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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
SS Oberstgruppenführer
Genob-obrstgrf
SS-Oberst-gruppenführer und Generaloberst der Waffen-SS
(SS-Supreme group leader and colonel general of the Waffen-SS)
Generaloberst
(OF-9)
Generaloberst (Wehrmacht) 8
SS-Obergruppenführer Collar Rank
SS Obergruppenführer
Gend-obgf
SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS
(SS-Senior group leader and general of the Waffen-SS)
General der Infanterie (etc.)
(OF-8)
General (Wehrmacht) 1
SS-Gruppenführer Collar Rank
SS Gruppenführer
Genl-grpf
SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS
(SS-Group leader and lieutenant general of the Waffen-SS)
Generalleutnant
(OF-7)
Generalleutnant (Wehrmacht)
SS-Brigadeführer Collar Rank
SS Brigadeführer
Genm-brgf
SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS
(SS-Brigade leader and major general of the Waffen-SS)
Generalmajor
(OF-6)
Generalmajor (Wehrmacht)
SS-Oberführer Collar Rank
SS Standartenführer (Oberführer) der Infanterie
Oberfuehrer
SS-Oberführer
(SS-Senior leader of the Waffen-SS)
Heer - decal for helmet 1942 No equivalent.
SS-Standartenführer Collar Rank
SS Standartenführer (Oberführer) der Infanterie
Oberst-standf
SS-Standartenführer
(SS-Regiment leader)
Oberst
(OF-5)
Oberst Epaulette
SS-Obersturmbannführer
Shoulder-wss-ill-obersturmbannf
Oberstleu-oberstbnf
SS-Obersturmbannführer
(SS-Senior assault unit leader)
Oberstleutnant
(OF-4)
Oberstleutnant Epaulette
SS-Sturmbannfuehrer collar
Shoulder-wss-ill-sturmbannf
Major-sturmb
SS-Sturmbannführer
(SS-Assault unit leader)
Major
(OF-3)
Major Epaulette
SS-Hauptsturmführer collar
SS Hauptsturmführer (Nachschub)
Hauptm-hauptstf
SS-Hauptsturmführer
(SS-Chief assault leader)
Hauptmann/Rittmeister
(OF-2)
Hauptmann Epaulette
SS-Obersturmführer
Shoulder-wss-ill-obersturmf
Oberleut-oberstf
SS-Obersturmführer
(SS-Senior assault leader)
Oberleutnant
(OF-1)
Oberleutnant Epaulette
SS-Untersturmführer
Shoulder-wss-ill-untersturmf
Leutn-unterstf
SS-Untersturmführer
(SS-Junior assault leader)
Leutnant
(OF-1)
Leutnant Epaulette
SS-Sturmscharführer
SS Sturmscharführer-SD
StFW cam slv
SS-Sturmscharführer
(SS-Assault squad leader)
Stabsfeldwebel (OR-8)
Luftwaffe epaulette Stabsfeldwebel
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
SS Hauptscharführer (Totenkopfverbände)
ObFW cam slv
SS-Hauptscharführer
(SS-Chief squad leader)
(SS-Standartenoberjunker / Offiziersanwärter)
Oberfeldwebel (OR-7)
(Oberfähnrich / Offiziersanwärter)
Luftwaffe epaulette Oberfeldwebel
SS-Oberscharführer
SS Oberscharführer-Fm
FW cam slv
SS-Oberscharführer
(SS-Senior squad leader)

(SS-Standartenjunker / Offiziersanwärter)

Feldwebel (OR-6)
(Fähnrich / Offiziersanwärter)
FeldwebelEpaulette
SS-Scharführer
SS Scharführer (Panzertruppe)
UFW cam slv
SS-Scharführer
(SS-Squad leader)
(SS-Oberjunker / Offiziersanwärter)
Unterfeldwebel (OR-5)
Luftwaffe epaulette Unterfeldwebel
SS-Unterscharführer
SS Unterscharführer-MP
UO Cam Slv
SS-Unterscharführer
(SS-Junior squad leader)
(SS-Junker / Offiziersanwärter)
Unteroffizier (OR-4)
(Fahnenjunker / Offiziersanwärter)
UnteroffEpaulette
No equivalent Stabsgefreiter (OR-4) Mannschaft Epaulette 1938
Rank insignia of Stabsgefreiter of the Wehrmacht
SS-Rottenführer
SS-Rottenführer sleeve
SS Mannschaft
SS-Rottenführer
(SS-Section leader)
Obergefreiter (OR-4) Mannschaft Epaulette 1938

Rank insignia of Obergefreiter (over 6 years of service) of the Wehrmacht Rank insignia of Obergefreiter (under 6 years of service) of the Wehrmacht

SS-Sturmmann
SS-Sturmmann sleeve
SS Mannschaft
SS-Sturmmann
(SS-Storm trooper)
Gefreiter (OR-3) Mannschaft Epaulette 1938
Rank insignia of Gefreiter of the Wehrmacht
SS-Mann, SS-Schuetze, SS-Oberschuetze collar
SSpfcsldr
SS Mannschaft
SS-Oberschütze
(SS-Senior rifleman)
Oberschütze (OR-2) Mannschaft Epaulette 1938
Rank insignia of Oberschütze of the Wehrmacht
SS-Mann, SS-Schuetze, SS-Oberschuetze collar
SS Mannschaft
SS-Schütze
(SS-Rifleman)
Soldat, Schütze, Grenadier (OR-1)
Mannschaft Epaulette 1938
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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ReferencesEdit

SourcesEdit

  • 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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