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History of the Federal Ministry of Defence

The so-called Amt Blank became the Federal Ministry of Defence on 7 June 1955. Shortly before this date, the Federal Republic of Germany had acceded to NATO. The Federal Ministry of Defence is thus one of the younger ministries of the Federal Government. It can nevertheless look back on a very eventful history.


  • The Bendler Block

    The Bendler Block in Berlin is particularly symbolic of both the lighter and darker sides of recent German military history.


  • Ministers of Defence since 1955

    Since the founding of the Federal Ministry of Defence in 1955, sixteen politicians have held the office of Federal Minster of Defence. Please click on the photograph for more information on the biographies of the individual ministers.



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