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German Army and Waffen-SS
Ranks
22 June 1941
 
German Army   Waffen-SS US Army Equivalent  
General Ranks General Ranks General Ranks
G5 Gen.Feldm. Generalfeldmarschal General of the Army G5
G4 Gen.Ob. Generaloberst SS-Obstgruf. SS-Oberstgruppenführer General (lit.: "Colonel General) G4
G3 Gen.d. ...
Gen.d.Art.
Gen.d.Inf.
Gen.d.Kav.
Gen.d.Pz.Tr.

Gen.Ob.St.Arzt
Gen.Ob.St.Vet.
General der ...
  General der Artillerie
  General der Infanterie
  General der Kavallerie
  General der Panzertruppen
Generaloberstabs ...
   Generaloberstabsarzt
   Generaloberstabsveterinär
SS-Ogruf. SS-Obergruppenführer Lieutenant General (... Combat Arm)
  Lieutenant General (Artillery)
  Lieutenant General (Infantry)
  Lieutenant General (Cavalry)
  Lieutenant General (Armor)
Lieutenant General ( ... Service)
  Lieutenant General (Medical Service)
  Lieutenant General (Veterinary Service)
G3
G2 Gen.Lt.

Gen.St.Artz
Gen.St.Vet.
Generalleutnant
Genralstabs ...
  Generalstabsarzt
  Genralstabsveterinär
SS-Gruf. SS-Gruppenführer Major General
Major General ( ... Service)
  Major General (Medical Service)
  Major General (Veterinary Service)
G2
G1 Gen.Maj.

G.A.
Gen.Vet.
Generalmajor
General ...
  Generalarzt
  Generalveterinär
SS-Brig-Fhr. SS-Brigadeführer Brigadier General
Brigadier General ( ... Service)
  Brigadier General (Medical Service)
  Brigadier General (Veterinary Service)
G1
Officer Ranks Officer Ranks Officer Ranks
SS-Oberf. SS-Oberführer (lit.: "Senior Colonel)
O6 Ob. / Obst.

G.O.A.
Obst.Vet.
Oberst
Oberst ...
  Oberstarzt
  Oberstveterinär
SS-Staf. SS-Standartenführer Colonel
Colonel ( ... Service)
  Colonel (Medical Corps)
  Colonel (Veterinary Corps)
O6
O5 Oberstlt.

Ob.F.Arzt
Ob.F.Vet.
Ob.F.Apoth.
Ob.Mus.Insp.
Oberstleutnant
Oberfeld ...
  Oberfeldarzt
  Oberfeldveterinär
  Oberfeldapotheker
  Obermusikinspizient *
SS-Obstubaf. SS-Obersturmbannführer Lieutenant Colonel
Lieutenant Colonel ( ... Service)
  Lieutenant Colonel (Medical Service)
  Lieutenant Colonel (Veterinary Service)
  Lieutenant Colonel (Pharmaceutical Service)
  Lieutenant Colonel (Band)
O5
O4 Maj

ObSta.A.
ObSt.Vet.
ObSt.F.Apoth.
Mus.Insp.
Major
Oberstabs ...
  Oberstabsarzt
  Oberstabsveterinär
  Oberstabsfeldapotheker
Musikinspizient *
SS-Stubaf. SS-Sturmbannführer Major
Major ( ... Service)
  Major (Medical Service)
  Major (Vterinary Service)
  Major (Pharmaceutical Service)
  Major (Band)
O4
O3 Hptm.
Rttm.

Sta.A.
St.Vet.
St.F.Apoth.
St.Mus.Insp.
Hauptmann
Rittmeister
Stabs ...
  Stabsarzt
  Stabsveterinär
  Stabsfeldapotheker
  Stabsmusikmeister *
SS-Hstuf. SS-Hauptsturmführer Captain
Captain (Cavalry)
Captain ( ... Service)
  Captain (Medical Service)
  Captain (Medical Veterinary)
  Captain (Pharmaceutical Service)
  Captain (Music)
O3
O2 Oblt. Oberleutnant
Oberarzt
Oberveterinär
Oberfeldapotheker
Obermusikmeister *
SS-Ostuf. SS-Obersturmführer 1st Lieutenant
  1st Lieutenant (Medical Service)
  1st Lieutenant (Medical Veterinary)
  1st Lieutenant (Pharmaceutical Service)
  1st Lieutenant (Music)
O2
O1 Lt. Leutnant
Assistenzarzt
Apotherker
Veterinär
Musikmeister *
SS-Ustuf. SS-Untersturmführer 2nd Lieutenant
  2nd Lieutenant (Medical Service)
  2nd Lieutenant (Medical Veterinary)
  2nd Lieutenant (Pharmaceutical Service)
  2nd Lieutenant (Music)
O1
As with many European armies (before NATO), the rank designation of Brigadier General did not exist in the German Army, and Colonels were promoted directly to the rank with the designation Generalmajor (Major General). The US Army equivalent ranks indicated here can therefor only be an indication of the hierarchy.
* In the German Army, music officers were not officers, but soldiers with rank officer. They did wear uniforms of officers.
See also:
Military Personnel Billet Groups, Functions, and Ranks Discussed
Military Personnal Job Descriptions
 
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