Corps colours (Waffen-SS)

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Corps colours, or Troop-function colours (ge: "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
WSS OF9 OberstGruf.jpg
SS-Oberst-Gruppenfuehrer and all generals of the Waffen-SS
Infantry
* Motorized infantry
* Panzergrenadiers
White SS Panzergrenadierregiment.svg Flagge SS-PzGrenRegt 40
WSS OF5 Staf-Oberf-Infantry.jpg * Oberfuehrer of the Waffen-SS
* Standartenfuehrer 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-Sturmbannfuehrer 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
WSS OR5 Scharführer-Panzer.jpg
Scharfuehrer of the Waffen-SS
* Signals
* War correspondents
Lemon yellow
WSS OR6 OScharf1-Fm.jpg
Oberscharfuehrer of the Waffen-SS
identical weapon colour to the Heer of the German Wehrmacht
* Cavalry
* Reconnaissance (1942–45)
* Armored reconnaissance
Golden yellow
WSS OR7 HScharf-SSTV.jpg
Hauptscharfuehrer of the Waffen-SS
* Field police
* Special seervices
Orange
WSS OR4 Unterscharführer-MP.jpg
WSS OR6 Standartenjunker.jpg
* Untersturfuehrer of the Waffen-SS

* SS-Standartenjunker (officer candidate OR-6) of the Waffen-SS
Reconnaissance (1938–42) Copper-brown
WSS OF5 Staf-Oberf Recon.png
* Standartenfuehrer of the Waffen-SS
* Oberführer of the Waffen-SS
Concentration camps Light brown
WSS OR7 HScharf-SSTV.jpg
Hauptsturmfuehrer of the Waffen-SS
Security service

(Sicherheitsdienst)

Poison green
SS OR8 StuScharf-SD.jpg
SS-Sturmscharfuehrer of the „Sicherheitsdienst des Reichsführers-SS“.
Gebirgsjäger (mountain troops) Meadow green
Shoulder-wss-ill-untersturmf.jpg
SS-Untersturmfuehrer of the Waffen-SS,
identical weapon colour to the Heer of the German Wehrmacht
* SS-Sonderfuehrer
* Recruitment service
* Reserve officers
Dark green no example
Supply Light blue
WSS OF2 HSturmf-Supply.jpg
SS-Hauptsturmfuehrer of the Waffen-SS
Administration Bright blue
WSS OF2 HSturmf-Admin.jpg
SS-Hauptsturmfuehrer of the Waffen-SS
Medical service Cornflower blue
WSS OF5 Staf-Oberf-Medical.png
* Standartenfuehrer of the Waffen-SS medical service
* Oberführer of the Waffen-SS medical service
* Engineers
* Assault engineers
* Construction engineers
Black
WSS OR6 OScharf-Pionier.jpg
Scharfuehrer of the Waffen-SS
identical weapon colour to the Heer of the German Wehrmacht

References[edit]

  • Glossary of German military terms
  • Adolf Schlicht, John R. Angolia: Die deutsche Wehrmacht, Uniformierung und Ausrüstung 1933-1945
    Vol. 1: Das Heer (ISBN 3613013908), Motorbuch Verlag, Stuttgart 1992
    Vol. 3: Die Luftwaffe (ISBN 3-613-02001-7), Motorbuch Verlag, Stuttgart 1999
    (very detailed information and discussion but no coloured images)
This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.

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This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.