Luftwaffe Ranks

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Luftwaffe Ranks

Post by Panzermahn » 26 Feb 2004 16:38

Can anyone provide any info on Luftwaffe ranks..

why is there red collar and yellow collar luftwaffe tabs

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Post by Christoph Awender » 26 Feb 2004 16:49

It is like the arm of service colour in the Heer. There are more colours than red and yellow.

http://chrito.users1.50megs.com/uniform ... farben.htm

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Post by Jeremy Chan » 28 Feb 2004 12:21

Panzermahn, I posted Heer ranks sometime back. Most airforces use army ranks, except for the RAF and RAAF (apparently they were supposed to have 'nautical' traditions - ie rank insignia). But here are LW ranks + English translation

Deutsche Luftwaffe

Flieger = Airman
Oberflieger = Senior Airman

Gefreiter = Lance-Corporal
Obergefeiter = Senior Lance-Corporal
Hauptgefreiter (later Stabsgefreiter)
Unteroffizier = Corporal
Unterfeldwebel = Lance-Sergeant
Oberfeldwebel = Senior (Flight) Sergeant

Leutnant = 2nd Lieutenant
Oberleutnant = 1st Lieutenant
Hauptmann = Captain
Major = Major
Oberstleutnant = Lieutenant-Colonel
Oberst = Colonel
Generalmajor = Major-General
Generalleutnant = Lieutenant-General
General der Flieger = General
Generaloberst = Colonel General
Generalfeldmarschall = Field Marshal
Reichsmarschall (Hermann Goering) = Reichs Marshal


In the LW, in addition to the shoulderstrap ranking, rank was worn on the collar patches in a system of wings, oakleaves and wreaths.
Collar-patch ranking:
Other Ranks (Mannschaften): 1-3 wings (nothing, pip, 1-3 stripes on sleeve)
full Corporal/Senior NCOs: 1-4 wings + NCO-tresse (collar lace)
Junior Officers: 1-3 wing on oakleaf spray, collar-patches & collar piped in aluminium thread
Field Officers: 1-3 wings in open oak-wreath, collar-patches & collar piped in aluminium thread
General Officers: 1-3 gold wings in open gold oak-wreath on white-gold collarpatches, collar and collar patches piped in gold aluminum thread
Colonel-General: gold Luftwaffe-adler in open gold oak-wreath, collar and collar patches piped in gold aluminum thread
Field Marshal: As for Generaloberst, but with gold crossed batons below the wreaths
Reichsmarshal: Large gold Crossed Batons in gold wreath?


As Christoph Awender said, the different colours backing collarpatches represented the arms-of-service in the LW.


On camo/overclothing, rank pennants in a system of bars and wings ('moustaches') were worn on both sleeves

Mannschaften: nothing, pip or 1-3 stripes (later 1-2 stripes + pip)
NCOs: 1-4 wings (later 4th wing substituted by a pip)
Junior officers: 1 bar + 1-3 wings above
Field Officers: 2bars + 1-3 wings above
General Officers:3 gold bars+1-3 gold wings?

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Last edited by Jeremy Chan on 01 Mar 2004 08:19, edited 2 times in total.

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Post by Panzermahn » 29 Feb 2004 12:59

Thanks for the info, Steelfist

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Post by Jeremy Chan » 01 Mar 2004 07:59

No worries, Panzermahn! Although I made a few mistakes, which I've corrected.

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