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Werner Ostendorff with rank badge of an SS-Obersturmbannführer

The obersturmbannführer (short: Ostubaf ; speech: Lieutenant Colonel ) was during the time of National Socialism an officer rank of the Schutzstaffel (SS) from the rank group of staff officers , comparable to today's Lieutenant Colonel would.

The rank of SS-Obersturmbannführer was introduced in May 1933.

The illustrations show the badges of rank or rank badges that were worn as shoulder pieces and collar tabs , but also as sleeve badges from 1942 for camouflage or special suits. The collar tabs with SS runes and the badge of rank were worn on the field gray uniform jacket of the Waffen SS or the gray field blouse.

Ranking and insignia

This SS rank was on an equal footing with the SA Obersturmbannführer and the Lieutenant Colonel of the Wehrmacht at the time . According to today's NATO rank codes , these ranks would be comparable to OF-4. The backing of the shoulder pieces was held in the weapon color specified for officers of the Waffen-SS .


SS Standartenführer

See also

Web link

Wiktionary: SS-Obersturmbannführer  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. Gordon Williamson, The SS - Hitler's Instrument of Power, 1994 edition, p. 250 appendix.
  2. ^ Dictionary of German military history, 1st edition (Liz. 5, P189 / 84, LSV: 0547, B-No. 746 635 0), Military Publishing House of the GDR (VEB) - Berlin, 1985, p. 145 Rank badge 29/30.
  3. OF stands for officer ranks , cf. NATO glossary abbreviations used in NATO documents and publications / Glossaire OTAN des abréviations utilisées dans les documents et publications OTAN ( Memento of 8 May 2010 in the Internet Archive )