Günter Kießling

Günter Kießling 20 October 1925 – 28 August 2009 was a German general in the Bundeswehr, who became famous as the subject of what became known as the Kießling or Kiessling Affair

Kießling was born in Frankfurt Oder in the Province of Brandenburg In the Second World War, he was a lieutenant in the infantry and served on the Eastern Front Some time after the war, he joined the Bundesgrenzschutz and later transferred to the Bundeswehr Before his early retirement he was Commander of NATO land forces and deputy to the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe

In 1983 Kießling was secretly accused of homosexuality, which, in his position, was regarded as a security risk and led to his premature retirement The allegations were later found to be without foundation and he was rehabilitated, being briefly reinstated before retiring with full honours

Kießling again achieved public prominence in 1997 when he spoke at the funeral of Josef Rettemeier, a highly decorated World War II soldier and one of the few soldiers to be awarded the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves

Günter Kießling died in Rendsburg, in Schleswig-Holstein, on 28 August 2009


  1. ^ Bacia, Horst 28 August 2009 "Nachruf: Günter Kießling gestorben" Frankfurter Allgemeine in German Retrieved 15 August 2014 Danach trat er in den Bundesgrenzschutz ein und wechselte 1956 zur Bundeswehr  
  2. ^ a b Jacobi, Claus 29 September 2009 "Der General, der an Selbstmord dachte und siegte" Die Welt in German Retrieved 23 September 2015 
  3. ^ Gimson, Andrew 1998-01-15 "Bundeswehr signals end for the citizen's army" Weekly Telegraph Electronic Telegraph, Issue 965 Telegraph Group Limited Retrieved 2007-01-06 Gen Günter Kiessling, 72, gave full vent to the anger felt by many German soldiers when he delivered the address last week at a Bundeswehr ceremony in honour of Col Josef Rettemeier The colonel was awarded the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves for gallantry during the Second World War and later served in the Bundeswehr 

Further reading

  • Günter Kießling: Versäumter Widerspruch Hase & Koehler, Mainz 1993, ISBN 3-7758-1294-6 Autobiography in German
Military offices
Preceded by
Günter Luther
Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe
With Sir Peter Terry

1982 – 1984
Succeeded by
Hans-Joachim Mack
Preceded by
Generalmajor Jürgen Brandt
Commander of 10th Panzer Division Bundeswehr
13 January 1976 – 29 September 1977
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Eberhard Hackensellner

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