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Günther Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Pancke (1 May 1899 – 17 August 1973) was an SS-Obergruppenführer (General) and the Higher SS and Police Leader of Denmark.

Pancke was born in Gnesen (Gniezno), Province of Posen, German Empire. He served during the First World War as frontline officer with the rank of Leutnant. Between 1920 and 1927 he stayed in South America. He joined the Nazi Party on 1 August 1930, and the SS on 1 June 1931.

Pancke was appointed as Verbindungsoffizier between the Führerhauptquartier and the SS-Totenkopfverbänden and Einsatzgruppen des SD in 1939. After that he served as Höherer SS- und Polizeiführer "Mitte". From October 1943 until the end of the war he was appointed as the SS- und Polizeiführer "Dänemark" and was promoted to Obergruppenführer und General der Polizei on 20 April 1944, and General der Waffen-SS on 21 March 1945.

After 8 years of imprisonment in Denmark, Pancke was released 1953 and died on 17 August 1973 in Hamburg.


Rank Achieved
Leutnant June 1918
SS-Sturmführer 25 December 1932
SS-Sturmhauptführer 30 January 1933
SS-Sturmbannführer 12 June 1933
SS-Obersturmbannführer 3 September 1933
SS-Standartenführer 15 December 1933
SS-Oberführer 20 April 1934
SS-Brigadeführer 13 September 1936
Rittmeister a.D. 1 February 1938
SS-Gruppenführer 1 September 1938
Generalleutnant der Polizei 10 April 1941
SS-Obergruppenführer 21 June 1943
General der Polizei 20 April 1944
General der Waffen-SS 21 March 1945

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