Wilhelm Heye

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August Wilhelm Heye
Nicola Perscheid - Wilhelm Heye vor 1930.jpg
Wilhelm Heye in a photograph by Nicola Perscheid
Born (1869-01-31)31 January 1869
Died 11 March 1947(1947-03-11) (aged 78)
Allegiance  German Empire
 Weimar Republic
Service/branch 23px Imperial German Army
Years of service 1888–1930
Rank Generaloberst
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Pour le Mérite with Oak Leaves
Relations Hellmuth Heye (son)

August Wilhelm Heye (31 January 1869, Fulda - 11 March 1947, Braunlage) was a German officer who rose to the rank of Generaloberst and became head of the Army Command within the Ministry of the Reichswehr in the Weimar Republic. One of his sons was admiral Hellmuth Heye.


The son of a Prussian officer, Heye joined the Army in 1888 and subsequently became a member of the German General Staff. During the First World War he served on both the East and Western fronts, eventually becoming the last chief of the operations department at the Oberste Heeresleitung (Supreme Army Command). After the end of the war he assisted Hans von Seeckt in organising the new Reichswehr, serving as the second Chief of the Truppenamt and later commander of the Wehrkreis I (Military District I). In 1926 he replaced Seeckt as Chief of Army Command, and held that position until retiring in 1930.

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