Oberfeldwebel (OFw or OF) is the fourth-lowest non-commissioned officer (NCO) rank in German Army and German Air Force.[1]

Oberfeldwebel
HD H 32 Oberfeldwebel HFla.svg LD B 32 Oberfeldwebel.svg
Heer and Luftwaffe shoulder insignia
Country Germany
Service branch German Army
 German Air Force
AbbreviationOFw
RankGerman NCO rank
NATO rankOR-6
Non-NATO rankE-6
Formation1957
Next higher rankHauptfeldwebel
Next lower rankFeldwebel
Equivalent ranksOberbootsmann

HistoryEdit

The rank was introduced first by the German Reichswehr in 1920. Preferable most experienced Protégée-NCO of the old army have been promoted.

The Reichswehr Oberfeldwebel (OR-7) was taken over as second-highest Protégée-NCO rank by the German Wehrmacht in 1935. In the military branch cavalry, artillery and anti-aircraft artillery it was called Oberwachtmeister.

The equivalent rank to the Oberfeldwebel in the Waffen-SS was the SS-Hauptscharführer from 1938 until 1945.

The rank has been used in the GDR National People's Army from 1956 until 1990 as well.

Rank informationEdit

It is grouped as OR6 in NATO, equivalent in the US Army to Staff Sergeant, or in British Army / RAF to Sergeant.

In army/ air force context NCOs of this rank were formally addressed as Herr Oberfeldwebel also informally / short Oberfeld.

The sequence of ranks (top-down approach) in that particular group (Senior NCOs with portepee) is as follows:

Remark

The abbreviation "OR" stands for "Other Ranks / fr: sous-officiers et militaires du rang / ru:другие ранги, кроме офицероф"!

junior Rank
Feldwebel
   

(German NCO rank)
Oberfeldwebel

senior Rank
Hauptfeldwebel
Oberfähnrich

Equivalent in other NATO countries Army/Air ForceEdit

  •   – Tetar / no equivalent
  •   – 1er sergeant-chef and 1er sergeant
  •   – Сержант (en: Sershant)
  •   – Sergeant
  •   – Narednik
  •   – Nadrotmistr/
  •   – no equivalent
  •   – Veebel/
  •   – Sergent-chef; Maréchal-des-logis-chef
  •   – Επιλοχίας; Epilochias
  •   – Törzsőrmester
  •   – Flokkstjóri 1.
  •   – Sergente maggiore
  •   – Virsseržants
  •   – Vyresnysis seržantas
  •   – N.N.
  •   – Sergeant der 1e klasse; Wachtmeester der 1e klasse
  •   – no equivalent
  •   – Starszy sierżant
  •   – Primeiro-sargento
  •  
  •   – Rotný
  •   – Višji vodnik
  •   – Sargento
  •   – Astsubay Kıdemli Çavuş
  •   – Старшина (en: Starshina)
  •   – Sergeant (British Army/Royal Air Force)
  •   – Staff Sergeant(US Army)/Technical Sergeant (USAF)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ BROCKHAUS, The encyclopedia in 24 volumes (1796–2001), Volume 7: 3-7653-3676-9, page 185