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Lothar Engelhardt
A German military officer

Lothar Engelhardt

Lothar Engelhardt
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Intro A German military officer
Was Soldier
From Germany Germany
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Gender male
Birth 5 July 1939, Wangenheim
Death 1 March 2010 (aged 70 years)
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Lothar Engelhardt (July 5, 1939 – March 2010) was a graduated military scientist, major general, and the last Commander in Chief of the National People's Army in the former German Democratic Republic.


Lothar Engelhardt was born on July 5, 1939 in Wangenheim, district of Gotha, as son of a farmer’s family. He successfully passed the school-leaving examination of the secondary school and joined the Guard Regiment Hugo Eberlein of the National People's Army in 1959. There he became a professional soldier and applied in 1959 for the attendance of the Armord Corp's Officers School in Großenhain. After successful graduation in 1961 he became a professional officer and served as platoon leader in the 15th Armord Regiment (German: Panzer Regiment 15) of the 7th Panzer Division. In this military unit he became also a member of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany.

Due to his permanent excellent performance Engelhardt was delegated to the Officer Higher Special School of the Ministry of National Defence (East Germany) (MOD East Germany) from 1962 to 1964, in order to receive combat reconnaissance training. After he passed successfully this course, he served in the reconnaissance division of the MOD East Germany until 1966.

This was followed by an assignment as company chief in the Reconnaissance Battalion 7 of the 7th Panzer Division. Because he performed in this unit excellent as well, he was delegated to high-school study on the Military University of the Armord Corps in Moscow (Soviet Union) from 1970 to 1973.

After successful graduation in military science (de: Diplommilitärwissenschaftler, Dipl.-Mil.) he served until 1976 as senior officer for reconnaissance in the Military District Command III (Leipzig). During this tour of duty he was promoted to lieutenant colonel, attended diverse special courses, among other France language courses on the National People´s Army´s Foreign Language Institute in Naumburg (Saale).

Than he was appointed from 1978 to 1980 as chief of the Troop Reconnaissance Section (de: Unterabteilung Truppenaufklärung) subordinated to the Chief of Reconnaissance in the Department/Ground Forces Command in Potsdam (Gelto). This was followed by an assignment now as Chief of Reconnaissance of the Military District Command V (Neubrandenburg).

Hereafter Engelhardt was assigned to the command and general staff officers course to the General Staff Academy (Russia) from 1982 to 1984. After successful study colonel Engelhard was assigned as Chief of the Reconnaissance Reconnaissance Department of the Ground Forces Command. On this position he served until 1987. In March, 1st 1988 he was designed to major general and became the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operative, and little after Deputy Commander in Chief and Chief of Staff in the Ground Forces Command. On September, 15th 1990 he was designed to the Commander in Chief of the National People´s Army in the new East German Ministry of Disarmament and Defense.


With the disbandment of the National People´s Army major general Engelhardt retired with effect of October, 2nd 1990.

Upon the reunification of Germany on October 3, 1990, Engelhardt was selected to serve as a civilian advisor with the Bundeswehr-Kommando Ost commanded by lieutenant general Jörg Schönbohm. He was appointed advisor to the Bundeswehr liaison group headed by major general Hartmut Foertsch to the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany (army general Boris Wassiljewitsch Snetkow; replaced by colonel general Matwei Prokopjewitsch Burlakow on December 13, 1990). Additionally, Engelhardt was responsible for all general questions relating to the former National People’s Army.

Orders and decorations

Among numerous orders and decorations major general Lothar Engelhardt was awarded with:

Sources, references

  • Schönbohm, Jörg. Two Armies and One Fatherland. Peter and Elfi Johnson, translators. Berghahn Books, Providence, Rhode Island, 1996 (originally published in 1992 in Germany as Zwei Armeen und ein Vaterland)

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