Frido von Senger und Etterlin

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Person.png Frido von Senger und Etterlin  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Fridolin von Senger und Etterlin.jpg
Born4 September 1891
Died9 January 1963 (Age 71)
ChildrenFerdinand von Senger and Etterlin
SpouseHilda von Kracht
Member ofRhodes Scholar/1911
General in the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany during World War II, who helped rebuild the German army after the war. Attended Königswinter conferences and the 1959 Bilderberg.

Fridolin von Senger und Etterlin was a general in the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany in Italy during World War II. He continued his military career as advisor in the Bundeswehr, the reconstituted West German army. He attended the 1959 Bilderberg. He was invited to the Königswinter conferences by Lilo Milchsack.


In 1950, Senger was one of the authors of the Himmerod memorandum which addressed the issue of rearmament (Wiederbewaffnung) of the Federal Republic of Germany after World War II.

From July 1955 to 1956 he was a member of the personnel appraisal committee for the new Bundeswehr, assessing political reliability. From 1956 to 1958 he was a member of the leading "Control Group" of the Operational History (German) Section of the "Historical Division" of the US Army and repeatedly traveled to the United States to give lectures in American military schools on the strategy of the Wehrmacht against the Red Army. Senger und Etterlin was also member of the working group for military research, in which former Wehrmacht generals and civil historians wrote on the history of the Second World War[1]. From 1958 he was a member of the Advisory Board for internal management issues in the Bundeswehr.

Personal life

Senger married Hilda von Kracht (* 1891), a daughter of Lieutenant General Friedrich von Kracht (1844–1933) in Dessau in 1919. The couple had two children: their son Ferdinand von Senger and Etterlin (1923–1987) became a general in the Bundeswehr and NATO commander in chief for Central Europe; the daughter Maria Josepha (1926-2017) married the Italian Count Cesare Gani (*1925) in 1947.


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/195918 September 195920 September 1959Turkey
The 8th Bilderberg and the first in Turkey. 60 guests.
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  1. Esther-Julia Howell: Von den Besiegten lernen? Die kriegsgeschichtliche Kooperation der U.S. Armee und der ehemaligen Wehrmachtselite 1945–1961. De Gruyter Oldenbourg, Berlin 2015, S. 227 u. S. 342 (dort Zusammenstellung seiner biografischen Daten als „Biogramm“)