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Walter Gerth here as SS-Obersturmführer of the 3rd SS Panzer Division Totenkopf

The SS-Obersturmführer (short: Ostuf ; address: Obersturmführer ) was the second officer rank of the Schutzstaffel (SS) during the National Socialist era of the German Reich , who would be comparable to today's first lieutenant , and 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 equal to the SA-Obersturmführer and the first lieutenant at the time . According to today's NATO rank codes , these ranks would be comparable to OF-1. The backing of the shoulder pieces was held in the weapon color specified for officers of the Waffen-SS .

SS rank designations compared to the SA and Wehrmacht
SS rank
(Waffen-SS and General SS equal)
(Waffen-SS and Allgemeine SS same)
SA Sturmführer
SA rank
(before 1939/40 SA-Sturmhauptführer)
Lieutenant (OF-1)
Rank of the Wehrmacht
First Lieutenant (OF-1)
captain (OF-2)

See also

References and comments

  1. Gordon Williamson: The SS - Hitler's Instrument of Power. 1994, p. 250 appendix.
  2. ^ Dictionary of German military history. 1st edition. Military Publishing House of the GDR, 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 )