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Greg:

Wehrmacht/SS/USA/BRIT:

Schutze/Schutze/Private/Private

Oberschutze/Oberschutze/PFC/---

Gefreiter/Sturmmann/---/Lance Corporal

Obergefreiter/Rottenfuhrer/---/---

Stabsgefreiter/---/---/---

Unteroffizier/Unterscharfuhrer/Corporal/Corporal

Unterfeldwebel/Scharfuhrer/Sergeant/Sergeant

Feldwebel/Oberscharfuhrer/---/"Senior Sergeant"

Oberfeldwebel/Hauptscharfuhrer/Sgt.

Major/Sgt. Major

Stabsfeldwebel/Sturmscharfuhrer/Staff Sergeant/---

Leutnant/Untersturmfuhrer/2nd Lt/2nd Lt

Oberleutnant/Obertsturmfuhrer/1st Lt/Lt

Hauptmann/Hauptsturmfuhrer/Captain/Captain

Major/Sturmbannfuhrer/Major/Major

Oberstleutnant/Obersturmbannfuhrer/Lt Col/Lt Col

Oberst/Standartenfuhrer/Colonel/Colonel

"---" means either no equivalent, or I wasn't sure. Hope this helps.

[This message has been edited by Kevin Peltz (edited 09-10-99).]

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While blissfully ingnorant of the Britsh rank system, I think there are several errors in your matches of German to US ranks.

This is a generally dubious proposition since the Germans have more enlisted ranks that have no direct equivalent in the US Army.

Gefreiter is generally considered to be the equivalent of the US Army Corporal.

Unteroffizier is the first real NCO rank and is thus equivalent to Sergeant (E-5)

Unterfeldwebel would then match with Staff Sergeant (E-6)

Feldwebel is equivalent to Sergeant First Class (E-7)(the rank normally associated with the duty position of Platoon Sergeant)

There is the oberfeldwebel that would be called Master Sergeant (E-8)in the US. But Mastersergeant is also used for the next rank.

The German Hauptfeldwebel matches the US First Sergeant but this rank is still E-8 and the distinction is only made by duty position. Each US Company has a Master Sergeant as the senior NCO in the company and he is called the First Sergeant.

The Stabsfeldwebel and Oberstabsfeldwebel are the equivalent of the US Sergeant Major (E-9). The US again has a distinction between two kinds of Sergeant Major based on duty position. A Sergeant Major on staff is called a Sergeant Major while an NCO of the sme rank who is serving as the Senior NCO in a battalion or larger unit is designated Command Sergeant Major.

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Here is my stab at things.

God, I hope the formatting works.

The info came from the great Handbook on German Military Forces and German Army Uniforms and Insignia 1933-1945 by Brian L. Davis

OK, the formatting worked, but it didn't read well. Here is another try.

I know some of these ranks don't actually exist, but the books I got these from added the closest equivalent for comparisons sake.

Wehrmacht SS American British

Schutze/ - - - - - -/ Private, Rifleman/ Private, Infantry

Grenadier/ - - - - - / Private, Infantry/ Private, Infantry

Fusilier/ - - - - - / Private, Infantry/ Private, Infantry

Muskitier/ - - - - - / Private, Infantry/ Private, Infantry

Jager/ - - - - - / Private, Lt. Mt. Infantry/ Private, Mountain Rgt

Reiter/ - - - - - / Private, Cavalry/ Trooper, Cavalry

Kanonier/ - - - - - / Private, Artillery/ Gunner

Panzerschutze/ - - - - - / Private, Tank/ Member, Tank Crew

Panzergrenadier/ SS-Mann/ Private, Armored Infantry/ Private, Infantry, Armd Unit

Pionier/ - - - - - / Private, Engineers/ Sapper

Oberschutze/ - - - - - / Senior Private, Rifleman/ Senior Private

Oberreiter/ - - - - - / Senior Private, Cavalry/ Senior Trooper

Oberkanonier/ - - - - - / Senior Private, Artillery/ Senior Gunner

Panzeroberschutze/ - - - - - / Senior Private, Tank/ Senior Tank Crew

Oberpanzergrenadier/ Sturmmann/ Senior Private, Armd Inf/ Senior Inf Soldier, Armd Unit

Oberpionier/ - - - - - / Senior Private, Engineer/ Senior Sapper

Gefreiter/ Rottenfuhrer/ Private First Class/ Lance-Corporal

Fahnenjunker-Gefreiter/ - - - - - / - - - - -/ Cadet Lance-Corporal

Obergefreiter/ - - - - - / PFC, Acting Corporal/ Corporal

Stabsgefreiter/ - - - - - / PFC, Administrative/ Senior Staff Corporal

Unteroffizier/ Unterscharfuhrer/ Corporal/ Lance-Sergeant

Oberjager/ - - - - - / Corporal, Lt. & Mt. Infantry/

Fahnenjunker-Unteroffizier/ - - - - - / Officer Candidate/ Cadet Lance-Sergeant

Unterfeldwebel/ Scharfuhrer/ Sergeant/ Sergeant, Inf, Sappers, Armd Units

Unterwachtmeister/ - - - - - / Sergeant, Arty, Cav, AA/ Sergeant, Cavalry, Artillery

Feldwebel/ Oberscharfuhrer/ Staff Sergeant/ Company Sergeant-Major

Wachtmeister/ - - - - / Staff Sgt, Arty, Cavalry, AA/ Sergeant-Major, Cavalry

Fahnjunker-Feldwebel/ - - - - - / Advanced Officer Candidate/

Oberfeldwebel/ Hauptscharfuhrer/ Technical Sergeant/ Battalion Sergeant-Major

Oberwachtmeister/ - - - - - / Technical Sgt, Arty, Cav, AA/ Squadron Sergeant-Major

Oberfahnrich/ - - - - - / Senior Officer Candidate/

Hauptfeldwebel/ - - - - - / - - - - - / Regimental Sergeant-Major

Hauptwachtmeister/ - - - - - / - - - - - / Regimental Sergeant-Major, Cavalry

Stabsfeldwebel/ Sturnscharfuhrer/ Master Sergeant/ Staff Sergeant-Major

Stabswachtmeister/ - - - - - / Master Sgt, Arty, Cavy, AA/ Staff Sergeant-Major, Cavalry

Leutante/ Untersturmfuhrer/ Second Lieutenant/ Second Lieutenant

Oberleutnant/ Obersturmfuhrer/ First Lieutenant/ Lieutenant

Hauptmann/ Hauptsturmfuhrer/ Captain/ Captain, Infantry

Rittmeister/ - - - - - / Captain, Cavalry/ Captain, Cavalry

Major./ Sturmbannfuhrer/ Major/ Major

Oberstleutnant/ Obersturmbannfuhrer/ Lieutenant Colonel/ Lieutenant-Colonel

Oberst/ Standartenfuhrer/ Colonel/ Colonel

Generalrmajor/ Brigadefuhrer/ Brigadier General/ Major-General

Generalleutnant/ Gruppenfuhrer/ Major General/ Lieutenant-General

General/ Obergruppenfuhrer/ Lieutenant General/

Generaloberst/ Oberstgruppenfuhrer/ General/ Colonel-General

Generfeldmarschall/ Reichsfuhrer-SS/ General of the Army/ General Field-Marshal

[This message has been edited by guachi (edited 09-12-99).]

[This message has been edited by guachi (edited 09-12-99).]

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