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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Heer Ranks

Heer Ranks

The Heer rank system is very complicated, so I have only included the more common ranks. The translation is too American equivalent of ranks. If you have any corrections or additions, then please contact me.

Generalfeldmarschall = Field Marshal

Generalfeldmarschall Collar Generalfeldmarschall Shoulder Generalfeldmarschall Arm
 Collar  Shoulder  Arm

Generaloberst = General

Generaloberst Collar Generaloberst Shoulder Generaloberst Arm
Collar  Shoulder  Arm

General der (Arm) = Lieutenant General

General der (Arm) Collar General der (Arm) Shoulder General der (Arm) Arm


Generalleutnant = Major General

Generalleutnant Collar Generalleutnant Shoulder Generalleutnant Arm
Collar  Shoulder  Arm

Generalmajor = Brigadier General

Generalmajor Collar Generalmajor Shoulder Generalmajor Arm
Collar  Shoulder  Arm

Oberst = Colonel

Oberst Collar Oberst Shoulder Oberst Arm
Collar  Shoulder  Arm

Oberstleutnant = Lieutenant Colonel

Oberstleutnant  Collar Oberstleutnant  Shoulder Oberstleutnant  Arm
Collar  Shoulder  Arm

Major = Major 

Major Collar Major Shoulder Major Arm
Collar  Shoulder  Arm

Hauptmann = Captain

Hauptmann Collar Hauptmann Shoulder Hauptmann Arm
Collar  Shoulder  Arm

Oberleutnant = 1st Lieutenant

Oberleutnant Collar Oberleutnant Shoulder Oberleutnant Arm
Collar  Shoulder  Arm

Leutnant = 2nd Lieutenant

Leutnant Collar Leutnant Shoulder Leutnant Arm
Collar  Shoulder  Arm

Stabsfeldwebel = Sergeant Major 

Restricted to career volunteers, automatic after 12 years' service.

Stabsfeldwebel Collar Stabsfeldwebel Shoulder Stabsfeldwebel Arm
Collar  Shoulder  Arm

Hauptfeldwebel = 1st Major

Hauptfeldwebel Collar Hauptfeldwebel Shoulder Hauptfeldwebel Arm
Collar  Shoulder  Arm

Oberfeldwebel  = Master Sergeant

Oberfeldwebel Collar Oberfeldwebel Shoulder Oberfeldwebel Arm
Collar  Shoulder  Arm

Feldwebel = Techical Sergeant

From mid-war an automatic promotion for acting platoon leaders with 4 months' combat experience.

Feldwebel  Collar Feldwebel  Shoulder Feldwebel  Arm
Collar  Shoulder  Arm

Unterfeldwebel = Staff Sergeant

Called Sergeant to 1921. Automatic after 6 years' service and 3 years as an Unteroffizier if not yet advanced to Feldwebel/Wachtmeister.

Unterfeldwebel  Collar Unterfeldwebel  Shoulder Unterfeldwebel  Arm
Collar  Shoulder  Arm

Unteroffizier = Sergeant

Soldier selected for or attending Unteroffizierschule (NCO school); could be of any rank from Soldat through Stabsgefreiter

Unteroffizier Collar Unteroffizier Shoulder Unteroffizier Arm
Collar  Shoulder  Arm

Stabsgefreiter = Administrative Corp

Promotions to this rank were suspended in 1934, although existing Stabsgefreiter retained it, promotions resumed in 1942. Automatic after 5 years' service and 2 years as an Obergefreiter if not yet an NCO.

Stabsgefreiter  Collar Stabsgefreiter  Shoulder Stabsgefreiter Arm
Collar  Shoulder  Arm

Obergefreiter = Corporal, with over six years service

Obergefreiter Collar Obergefreiter Shoulder Obergefreiter Arm
Collar  Shoulder  Arm

Obergefreiter = Corporal, with over six years service

Obergefreiter Collar Obergefreiter Shoulder Obergefreiter Arm
Collar  Shoulder  Arm

Gefreiter = Acting Corporal

Gefreiter Collar Gefreiter Shoulder Gefreiter Arm
Collar  Shoulder  Arm

Obergrenadier = Private 1st Class

Obergrenadier Collar Obergrenadier Shoulder Obergrenadier Arm
Collar  Shoulder  Arm

Grenadier = Private

Grenadier Collar Grenadier Shoulder
Collar  Shoulder

Oberfähnrich = SR Officer Candidate

Graduate serving as acting lieutenant, ensign or 3rd Lieutenant prior to commissioning as an officer.

Oberfähnrich Collar  Oberfähnrich Shoulder Oberfähnrich Arm
Collar  Shoulder  Arm

Fähnrich = Officer Candidate

Fähnrich Collar Fähnrich Shoulder Fähnrich Arm
Collar  Shoulder  Arm

Sources

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