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Frederick I, Grand Duke of Baden as Prussian colonel general (with the rank of Generalfeldmaschall (GFM)

Insignias colonel general Heer (Army)

Collar tab

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Junior Rank
General
Rank
Colonel general

(Four-star rank)

Senior Rank
Generalfeldmarschall (GFM)

The following is an incomplete list of German colonel generals.

List[edit | edit source]

German Empire[edit | edit source]

See also: ⇒ de: List of the German Empire's colonel generals

Generals later promoted to General Field Marshall (GFM) are not included.

Promoted Name Born Died Notes
1873 Prince August of Württemberg 1813 1885 Commander-in-Chief in the so-called Marken and Governor of Berlin
1888 Frederick I, Grand Duke of Baden 1826 1907 with the rank of a GFM, Inspector of the Army
1889 Charles Alexander, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach 1818 1901 à la suite of the Royal Saxon Army
1890 Prince of Bismarck, Duke of Lauenburg 1815 1898 with the rank of GFM à la suite of the army, Minister President of Prussia
1905 Bernhard III, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen 1851 1928 with the rank of a GFM, Inspector of the Army
1905 Frederick II, Grand Duke of Baden 1857 1928 with the rank of a Inspector of the Army
1908 Hans von Plessen 1841 1929 with the rank of a GFM, adjudant general of the Empire and commander of the HQ
1909 Prince Henry of Prussia 1862 1929 with the rank of a GFM, Großadmiral, Inspector-General of the Navy, à la suite of the Prussian Army
1910 Prince Friedrich Leopold of Prussia 1856 1931 à la suite of the Prussian Army
1911 Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein 1831 1917 à la suite of the Prussian Army
1911 Gustav von Kessel 1846 1918 adjudant general of the Empire, Commander-in-Chief in the socalled Marken and Governor of Berlin
1911 Carl von Horn 1847 1923 War Minister of Bavaria
1912 Otto Kreß von Kressenstein 1850 1929 War Minister of Bavaria
1913 Duke Philipp of Württemberg 1838 1917 à la suite Army of Württemberg
1913 Maximilian von Prittwitz 1848 1917 Prussian army commander
1914 Moriz von Lyncker 1853 1932 Chief of the Military cabinet
1914 Friedrich von Scholl 1846 1928 adjudant general of the Empire
1914 Helmuth von Moltke the Younger 1848 1916 Chief of the German General Staff
1914 Max Freiherr von Hausen 1846 1922 Minister-President of Saxony and German Army commander
1914 Alexander von Kluck 1846 1934 Prussian army commander
1914 Moritz von Bissing 1844 1917 Prussian General Governorate of Belgium
1915 Karl von Einem 1853 1934 Prussian army commander
1915 Otto von Marchtaler 1854 1920 württembergischer Kriegsminister
1917 Günther Graf von Kirchbach 1850 1925 Prussian Heeresgruppenführer
1918 Felix Graf von Bothmer 1852 1937 Bavarian army commander
1918 Karl Ludwig d'Elsa 1849 1922 Saxonian army commander
1918 Hans von Kirchbach 1849 1928 Saxonian army commander

Reichswehr[edit | edit source]

Nazi Germany Wehrmacht[edit | edit source]

Heer[edit | edit source]

See also: ⇒ World War II German Army ranks and insignia

Complete list of colonel generals (also those who were promoted to Generalfeldmarschall):

Promoted Name Born Died Notes
20 Apr 1936 Werner von Fritsch 1880 1939 Commander-in-Chief of the Oberkommando des Heeres
4 Feb 1938 Walther von Brauchitsch 1881 1948 19 July 1940 Generalfeldmarschall
1 Mar 1938 Gerd von Rundstedt 1875 1953 19 July 1940 Generalfeldmarschall
15 Mar 1938 Fedor von Bock 1880 1945 19 July 1940 Generalfeldmarschall
1 Nov 1938 Ludwig Beck 1880 1944 Chief of the German General Staff
1 Nov 1938 Wilhelm Keitel 1882 1946 19 July 1940 Generalfeldmarschall
1 Jan 1939 Wilhelm Adam 1877 1949 Commander-in-Chief of the Heeresgruppe 2 in Kassel (1938)
20 Apr 1939 Wilhelm List 1880 1971 19 July 1940 Generalfeldmarschall
1 Oct 1939 Johannes Blaskowitz 1883 1948 8th Army (Wehrmacht) - 9th Army (Wehrmacht) - 1st Army (Wehrmacht) - Army Group G - Army Group H - 25th Army (Wehrmacht)
1 Oct 1939 Günther von Kluge 1882 1944 19 July 1940 Generalfeldmarschall
1 Oct 1939 Walter von Reichenau 1884 1942 19 July 1940 Generalfeldmarschall
1 Nov 1939 Wilhelm von Leeb 1876 1956 19 July 1940 Generalfeldmarschall
1 Nov 1939 Erwin von Witzleben 1881 1944 19 July 1940 Generalfeldmarschall
19 July 1940 Ernst Busch 1885 1945 1 Feb 1943 Generalfeldmarschall
19 July 1940 Friedrich Dollmann 1882 1944 7th Army (Wehrmacht)
19 July 1940 Nikolaus von Falkenhorst 1885 1968 Army HC Norwegen
19 July 1940 Friedrich Fromm 1888 1945 Replacement Army
19 July 1940 Heinz Guderian 1884 1954 Army Group Guderian - 2nd Panzer Army -Chief of the German General Staff
19 July 1940 Curt Haase 1881 1943 15th Army (Wehrmacht)
19 July 1940 Franz Halder 1884 1972 Chief of the German General Staff
19 July 1940 Hermann Hoth 1885 1971 17th Army (Wehrmacht) - 4th Panzer Army - Army Group Hoth
19 July 1940 Erich Hoepner 1886 1944 4th Panzer Army
19 July 1940 Ewald von Kleist 1881 1954 1 Feb 1943 Generalfeldmarschall
19 July 1940 Georg von Küchler 1881 1968 30 June 1942 Generalfeldmarschall
19 July 1940 Eugen von Schobert 1883 1941 11th Army (Wehrmacht)
19 July 1940 Adolf Strauß 1879 1973 9th Army (Wehrmacht)
19 July 1940 Maximilian von Weichs 1881 1954 1 Feb 1943 Generalfeldmarschall
1 Jan 1942 Georg-Hans Reinhardt 1887 1963 3rd Panzer Army - Army Group Center
1 Jan 1942 Rudolf Schmidt 1886 1957 2nd Panzer Army
30 Jan 1942 Erwin Rommel 1891 1944 22 June 1942 Generalfeldmarschall
28 Feb 1942 Walter Model 1891 1945 1 Mar 1944 Generalfeldmarschall
7 Mar 1942 Erich von Manstein 1887 1973 1 July 1942 Generalfeldmarschall
1 Apr 1942 Richard Ruoff 1883 1967 4th Panzer Army - 17th Army (Wehrmacht) - Army Group Ruoff - 17th Army (Wehrmacht)
1 June 1942 Eduard Dietl 1890 1944 Army Lapland - 20th Mountain Army
5 July 1942 Georg Lindemann 1884 1963 18th Army (Wehrmacht) - Army Group North - Army Lindemann
20 Nov 1942 Friedrich Paulus 1890 1957 31 Jan 1943 Generalfeldmarschall
4 Dec 1942 Hans-Jürgen von Arnim 1889 1962 5th Panzer Army - Army Group Africa
1 Jan 1943 Gotthard Heinrici 1886 1971 4th Army (Wehrmacht) - 1st Panzer Army - Army Group Vistula
1 Jan 1943 Hans von Salmuth 1888 1962 2nd Army (Wehrmacht) - 15th Army (Wehrmacht)
30 Jan 1943 Walter Heitz 1878 1944 15th Army (Wehrmacht)
31 Jan 1943 Karl Strecker 1884 1973
6 July 1943 Eberhard von Mackensen 1889 1969 1st Panzer Army - 14th Army (Wehrmacht)
1 Sep 1943 Heinrich Gottfried von Vietinghoff-Scheel 1887 1952 9th Army (Wehrmacht) - 15th Army (Wehrmacht) - 10th Army (Wehrmacht) - Army Group Kurland - Army Group C
1 Sep 1943 Karl-Adolf Hollidt 1891 1985 6th Army (Wehrmacht)
30 Jan 1944 Alfred Jodl 1890 1946 Chief of the Operations Staff of the Armed Forces High Command (Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, or OKW)
30 Jan 1944 Erwin Jaenecke 1890 1960 17th Army (Wehrmacht)
30 Jan 1944 Walter Weiß 1890 1967 2nd Army (Wehrmacht) - Army Group North - Army Group East Prussia
30 Jan 1944 Kurt Zeitzler 1895 1963 Chief of the German General Staff
20 Apr 1944 Josef Harpe 1887 1968 9th Army (Wehrmacht) - 4th Panzer Army - Army Group North Ukraine - Army Group A - 5th Panzer Army
1 Apr 1944 Lothar Rendulic 1887 1971 2nd Panzer Army - 20th Mountain Army
1 Apr 1944 Hans-Valentin Hube 1890 1944 1st Panzer Army
20 May 1944 Ferdinand Schörner 1892 1973 5 Apr 1945 Generalfeldmarschall
23 July 1944 Johannes Frießner 1892 1971 Army Group Friessner - Army Group North - Army Group South Ukraine - Army Group South
15 Aug 1944 Erhard Raus 1888 1948 4th Panzer Army - 1st Panzer Army - 3rd Panzer Army
7 May 1945 Carl Hilpert 1888 1948 16th Army (Wehrmacht) - Army Group Kurland

Luftwaffe[edit | edit source]

⇒ See also: Military Ranks of the Luftwaffe (1935–1945)

Insignia colonel general
WMacht Lw OF9 GenOberst h 1945.svg
Luftwaffe collar tabs Generaloberst 3D.svg
Luftwaffe paraman Generaloberst 3D.svg
Epaulette Collar taps Sleeve badge
Promoted Name Born Died Notes
1943 Otto Deßloch 1889 1977 Commanding general Luftflotte 4
1940 Ulrich Grauert 1889 1941
1942 Hans Jeschonnek 1899 1943
1940 Alfred Keller 1882 1974
1944 Günther Korten 1898 1944 posthumous promotion
1941 Alexander Löhr 1885 1947
1943 Bruno Loerzer 1891 1960
1942 Günther Rüdel 1883 1950
1944 Kurt Student 1890 1978
1940 Hans-Jürgen Stumpff 1889 1968
1940 Ernst Udet 1896 1941
1940 Hubert Weise 1884 1950

Waffen-SS[edit | edit source]

List of the SS Oberst-Gruppenführer and Generaloberst of the Waffen-SS
Insignias

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Police in Nazi Germany[edit | edit source]

SS Oberst-Gruppenführer and Generaloberst of the Police:

Insignias
Generaloberst der Polizei shoulderboard.gif
GenObst d. Polizei Kragenspiegel 1942-45.gif

German Democratic Republic (GDR)[edit | edit source]

National People's Army[edit | edit source]

⇒ See also: Rank insignias

Insignias
GDR Army OF8 Generaloberst.gif
GDR Army Arab OF6-9.jpg
Promoted Name Born Died Notes
1988 Klaus-Dieter Baumgarten 1931 2008 Deputy Defence minister and Commanding General of the GDR's Border Troops
1987 Horst Brünner 1929 2008
1977 Werner Fleißner 1922 1985
1986 Joachim Goldbach 1929 2008
1979 Erich Peter 1919 1987
1989 Fritz Peter 1927 Chief of the GDR's Civil defense
1979 Wolfgang Reinhold 1923 2012 Deputy Defence minister and Commanding General of the Kommando LSK/LV
1972 Herbert Scheibe 1914 1991 Deputy Defence minister and Commanding General of the Kommando LSK/LV
1976 Horst Stechbarth 1925 Deputy Defence minister and Commanding General of the Landstreitkraefte
1979 Fritz Streletz 1926
1966 Kurt Wagner 1904 1989

Ministerium für Staatssicherheit (MfS)[edit | edit source]

German Volkspolizei (DVP)[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

Comparative officer ranks of World War II
List of Austro-Hungarian colonel generals

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