Ranks and insignia of the Schutzstaffel

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The Ranks and insignia of the Schutzstaffel were a paramilitary rank system used by the German SS, to differentiate the group from the German military, German state, and the Nazi Party. The original SS ranks were the same as the ranks of the SA, but eventually developed into their own unique titles. In line with the Führerprinzip (Leader Principle), the word Führer is used in the majority of SS ranks.

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SS rank insignia

1934–1945

SS General Officer Rank Translation Waffen-SS equivalent German Army equivalent Collar Insignia

1934–1942

Collar Insignia

1942–1945

Duty Shoulder Insignia Dress Shoulder Insignia
Reichsführer-SS Reich Leader N/A Generalfeldmarschall Missing image
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Oberstgruppenführer Colonel Group Leader Generaloberst Generaloberst N/A Missing image
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Obergruppenführer Senior Group Leader General General Missing image
Oldgrpfuhrer.gif


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Gruppenführer Group Leader Generalleutnant Generalleutnant Missing image
Oldgrpfhr.gif


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Brigadeführer Brigade Leader Generalmajor Generalmajor Missing image
Oldbrgfhr.gif


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Oberführer Senior Leader N/A Oberst Missing image
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SSobrfhr.gif


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SSColonelBoard.jpg


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SS Officer Rank Translation German Army equivalent Collar Insignia

1934–1945

Duty Shoulder Insignia

1938–1945

Dress Shoulder Insignia

1934–1945

Standartenführer Regiment Leader Oberst Missing image
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Obersturmbannführer Senior Storm Unit Leader Oberstleutnant Missing image
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Sturmbannführer Storm Unit Leader Major Missing image
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Hauptsturmführer Head Storm Leader Hauptmann Missing image
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Obersturmführer Senior Storm Leader Oberleutnant Missing image
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Untersturmführer Junior Storm Leader Leutnant Missing image
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SS NCO Rank Translation Officer Candidate Equivalent German Army equivalent Collar Insignia

1934–1945

Duty Shoulder Insignia

1938–1945

Dress Shoulder Insignia

1934–1945

Sturmscharfhrer Storm Squad Leader N/A Stabsfeldwebel Missing image
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Hauptscharführer Head Squad Leader Standartenoberjunker Oberfeldwebel Missing image
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Oberscharführer Senior Squad Leader Standartenjunker Feldwebel Missing image
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Scharführer Squad Leader Oberjunker Unterfeldwebel Missing image
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Unterscharführer Junior Squad Leader Junker Unteroffizier Missing image
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SS Enlisted Rank Translation German Army equivalent Collar Insignia

1934–1945

Sleeve Insignia

1938–1945

Duty Shoulder Insignia

1938–1945

Dress Shoulder Insignia

1934–1945

Rottenführer Section Leader Obergefreiter Missing image
SScprptch.gif


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SSSoldBrd.gif


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SSenlistboard.jpg


Sturmmann Storm Trooper Gefreiter Missing image
SSLcplptch.gif


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SSSoldBrd.gif


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SSenlistboard.jpg


Oberschtze/Obermann Senior Trooper Oberschtze Missing image
SSMannptch.gif


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SSPFCptch.gif


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SSSoldBrd.gif


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SSenlistboard.jpg


Schtze/Mann Trooper Schtze Missing image
SSMannptch.gif


No Insignia Missing image
SSSoldBrd.gif


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SSenlistboard.jpg


Anwärter Recruit No Equivalent No Insignia No Insignia No Insignia No Insignia
Bewerber Candidate No Equivalent No Insignia No Insignia No Insignia No Insignia

1932–1934

SS Rank Translation Army Equivalent Collar Insignia Shoulder Insignia
Obergruppenführer Senior Group Leader General Missing image
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Gruppenführer Group Leader Lieutenant General Missing image
Oldgrpfhr.gif


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SSGeneralBoard.jpg


Brigadeführer Brigade Leader Major General Missing image
Oldbrgfhr.gif


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SSGeneralBoard.jpg


Oberführer Senior Leader Brigadier General Missing image
Oldobrfhr.gif


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SSGeneralBoard.jpg


Standartenführer Regiment Leader Colonel Missing image
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SSColBrds.jpg


Obersturmbannführer Senior Storm Unit Leader Lieutenant Colonel Missing image
SSLTCpatch.gif


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SSColBrds.jpg


Sturmbannführer Storm Unit Leader Major Missing image
SSmajEarly.gif


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SSColBrds.jpg


Sturmhauptführer Storm Head Leader Captain Missing image
OldSScptptch.gif


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SSLTBrds.jpg


Obersturmführer Senior Storm Leader First Lieutenant Missing image
SSCap1.gif


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SSLTBrds.jpg


Sturmführer Storm Leader Second Lieutenant Missing image
SSLT1.gif


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SSLTBrds.jpg


Haupttruppführer Head Troop Leader Sergeant Major Missing image
SSsrgmagptch.gif


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SSenlistboard.jpg


Obertruppführer Senior Troop Leader Master Sergeant Missing image
SSmassrgptch.gif


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SSenlistboard.jpg


Truppführer Troop Leader Sergeant First Class Missing image
SSSrg1ptch.gif


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SSenlistboard.jpg


Oberscharführer Senior Squad Leader Staff Sergeant Missing image
SSstfsrgpatch.gif


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SSenlistboard.jpg


Scharführer Squad Leader Sergeant Missing image
SSsrgptch.gif


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Rottenführer Section Leader Corporal Missing image
SScprptch.gif


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SSenlistboard.jpg


Sturmmann Storm Trooper Private First Class Missing image
SSLcplptch.gif


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SSenlistboard.jpg


Mann Trooper Private Missing image
SSMannptch.gif


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SSenlistboard.jpg


Anwärter Recruit Recruit No Insignia No Insignia

1930–1932

SS Rank Army Equivalent Collar Insignia
Gruppenführer General Missing image
Oldgrpfhr.gif


Oberführer Brigadier Missing image
Oldobrfhr.gif


Standartenführer Colonel Missing image
FirstSScol.gif


Sturmbannführer Major Missing image
SSmajEarly.gif


Sturmhauptführer Captain Missing image
SSCap1.gif


Sturmführer Lieutenant Missing image
SSLT1.gif


Haupttruppführer Sergeant Major Missing image
HTfhr.gif


Truppführer Sergeant Missing image
Tfhr.gif


Scharführer Corporal Missing image
Schrfhr.gif


Mann Private Missing image
SSMann.gif



1925–1929

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SSarmband.jpg
Early SS armband

The earliest SS ranks were titles with no recognizable insignia. By 1929, a system of white stripes, centered on an armband, denoted SS rank with the first established SS ranks listed below:



Police ranks

In 1936, the SS absorbed the regular German police and formed the Ordnungspolizei. Known as the Orpo, the Ordnungspolizei was considered a full branch of the SS but maintained a separate system of insignia and Orpo ranks. It was also possible for SS members to hold dual status in both the Orpo and the SS, and SS-Generals were referred to simultaneously by both rank titles. For instance, an Obergruppenführer in the SS, who was also a Police General, would be referred to as Obergruppenführer und General der Polizei.

Waffen-SS Generals

SS Generals of the Waffen-SS were typically addressed by both their SS rank title and a corresponding General's rank associated with the Wehrmacht. All such General ranks were followed by the phrase der Waffen-SS to distinguish the SS General from their counterparts in other branches of the German military. Thus, a typical title would be Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS.

In 1944, all SS General Officers were granted equivalent Waffen-SS rank so that, in the event that they were captured by the Allies, they would have status as military officers instead of police officials. For those who had held police rank prior to 1944, the SS General's title could become rather lengthy. Ernst Kaltenbrunner, for instance, was listed on the SS rolls in 1945 as Obergruppenführer und General der Polizei und Waffen-SS

Additional information

  • Stabsscharfhrer was a positional rank granted to the senior NCO of an SS Company. The position was the equivalent of a First Sergeant. Stabsscharfhrer was denoted by a special sleeve patch, worn on the upper right arm of the SS uniform.
  • SS officers holding the rank of Standartenfhrer and above wore rank insignia on both collar patches. All other SS members wore their rank on the left collar patch while an SS unit badge was worn on the right.

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