVenstreKristensen
17
Hans Rasmus Hansen [da]
Hansen, Hans RasmusHans Rasmus Hansen [da]
(1896–1971)
13 November 194730 October 19503 years, 17 daysSocial DemocratsHedtoft I
(16)
Harald Petersen [da]
Petersen, HaraldHarald Petersen [da]
(1893–1970)
30 October 195030 September 19532 years, 335 daysVenstreEriksen
(17)
Hans Rasmus Hansen [da]
Hansen, Hans RasmusHans Rasmus Hansen [da]
(1896–1971)
30 September 195325 May 19562 years, 238 daysSocial DemocratsHedtoft II
Hansen I
18
Poul Hansen
Hansen, PoulPoul Hansen
(1913–1966)
25 May 195615 November 19626 years, 174 daysSocial DemocratsHansen I
Kampmann I
Krag I
19
Victor Gram [da]
Hansen, PoulVictor Gram [da]
(1910–1969)
15 November 19622 February 19685 years, 79 daysSocial DemocratsKrag I
Krag II
20
Erik Ninn-Hansen
Ninn-Hansen, ErikErik Ninn-Hansen
(1922–2014)
2 February 196817 March 19713 years, 43 daysConservativeBaunsgaard
21
Knud Østergaard [da]
Ninn-Hansen, ErikKnud Østergaard [da]
(1922–1993)
17 March 197111 October 1971208 daysConservativeBaunsgaard
22
Kjeld Olesen
Olesen, KjeldKjeld Olesen
(born 1932)
11 October 197127 September 19731 year, 351 daysSocial DemocratsKrag III
Jørgensen I
23
Orla Møller [da]
Møller, OrlaOrla Møller [da]
(1916–1979)
27 September 197319 December 197383 daysSocial DemocratsJørgensen I
24
Erling Brøndum
Brøndum, ErlingErling Brøndum
(1930–2017)
19 December 197313 February 19751 year, 56 daysVenstreHartling
(23)
Orla Møller [da]
Møller, OrlaOrla Møller [da]
(1916–1979)
13 February 19751 October 19772 years, 230 daysSocial DemocratsJørgensen II
25
Poul Søgaard
Søgaard, PoulPoul Søgaard
(1923–2016)
1 October 197710 September 19824 years, 344 daysSocial DemocratsJørgensen II
Jørgensen III
Jørgensen IV
Jørgensen V
26
Hans Engell
Engell, HansHans Engell
(born 1948)
10 September 198210 September 19875 years, 0 daysConservativeSchlüter I
27
Bernt Johan Collet
Collet, Bernt JohanBernt Johan Collet
(born 1941)
10 September 19873 June 1988267 daysConservativeSchlüter II
28
Knud Enggaard
Enggaard, KnudKnud Enggaard
(born 1929)
3 June 198825 January 19934 years, 236 daysVenstreSchlüter III
Schlüter IV
29
Hans Hækkerup
Hækkerup, HansHans Hækkerup
(1945–2013)
25 January 199321 December 20007 years, 331 daysSocial DemocratsP.N. Rasmussen IIIIIIIV
30
Jan Trøjborg
Trøjborg, JanJan Trøjborg
(1955–2012)
21 December 200027 November 2001341 daysSocial DemocratsP.N. Rasmussen IV
31
Svend Aage Jensby
Jensby, Svend AageSvend Aage Jensby
(born 1940)
27 November 200124 April 20042 years, 149 daysVenstreA.F. Rasmussen I
32
Søren Gade
Gade, SørenSøren Gade
(born 1963)
24 April 200423 February 20105 years, 305 daysVenstreA.F. Rasmussen IIIIII
L.L. Rasmussen I
33
Gitte Lillelund Bech
Bech, Gitte LillelundGitte Lillelund Bech
(born 1969)
23 February 20103 October 20111 year, 222 daysVenstreL.L. Rasmussen I
34
Nick Hækkerup [da]
Hækkerup, NickNick Hækkerup [da]
(born 1968)
3 October 20119 August 20131 year, 310 daysSocial DemocratsThorning-Schmidt I
35
Nicolai Wammen
Wammen, NicolaiNicolai Wammen
(born 1971)
9 August 201328 June 20151 year, 323 daysSocial DemocratsThorning-Schmidt III
36
Carl Holst
Holst, CarlCarl Holst
(born 1970)
28 June 201530 September 201594 daysVenstreL.L. Rasmussen II
37
Peter Christensen
Christensen, PeterPeter Christensen
(born 1975)
30 September 201528 November 20161 year, 28 daysVenstreL.L. Rasmussen II
38
Claus Hjort Frederiksen
Frederiksen, Claus HjortClaus Hjort Frederiksen
(born 1947)
28 November 2016Incumbent2 years, 232 daysVenstreL.L. Rasmussen III

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