|Ulrich de Maizière|
de Maizière in 1969
|Born||24 February 1912|
|Died||26 August 2006(aged 94)|
|Place of birth||Stade, Province of Hanover, German Empire|
|Place of death||Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany|
Weimar Republic (1930-1933)|
Nazi Germany (1933-1945)
West Germany (1955-1972)
|Years of service||
Ulrich de Maizière (German pronunciation: [də mɛˈzi̯ɛːɐ̯]; 24 February 1912 – 26 August 2006) was a German general. He served as an aide to general Adolf Heusinger during World War II and later succeeded Heusinger as Chief of Staff of the Bundeswehr, holding the position from 1966 to 1972. His brother Clemens de Maizière decided to stay in the Soviet-occupied part of Germany and became one of the founding members of the CDU (Ost), his nephew Lothar de Maizière was the last Prime Minister of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), while his son Thomas de Maizière currently serves as Federal Minister of Defense.
He belonged to a noble family of French Huguenot origin, originally from Maizières-lès-Metz.
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