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Hermann Fegelein with the rank of SS-Standartenführer

The SS-Standartenführer (short: Staf ; address: Standartenführer ) was the second highest officer rank of the Schutzstaffel (SS) outside the general ranks , which would be comparable to today's Colonel A 16 .

The rank of Standartenführer was intended for the commanding officers of the SS-Standarten , each of which consisted of three to four SS-Sturmbannen and had a standard strength of between 1000 and 3000 men. Standartenführer usually commanded a regiment in the Waffen-SS (structure analogous to the army ).

The pictures are badges of rank or insignia shown as shoulder straps , as well as insignia or collar patte were worn. The mirror-like collar tabs with the badge of rank from Standartenführer upwards 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 Standartenführer , including the Colonel at the time , and was lower than the SS Oberführer of the Waffen SS . The shoulder pieces of a colonel were worn exclusively in the associations of the Waffen SS or their predecessor organizations when they were placed under the army, for the first time during the invasion of Austria in 1938. The shoulder pieces were in the weapon color specified for officers of the Waffen SS . According to today's NATO rank codes , these ranks would be comparable to OF-5 ( Colonel ).

By the end of the war in 1945, 621 SS members had achieved the rank of "SS-Standartenführer".



See also

Web links

Commons : Rank Badge SS-Standartenführer  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files
Wiktionary: SS-Standartenführer  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

References and comments

  1. 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 )
  2. Heinz Höhne: The order under the skull. The history of the SS. Siegbert Mohn Verlag, Gütersloh 1967, p. 141 (reprint: Bassermann, Munich 2008, ISBN 978-3-8094-2255-6 . Initially published as a serial from October 1966 to November 1967 in the magazine Der Spiegel ) .