The Info List - Obersturmführer

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([ˈoːbɐ.ʃtʊʁm.fyːʀɐ], "senior storm leader") was a Nazi Party
Nazi Party
paramilitary rank that was used in several Nazi organisations, such as the SA, SS, NSKK and the NSFK. The term is translated as “senior assault (or storm) leader”.[1] [2] The rank of Obersturmführer
was first created in 1932 as the result of an expansion of the Sturmabteilung
(SA) and the need for an additional rank in the officer corps. Obersturmführer
also became an SS rank at that same time.[3] An SA- Obersturmführer
was typically a junior company commander in charge of fifty to a hundred men. Within the SS, the rank of Obersturmführer
carried a wider range of occupations including staff aide, Gestapo
officer, concentration camp supervisor, and Waffen-SS platoon commander. Within both the SS and SA, the rank of Obersturmführer
was considered the equivalent of an Oberleutnant in the German Wehrmacht.[4] The insignia for Obersturmführer
was three silver pips and a silver stripe centered on a uniform collar patch. The rank was senior to an Untersturmführer
(or Sturmführer in the SA[1]) and junior to the rank of Hauptsturmführer.[4] Insignia[edit]

Shoulder mark

Gorget patches

Military camouflage

See also[edit]

Comparative ranks of Nazi Germany Table of ranks and insignia of the Waffen-SS

Junior Rank Untersturmführer SS rank Obersturmführer Senior Rank Hauptsturmführer

Junior Rank Sturmführer SA rank Obersturmführer Senior Rank Sturmhauptführer


^ a b McNab (II) 2009, p. 15. ^ Stein 1984, p. 297. ^ McNab 2009, pp. 29, 30. ^ a b Flaherty 2004, p. 148.


Flaherty, T. H. (2004) [1988]. The Third Reich: The SS. Time-Life Books, Inc. ISBN 1 84447 073 3.  McNab, Chris (2009). The SS: 1923–1945. Amber Books Ltd. ISBN 978-1-906626-49-5.  McNab (II), Chris (2009). The Third Reich. Amber Books Ltd. ISBN 978-1-906626-51-8.  Stein, George (1984) [1966]. The Waffen-SS: Hitler's Elite Guard at War 1939–1945. Cornell University Press. ISBN 0-8014-9275-0. 

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