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

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Rank insignia
collar badge
Shoulder strap Sleeve
(parka)
Rank of the Waffen-SS Equivalent to the Wehrmacht (Heer)
SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer collar.svg
SS Oberstgruppenführer.jpg
GenOberst Oberstgruf OF9 cam slv 1942-1945.png
SS-Oberst-gruppenführer und Generaloberst der Waffen-SS
(SS-Supreme group leader and colonel general of the Waffen-SS)
Generaloberst
(OF-9)
WMacht H OF9 GenOberst h 1935-1945.svg
SS-Obergruppenführer Collar Rank.svg
SS Obergruppenführer.jpg
GenWaGtg Ogruf OF8 cam slv02 1942-1945.png
SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS
(SS-Senior group leader and general of the Waffen-SS)
General der Infanterie (etc.)
(OF-8)
WMacht H OF8 GenWaGtg h 1935-1945.svg
SS-Gruppenführer Collar Rank.svg
SS Gruppenführer.jpg
GenLt Gruf OF7 cam slv02 1942-1945.png
SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS
(SS-Group leader and lieutenant general of the Waffen-SS)
Generalleutnant
(OF-7)
WMacht H OF7 GenLt h 1935-1945.svg
SS-Brigadeführer Collar Rank.svg
SS Brigadeführer.jpg
GenMaj Brif OF6 cam slv02 1942-1945.png
SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS
(SS-Brigade leader and major general of the Waffen-SS)
Generalmajor
(OF-6)
WMacht H OF6 GenMaj h 1935-1945.svg
SS-Oberführer Collar Rank.svg
WSS Inf OF5 Oberf Staf h 1945.jpg
WSS-Oberführer OF5a cam slv 1942-1945.png
SS-Oberführer
(SS-Senior leader of the Waffen-SS)
Heer - decal for helmet 1942.svg No equivalent.
SS-Standartenführer Collar Rank.svg
WSS Inf OF5 Oberf Staf h 1945.jpg
Oberst Staf OF5 cam slv 1942-1945.png
SS-Standartenführer
(SS-Regiment leader)
Oberst
(OF-5)
WMacht H OF5 Oberst02 PzGren h.jpg
SS-Obersturmbannführer.svg
Shoulder-wss-ill-obersturmbannf.jpg
OTL Ostubaf OF4 cam slv 1942-1945.png
SS-Obersturmbannführer
(SS-Senior assault unit leader)
Oberstleutnant
(OF-4)
WMacht H OF4 OTL Pz h.jpg
SS-Sturmbannfuehrer collar.svg
Shoulder-wss-ill-sturmbannf.jpg
Maj Stubaf OF3 cam slv 1942-1945.png
SS-Sturmbannführer
(SS-Assault unit leader)
Major
(OF-3)
Major Epaulette.jpg
SS-Hauptsturmführer collar.svg
SS Hauptsturmführer (Nachschub).jpg
Hptm Hstuf OF2 cam slv 1945.png
SS-Hauptsturmführer
(SS-Chief assault leader)
Hauptmann/Rittmeister
(OF-2)
Hauptmann Epaulette.jpg
SS-Obersturmführer.svg
Shoulder-wss-ill-obersturmf.jpg
OLt Ostuf OF1a cam slv 1942-1945.png
SS-Obersturmführer
(SS-Senior assault leader)
Oberleutnant
(OF-1)
Oberleutnant Epaulette.jpg
SS-Untersturmführer.svg
Shoulder-wss-ill-untersturmf.jpg
Lt Ustuf OF1b cam slv 1942-1945.png
SS-Untersturmführer
(SS-Junior assault leader)
Leutnant
(OF-1)
Leutnant Epaulette.jpg
SS-Sturmscharführer.svg
SS Sturmscharführer-SD.jpg
StFw Stuscha OR8 cam slv 1945.gif
SS-Sturmscharführer
(SS-Assault squad leader)
Stabsfeldwebel (OR-8)
WMacht Lw OR8 StFw h 1945.svg
SS-Sturmscharführer, German nickname "Spiess" is a specific appointment, comparable to the "company sergeant major". Appointment insignia: so-called "double piston rings" on both cuffs (of sleeves) on the uniform jacket and the overcoat. The position is committed to experienced senor NCO already promoted to SS-Hauptscharführers (OR-7 or SS-Scharführer (OR-6), seldom SS-Scharführer (OR-5). SS-Stabsscharführer "Spiess"
(senor NCO, e.g. Hauptscharführer or Oberscharführer, seldom Scharführer)
Hauptfeldwebel "Spiess"
(senior NCO e.g., Oberfeldwebel or Feldwebel, seldom Unterfeldwebel)
SS-Hauptscharführer.svg
SS Hauptscharführer (Totenkopfverbände).jpg
OFw Hscha OR7 cam slv 1945.gif
SS-Hauptscharführer
(SS-Chief squad leader)
(SS-Standartenoberjunker / Offiziersanwärter)
Oberfeldwebel (OR-7)
(Oberfähnrich / Offiziersanwärter)
WMacht Lw OR7 OFw h 1945.svg
SS-Oberscharführer.svg
SS Oberscharführer-Fm.jpg
Fw Oscha OR6 cam slv 1945.gif
SS-Oberscharführer
(SS-Senior squad leader)

(SS-Standartenjunker / Offiziersanwärter)

Feldwebel (OR-6)
(Fähnrich / Offiziersanwärter)
FeldwebelEpaulette.jpg
SS-Scharführer.svg
SS Scharführer (Panzertruppe).jpg
UFw Scha OR5a cam slv 1945.gif
SS-Scharführer
(SS-Squad leader)
(SS-Oberjunker / Offiziersanwärter)
Unterfeldwebel (OR-5)
WMacht Lw OR5a UFw h 1945.svg
SS-Unterscharführer.svg
SS Unterscharführer-MP.jpg
Uffz Uscha OR5b cam slv 1945.gif
SS-Unterscharführer
(SS-Junior squad leader)
(SS-Junker / Offiziersanwärter)
Unteroffizier (OR-4)
(Fahnenjunker / Offiziersanwärter)
WMacht H OT5b Uffz Pz04 h.jpg
No equivalent Stabsgefreiter (OR-4) WMacht H Inf OR4-1 Mannschaften01 h 1935-1945.jpg
WMacht H OR4 StGefr 1935-1945.svg
center‎
WSS-Rottenf OF3 slv 1938-1945.gif
SS Mannschaft.jpg
SS-Rottenführer
(SS-Section leader)
Obergefreiter (OR-4) WMacht H Inf OR4-1 Mannschaften01 h 1935-1945.jpg

WMacht H OR3a OGefr.svg WMacht H OR3b OGefr.svg

center‎
WSS-Stuma OF2 slv 1938-1945.gif
SS Mannschaft.jpg
SS-Sturmmann
(SS-Storm trooper)
Gefreiter (OR-3) WMacht H Inf OR4-1 Mannschaften01 h 1935-1945.jpg
WMacht H OR2 Gefr 1935-1945.svg
SS-Mann, SS-Schuetze, SS-Oberschuetze collar.svg
SSpfcsldr.gif
SS Mannschaft.jpg
SS-Oberschütze
(SS-Senior rifleman)
Oberschütze (OR-2) WMacht H Inf OR4-1 Mannschaften01 h 1935-1945.jpg
WMacht OR1a Ober…(Soldat) 1935-1945.svg
SS-Mann, SS-Schuetze, SS-Oberschuetze collar.svg
SS Mannschaft.jpg
SS-Schütze
(SS-Rifleman)
Soldat, Schütze, Grenadier (OR-1)
WMacht H Inf OR4-1 Mannschaften01 h 1935-1945.jpg
Volunteer to the service of the Waffen-SS Conscript or military volunteer who enlists and may become an NCO or Officer of the Wehrmacht
Remarks

Details, conditions, and prerequisites for SS-Candidates, aspirant or volunteers for full membership to the Allgemeine SS are described in the main articles SS-Bewerber and SS-Anwärter.

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References[edit | edit source]

Sources[edit | edit source]

  • Bedurftig, Friedemann, and Zenter, Christian. The Encyclopedia of the Third Reich. 1985.
  • Cook, Stan and Bender, R. James. Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler - Volume One: Uniforms, Organization, & History. San Jose, CA: R. James Bender Publishing, 1994. ISBN 978-0-912138-55-8
  • Hayes, A. SS Uniforms, Insignia and Accoutrements. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. 2000. ISBN 978-0-7643-0046-2
  • Lumsden, Robin. A Collector's Guide To: The Allgemeine - SS, Ian Allan Publishing, Inc. 2002. ISBN 0-7110-2905-9
  • Mollo, Andrew. Uniforms of the SS, Collected Edition Vol. 1–6. Motorbooks Intl. 1997. ISBN 978-1-85915-048-1
  • Personnel Service Records of the S.S., National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland

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