Ranks and insignia of the Waffen-SS

This table contains the final ranks and insignia of the Waffen-SS, which were in use from April 1942 to May 1945, in comparison to the Wehrmacht. The highest rank of the combined SS (German: Gesamt-SS) was that of Reichsführer-SS; however, there was no Waffen-SS equivalent to this position.[citation needed]

TableEdit

Insignia Title
(English)
Army equivalent Approximate equivalents during World War II
Collar[1] Shoulder[1] Sleeve
(parka)
US[1][2] UK[3]
General ranks
      SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer und Generaloberst der Waffen-SS
(SS-Supreme group leader and colonel general of the Waffen-SS)
Generaloberst General General
      SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS
(SS-Senior group leader and general of the Waffen-SS)
General der Waffengattung Lieutenant General Lieutenant General
      SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS
(SS-Group leader and lieutenant general of the Waffen-SS)
Generalleutnant Major General Major General
      SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS
(SS-Brigadier leader and major general of the Waffen-SS)
Generalmajor Brigadier General Brigadier
Officer ranks
      SS-Oberführer
(SS-Senior leader)
No equivalent
equivalent to Kommodore in the Kriegsmarine.
Senior colonel Colonel
    SS-Standartenführer
(SS-Standard leader)
Oberst Colonel Colonel
      SS-Obersturmbannführer
(SS-Senior assault unit leader)
Oberstleutnant Lieutenant Colonel Lieutenant Colonel
      SS-Sturmbannführer
(SS-Assault unit leader)
Major Major Major
      SS-Hauptsturmführer
(SS-Head assault leader)
Hauptmann/Rittmeister Captain Captain
      SS-Obersturmführer
(SS-Senior assault leader)
Oberleutnant First lieutenant Lieutenant
      SS-Untersturmführer
(SS-Second/Junior assault leader)
Leutnant Second lieutenant Second lieutenant
Non-Commissioned Officer ranks
      SS-Sturmscharführer
(SS-Storm squad leader)
Stabsfeldwebel Sergeant major Regimental sergeant major
Various
Depending on rank
  SS-Stabsscharführer
(SS-Staff squad leader)[a]
Hauptfeldwebel
(senior NCO e.g., Oberfeldwebel or Feldwebel, seldom Unterfeldwebel)
N/A (Company) Sergeant Major
      SS-Hauptscharführer
(SS-Head squad leader)
Oberfeldwebel Master Sergeant Sergeant Major
  SS-Standartenoberjunker OA
Officer Aspirant
Fahnenjunker-Oberfeldwebel OA
Officer Aspirant
      SS-Oberscharführer
(SS-Senior squad leader)
Feldwebel Technical sergeant Staff sergeant
  SS-Standartenjunker OA
Officer Aspirant
Fahnenjunker-Feldwebel OA
Officer Aspirant
      SS-Scharführer
(SS-Squad leader)
Unterfeldwebel Staff sergeant Sergeant
  SS-Oberjunker OA
Officer Aspirant
Fahnenjunker-Unterfeldwebel OA
Officer Aspirant
      SS-Unterscharführer
(SS-Junior squad leader)
Unteroffizier Sergeant Corporal
  SS-Junker OA
Officer Aspirant
Fahnenjunker-Unteroffizier OA
(Officer Aspirant)
Enlisted men
No equivalent Stabsgefreiter Administrative corporal Lance corporal
      SS-Rottenführer
(SS-Squad leader)
Obergefreiter Corporal Lance corporal
    SS-Sturmmann
(SS-Assault man/Storm trooper)
Gefreiter Acting Corporal Senior Private
    SS-Oberschütze
(SS-Senior rifleman)
Oberschütze Private 1st class Senior private
No sleeve insignia SS-Schütze
(SS-Rifleman)
Soldat, Schütze, Grenadier Private Private
SS-Anwärter Conscript or military volunteer N/A N/A
Remarks
  • Details, conditions, and prerequisites for SS-Candidates, aspirant or volunteers for full membership to the Allgemeine SS (general SS) are described in the main articles SS-Bewerber (SS-applicant) and SS-Anwärter (SS-aspirant).

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ senior NCO, e.g. Hauptscharführer or Oberscharführer, seldom Scharführer)[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

Citations
  1. ^ a b c War Department 1945.
  2. ^ Zabecki 2014, pp. 1639-1940.
  3. ^ CIA 1999, p. 30.
Bibliography
  • CIA (24 August 1999). "Records Integration Title Book" (PDF). Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  • War Department (15 March 1945). "Chapter IX: Uniforms, Insignia, and Individual Equipment". War Department Technical Manual TM-E 30-451. Plate XX–XXI.
  • Zabecki, David T., ed. (2014). Germany at War: 400 Years of Military History. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 978-1598849806.

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