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Corps colours, or Troop-function colours (ge: "Waffenfarbe(n)") were means the German Waffen-SS used to distinguish between different branches of service, corps, services or troop functions.

The scheme of colors to indicate troop types was similar to that of the Wehrmacht Heer (German Army) from 1935 to 1945. The colours appeared mainly on the piping around the shoulder boards showing a soldier’s rank.

The table below contains some corps colours used by the SS from 1938-45.

Regiment or Battalion type Colour Example Remarks
General Officers

Personal staff of the RFSS

Silver-grey
SS Oberstgruppenführer.jpg
SS-Oberst-Gruppenfuehrer and all generals of the Waffen-SS
Infantry
* Motorized infantry
* Panzergrenadiers
White SS Panzergrenadierregiment.svg Flagge SS-PzGrenRegt 40
WSS Inf OF5 Oberf Staf h 1945.jpg * Oberfuehrer of the Waffen-SS
* Standartenfuehrer of the Waffen-SS
Artillery
* Assault guns (Sturmgeschuetze)
* Flak
Scarlet LSSAH Artillerie Wimpel.svg Artillery flag
HH-SS-Obersturmbannfuhrer-Shoulder Strap.png Obersturmbannführer of the Waffen-SS
Veterinary service Carmine red HH-SS-Sturmbannfuhrer-Shoulder Strap(2).png SS-Sturmbannfuehrer of the SS-Veterinary service
Legal service Bordeaux red no example
Geologists Light pink no example
Transport Light salmon-pink no example
* Panzers
* Panzerjägers (Tank destroyers)
Rose-pink
SS Scharführer (Panzertruppe).jpg
Scharfuehrer of the Waffen-SS
* Signals
* War correspondents
Lemon yellow
SS Oberscharführer-Fm.jpg
Oberscharfuehrer of the Waffen-SS
identical weapon colour to the Heer of the German Wehrmacht
* Cavalry
* Reconnaissance (1942–45)
* Armored reconnaissance
Golden yellow
SS Hauptscharführer (Totenkopfverbände).jpg
Hauptscharfuehrer of the Waffen-SS
* Field police
* Special seervices
Orange
SS Unterscharführer-MP.jpg
SS Standartenjunker.jpg
* Untersturfuehrer of the Waffen-SS

* SS-Standartenjunker (officer candidate OR-6) of the Waffen-SS
Reconnaissance (1938–42) Copper-brown * Standartenfuehrer of the Waffen-SS
* Oberführer of the Waffen-SS
Concentration camps Light brown
SS Hauptscharführer (Totenkopfverbände).jpg
Hauptsturmfuehrer of the Waffen-SS
Security service

(Sicherheitsdienst)

Poison green
SS Sturmscharführer-SD.jpg
SS-Sturmscharfuehrer of the „Sicherheitsdienst des Reichsführers-SS“.
Gebirgsjäger (mountain troops) Meadow green
Shoulder-wss-ill-untersturmf.jpg
SS-Untersturmfuehrer of the Waffen-SS,
identical weapon colour to the Heer of the German Wehrmacht
* SS-Sonderfeuhrer
* Recruitmant service
* Reserve officers
Dark green no example
Supply Light blue
SS Hauptsturmführer (Nachschub).jpg
SS-Hauptasturmfuehrer of the Waffen-SS
Administration Bright blue no example
Medical service Cornflower blue
WSS Staf-Oberf-Medical.png
* Standartenfuehrer of the Waffen-SS medical service
* Oberführer of the Waffen-SS medical service
* Engineers
* Assault engineers
* Construction engineers
Black no example
identical weapon colour to the Heer of the German Wehrmacht

References[edit | edit source]

  • Glossary of German military terms
  • Adolf Schlicht, John R. Angolia: Die deutsche Wehrmacht, Uniformierung und Ausrüstung 1933-1945
    Vol. 1: Das Heer (ISBN 3613013908), Motorbuch Verlag, Stuttgart 1992
    Vol. 3: Die Luftwaffe (ISBN 3-613-02001-7), Motorbuch Verlag, Stuttgart 1999
    (very detailed information and discussion but no coloured images)
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