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Ranks and insignia of the Sturmabteilung

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This table contains the final ranks and insignia of the Schutzstaffel (short SA), which were in use from 1942-1945 in comparison to the German Wehrmacht Heer.

Table


rank
Rank insignia Designation
German / (English)
Equivalent to the Wehrmacht/ Heer
(English)
Collar badge Shoulder strap
OF-10
Oberster Führer der SA
(Supreme leader of the SA)
Generalfeldmarschall
OF-9 no equivalent Generaloberst
(Colonel general)
OF-8
SA-Obergruppenführer
(SA-Senior group leader)
General der Waffengattung
(General of the branch)
OF-7
SA-Gruppenführer
(SA-Group leader)
Generalleutnant
(Lieutenant general)
OF-6
SA-Brigadeführer
(SA-Brigadier leader)
Generalmajor
(Major general)
OF-5
SA-Oberführer
(SA-Senior leader)
No equivalent.
SA-Standartenführer
(SA-Standard leader (regiment sized unit))
Oberst
(Colonel)
OF-4 SA-Obersturmbannführer
(SA-Senior storm unit leader (battalion sized unit))
Oberstleutnant
(Lieutenant colonel)
OF-3 SA-Sturmbannführer
(SA-Storm unit leader)
Major
(Major)
OF-2 SA-Hauptsturmführer
(SA-Chief storm leader (company sized sub unit))
Hauptmann/Rittmeister
(Captain (OF-2))
OF-1a SA-Obersturmführer
(SA-Senior storm leader)
Oberleutnant
(First lieutenant)
OF-1b SA-Sturmführer
(SA-Storm leader)
Leutnant
(Second lieutenant)
OR-8 SA-Hauptruppführer
(SA-Chief troop leader (platoon sized unit))
Stabsfeldwebel
OR-7 SA-Obertruppführer
(SA-Senior troop leader (platoon sized unit))
Oberfeldwebel
(Oberfähnrich OA/ Offiziersanwärter)
OR-6 SA-Truppführer
(SA-Troop leader (platoon sized unit))
Feldwebel
(Fähnrich OA/ Offiziersanwärter)
OR-5 SA-Oberscharführer
(SA-Senior squad leader)
Unterfeldwebel
OR-4 SA-Scharführer
(SA-Squad leader))
Unteroffizier
(Fahnenjunker / Offiziersanwärter)
OR-3 no equivalent Stabsgefreiter (OR-3)
SA-Rottenführer
(SA-Team leader (Fire team sized unit))
Obergefreiter

OR-2 SA-Sturmmann
(SA-Storm man/Storm trooper)
Gefreiter
OR-1 No equivalent Ober… e.g. Oberschütze, Obergrenadier, Oberfunker, Oberkanonier, … etc.
SA-Mann
(SA-Man/SA-Trooper)
Soldat, Schütze, Grenadier, Funker, Kanonier, … etc.
Volunteer (SA-Anwärter (en: SA-Aspirant/Candidate)) to the service of the Sturmabteilung (SA) Conscript or military volunteer who enlists and may become an NCO or Officer of the Wehrmacht
Remarks

R i g h t collar patch contains the number and type of unit (ascending up to “Obersturmbannführer” (OF4) in SA and SS, and “Oberstaffelfuehrer” (OF4) in NSMC): … L e f t collar patch contain the rank insignias (from ascending “Standartenfuehrer” (OF5) both sides).

Sources

  • Bedurftig, Friedemann, and Zenter, Christian. The Encyclopedia of the Third Reich. 1985.
  • Hayes, A. SS Uniforms, Insignia and Accoutrements. Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. 2000. ISBN 978-0-7643-0046-2
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