Wilhelm Heye

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Colonel General
August Wilhelm Heye
Bundesarchiv Bild 102-00357A, Wilhelm Heye, Erwin v. Witzleben(cropped).jpg
Wilhelm Heye in a photograph by Nicola Perscheid
3rd Chief of the German Army Command
In office
October 9, 1926 – October 31, 1930
President Paul von Hindenburg
Preceded by Hans von Seeckt
Succeeded by Kurt von Hammerstein-Equord
2nd Chief of the German Troop Office
In office
March 26 1920 – October 9, 1926
Preceded by Hans von Seeckt
Succeeded by Otto Hasse[note 1]
Personal details
Born (1869-01-31)31 January 1869
Died 11 March 1947(1947-03-11) (aged 78)
Relations Hellmuth Heye (son)
Awards Pour le Mérite with Oak Leaves
Military service
Allegiance German Empire
Weimar Republic
Service/branch Prussian Army
Years of service 1888–1930
Rank Generaloberst
Battles/wars World War I

August Wilhelm Heye (31 January 1869, Fulda – 11 March 1947, Braunlage) was a German officer who rose to the rank of Generaloberst and became head of the Army Command within the Ministry of the Reichswehr in the Weimar Republic. One of his sons was admiral Hellmuth Heye.


The son of a Prussian officer, Heye joined the Army in 1888 and subsequently became a member of the German General Staff. During the First World War he served on both the East and Western fronts, eventually becoming the last chief of the operations department at the Oberste Heeresleitung (Supreme Army Command). After the end of the war he assisted Hans von Seeckt in organising the new Reichswehr, serving as the second Chief of the Truppenamt and later commander of the Wehrkreis I (Military District I). In 1926 he replaced Seeckt as Chief of Army Command, and held that position until retiring in 1930.

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  1. ^ No Wikipedia page has been created for Major General Otto Hasse, the 3rd Chief of Germany's Troop Office. Consequently, clicking on this link connects to the page for the Troop Office which contains a comprehensive list of all its chiefs from 1919 to 1935.

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