Generalleutnant

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Generalleutnant
HD H 63 Generalleutnant.svg LD B 63 Generalleutnant.svg
Army and Air Force insignia
Country Germany
Service branchBundeswehr Logo Heer with lettering.svg German Army
Bundeswehr Logo Luftwaffe with lettering.svg German Air Force
RankThree-star
NATO rank codeOF-8
Non-NATO rankO-9
Formation1956
Next higher rankGeneral
Next lower rankGeneralmajor
Equivalent ranksVizeadmiral

Generalleutnant, short GenLt, (English: lieutenant general) is the second highest general officer rank in the German Army (Heer) and the German Air Force (Luftwaffe).

Rank[edit]

The rank is rated OF-8 in NATO, and is grade B7 in the pay rules of the Federal Ministry of Defence. It is equivalent to Vizeadmiral in the German Navy (Marine), or to Generaloberstabsarzt, and Admiraloberstabsarzt in the Zentraler Sanitätsdienst der Bundeswehr. On the shoulder straps (Heer, Luftwaffe) there are three golden pips (stars) in golden oak leaves.

Heer Luftwaffe ... to service uniform
Bundeswehr sequence of ranks ascending
junior rank:
Generalmajor
Bundeswehr Logo Heer with lettering.svg Bundeswehr Logo Luftwaffe with lettering.svg

(German officer rank)
Generalleutnant

senior rank:
General (Germany)

Generalleutnant in East Germany[edit]

Generalleutnant (en: lieutenant general) was in the so-called armed organs of the GDR (German: Bewaffnete Organe der DDR), represented by Ministry of National Defence, and Ministry for State Security, the second lowest general officer rank, comparable to the two-star rank in many NATO-Armed forces (Rangcode OF-7). This was in reference to Soviet military doctrine and in line with other armed forces of the Warsaw Pact.

The equivalent rank of the Volksmarine (en: GDR Navy) was the Viceadmiral, often called simply Herr Admiral for short.

For the use of this two-star rank in modern NATO armed forces, see major general.
Junior Rank
Generalmajor
Flag of NVA (East Germany).svg
National People's Army rank
Generalleutnant
(Viceadmiral)
Senior Rank
Generaloberst
Rank insignias Generalleutnant / Vizeadmiral (OF-7)
Emblem Stasi.svg Stasi Emblem of the Ground Forces of NVA (East Germany).svg Land forces Emblem of aircraft of NVA (East Germany).svg Air Force Vehicle roundel of Border Troops of GDR.svg Border troops Flag of warships of VM (East Germany).svg Volksmarine
OF-8 Generalleutnant.png OF-8 Vizeadmiral.png OF-8 Vizeadmiral VM, Ärmelstreifen.png
Generalleutnant Vizeadmiral
See also
Ranks of the National People's Army

Generalleutnant of the Wehrmacht[edit]

Generalleutnant (en: lieutenant general) was in the German Reich, and Nazi Germany the second lowest general officer rank, comparable to the two-star rank in many NATO-Armed forces (Rangcode OF-7). It was equivalent to Vizeadmiral in the Kriegsmarine, and SS-Gruppenführer in the Waffen-SS until 1945.

For the use of this one-star rank in modern NATO armed forces, see major general.
Rank insignia Generalleutnant/ Vizeadmiral
Branch German Army Luftwaffe Waffen-SS Kriegsmarine
Collar WMacht Arabesken Generale OF9-6 1945.svg Luftwaffe collar tabs Generalmajor 3D.svg SS-Gruppenführer Collar Rank.svg None
Shoulder WMacht H OF7 GenLt h 1935-1945.svg WMacht Lw OF7 GenLt h 1945.svg SS-Gruppenführer h.svg Kriegsmarine epaulette Vizeadmiral.svg
Sleeve GenLt Gruf OF7 cam slv 1945.svg Luftwaffe flightsuit Generalleutnant.svg GenLt Gruf OF7 cam slv 1945.svg Kriegsmarine-Vizeadmiral.svg
Rank
designation
Generalleutnant
SS-Gruppenführer
und Generalleutnant
der Waffen-SS
Vizeadmiral
Sequence of ranks ascenting
junior rank:
Generalmajor
Balkenkreuz.svg

(German officer rank)
Generalleutnant

senior rank:
General of the branch

See also[edit]