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Waffen-SS ranks and Waffenfarben

Officer candidates
All ranks shown are officer-candidates participating so-called 'Führer Lehrgangen' at one of the Junkerschulen Bad Tölz or Braunschweig.

SS-Sturmscharführer
German nickname "Spiess" is a specific appointment, com-parable to the "company sergeant major".
Appointment insignia: so-called "double piston rings" on both cuffs (of sleeves) on the uniform jacket and the overcoat.
The position is committed to experienced senior NCO already promoted to SS-Hauptscharführers or SS-Scharführer, seldom SS-Scharführer.






Waffenfarbe, Corps colours, or Troop-function colours ( "Waffenfarbe(n)") were means the German Waffen-SS used to distinguish between different branches of service, corps, services or troop functions. The scheme of colors to indicate troop types was similar to that of the Wehrmacht Heer (German Army) from 1935 to 1945. The colours appeared mainly on the piping around the shoulder boards showing a soldier’s rank.The table below contains some corps colours used by the SS from 1938-45.

Regiment or Battalion type Colour Example
Remarks
General Officers
Personal staff of the
RFSS
Silver-grey SS-Oberst-Gruppenfuehrer and all generals of the Waffen-SS
Infantry
* Motorized infantry
* Panzergrenadiers
White SS Panzergrenadierregiment.svg Flagge SS-PzGrenRegt 40
SS Standartenfuhrer - Infantry.jpg * Oberführer of the Waffen-SS
* Standartenführer of the Waffen-SS
Artillery
* Assault guns(Sturmgeschuetze)
* Flak
Scarlet LSSAH Artillerie Wimpel.svg Artillery flag
HH-SS-Obersturmbannfuhrer-Shoulder Strap.png Obersturmbannführer of the Waffen-SS
Veterinary service Carmine red HH-SS-Sturmbannfuhrer-Shoulder Strap(2).png SS-Sturmbannführer of the SS-Veterinary service
Legal service Bordeaux red no example
Geologists Light pink no example
Transport Light salmon-pink no example
* Panzers
* Panzerjägers (Tank destroyers)
Rose-pink Scharführer of the Waffen-SS
* Signals
* War correspondents
Lemon yellow Oberscharführer of the Waffen-SS
identical weapon colour to the Heer of the German Wehrmacht
* Cavalry
* Reconnaissance (1942–45)
* Armored reconnaissance
Golden yellow Hauptscharführer of the Waffen-SS
* Field police
* Special services
Orange * Untersturmführer of the Waffen-SS

* SS-Standartenjunker (officer candidate OR-6) of the Waffen-SS
Reconnaissance (1938–42) Copper-brown * Standartenführer of the Waffen-SS
* Oberführer of the Waffen-SS
Concentration camps Light brown Hauptsturmführer of the Waffen-SS
Securityservice(Sicherheitsdienst) Poison green SS-Sturmscharführer of the „Sicherheitsdienst des Reichsführers-SS“.
Gebirgsjäger (mountain troops) Meadow green SS-Untersturmführer of the Waffen-SS,
identical weapon colour to the Heer of the German Wehrmacht
* SS-Sonderführer
* Recruitment service
* Reserve officers
Dark green no example
Supply Light blue SS-Hauptsturmführer of the Waffen-SS
Administration Bright blue no example
Medical service Cornflower blue * Standartenführer of the Waffen-SS medical service
* Oberführer of the Waffen-SS medical service
* Engineers
* Assault engineers
* Construction engineers
Black no example
identical weapon colour to the Heer of the German Wehrmacht


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Uniforms of the Waffen-SS 1933-45

Waffen-SS Unterscharführer uniform

Trough the buttonhole the Iron Cross 2nd Class ribon and the Ost medal.
On the left brest pocket the Iron Cross 1st Class and Panzerkampfabzeichen.
On the left upper arm the Demjanskschild, on the lower arm the Kraftfahr-Bewährungsabzeichen in Silber.












Waffen-SS Unterscharführers der 1.SS-Panzer-Division "LSSAH"

The Waffenfarbe is black, which indicate it belongs to the Pioniertruppe.
On the right upper arm there two Panzervernichtungsabzeichen, trough the buttonhole the Iron Cross 2nd Class ribon and the Ost medal.
On the left upper arm the Krimschild and on the left brest pocket the Iron Cross 1st Class and Panzerkampfabzeichen.

On the left lower arm the cuff-title of the Leibstandarte.







Waffen-SS Rottenführers tunic

Trough the buttonhole the Iron Cross 2nd Class ribon and the Ost medal.

Above the left breastpocket the Nahkampfspange in Gold, on the left brest pocket the Iron Cross 1st Class, Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen and the  Panzerkampf-Abzeichen
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