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German Army Officer's Rank Insignia
1914-1918

Generalitšt

Generals

command*

epaulet

  Generalfeldmarschall   Field Marshal   Army Group, Army  

  Generaloberst   Colonel General   Army

  General der Infanterie
                      Artillerie
                      Kavallerie
  General of Infantry
                 Artillery
                 Cavalry
  Corps, Army

  Generalleutnant   Lieutenant General   Division, Corps

  Generalmajor   Major General   Brigade, Division

Stabsoffiziere

Field Grade Officers

command*

epaulet

  Oberst   Colonel   Regiment, Brigade

  Oberstleutnant   Lieutenant Colonel   Battalion, Regiment

  Major   Major   Battalion, Regiment

Hauptleute & Subaltern

Company Grade Officers
and Subalterns

command*

epaulet

  Hauptmann   Captain
  Company, Battalion

  Rittmeister   Captain
 
(Cavalry, Supply)
  Company, Battalion

  Oberleutnant   First Lieutenant   Platoon, Company

  Leutnant   Second Lieutenant   Platoon, Company

  
  Feldwebel-Leutnant
  Sgt-Major-Lieutenant   Platoon, Company

 

 * Commands: The command units associated with various ranks are theoretical. As the war progressed,  officer attrition and other practicalities resulted in lower ranking officers and NCOs commanding larger units than would be the norm.

 

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