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Chief of the General Staff,
Federal Armed Forces of Germany

General Hartmut Bagger

1996 -


General Hartmut Bagger was appointed Chief of Staff, Federal Armed Forces, on 8 February 1996. He also became military adviser to the Federal Government and to the Minister of Defence. General Hartmut Bagger was born at Braunsberg (East Prussia) on 17 July 1938 and joined the Bundeswehr in 1958 after graduating from secondary school. Besides career and mechanized infantry officer training, he attended the Company Commanders Course at the School of Infantry in Warminster (United Kingdom), the 12th General Staff Officer Course (Army) at the Federal Armed Forces Command and Staff College; and the 1975 Armed Forces Staff College Course at Norfolk, Virginia (USA).

As a junior officer, he held various appointments, including platoon leader, signal officer of a mechanized infantry battalion, classroom instructor and aide-de-camp at Army Officer School I in Hanover.

He was a company commander in Mechanized Infantry Battalion 82 at Lneburg and, after his general staff officer training, G4 and G3 of Armoured Brigade 18 at Neumnster. As a lieutenant colonel he became lecturer in military policy at the Federal Armed Forces Command and Staff College in 1973, and was appointed Commander, Mechanized Infantry Battalion 51, at Rotenburg/Fulda in 1976. He took up an appointment as Assistant Branch chief at the Federal Ministry of Defence, following which he became Chief of Staff of 3rd Armoured Division in 1980 with the rank of Colonel. Again at the Federal Armed Forces Command and Staff College, he took up an appointment as Head of the Security Policy Specialist Group. In 1984 he assumed command of Mechanized Infantry Brigade 7 at Hamburg-Fischbek.

Upon his promotion to the rank of Brigadier General in 1988, he became Chief of Staff of III (GE) Corps, and was appointed Commander, 12th Armoured Division, in 1990. While he held this appointment, he was promoted Major General on 1 April 1991. One year later he became Vice Chief of Staff, Army with the rank of Lieutenant General. On 21 March 1994, he was appointed Chief of Staff, Army. He moved on to become Chief of Staff, Federal Armed Forces, with the rank of General, on 8 February 1996.

General Bagger has received the following orders and military awards:

  • Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Cross of the order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Gold Cross of Honour of the Federal Armed Forces
  • Commander's Cross of the Legion of Merit / First oak leaf cluster (USA)
  • Commander's Cross of the Legion of Merit (USA)
  • Officer's Cross of the Legion of Merit (USA)
  • Gran Crz de la Ordn del Mrito Militar (Spain)
  • Commandeur de la Legion d'Honneur (France)
  • Grand Officer of the Order of the Finnish White Rose.

General Bagger is married to Hella (ne) Brodersen. They have two sons.


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