Ranks and insignia of the Sturmabteilung

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

This table contains the final ranks and insignia of the Schutzstaffel (short SA), which were in use from 1942-1945 in comparison to the German Wehrmacht Heer.

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rank
Rank insignia Designation
German / (English)
Equivalent to the Wehrmacht/ Heer
(English)
Collar badge Shoulder strap
OF-10
SA-Stabschef.jpg
Oberster Führer der SA
(Supreme leader of the SA)
Generalfeldmarschall
Rank insignia of Generalfeldmarschall of the Wehrmacht.svg
OF-9 no equivalent Generaloberst
(Colonel general)
Rank insignia of Generaloberst of the Wehrmacht.svg
OF-8
SAOGruf.jpg
SA-SS-NSMC OF5a-8-should.pdf SA-Obergruppenführer
(SA-Senior group leader)
General der Waffengattung
(General of the branch)
Rank insignia of General of the Wehrmacht.svg
OF-7
SAGruf.jpg
SA-Gruppenführer
(SA-Group leader)
Generalleutnant
(Lieutenant general)
Rank insignia of Generalleutnant of the Wehrmacht.svg
OF-6
SABrigf.jpg
SA-Brigadeführer
(SA-Brigadier leader)
Generalmajor
(Major general)
Rank insignia of Generalmajor of the Wehrmacht.svg
OF-5
SAOf.jpg
SA-SS-NSMC OF5a-8-should.pdf SA-Oberführer
(SA-Senior leader)
Heer - decal for helmet 1942.svg No equivalent.
SA OF5b Staf collar.pdf
SA-SS-NSMC OF3-5b-should.pdf SA-Standartenführer
(SA-Standard leader (regiment sized unit))
Oberst
(Colonel)
Oberst Epaulette.jpg
OF-4 SA OF4 OSturmbannfuehrer col-l.pdf SA-Obersturmbannführer
(SA-Senior storm unit leader (battalion sized unit))
Oberstleutnant
(Lieutenant colonel)
Oberstleutnant Epaulette.jpg
OF-3 SA OF3 StuBaf col-left.pdf SA-Sturmbannführer
(SA-Storm unit leader)
Major
(Major)
Major Epaulette.jpg
OF-2 SA OF2 HStuf col-left.pdf SA-SS-NSMC OF1b-2-should.pdf SA-Hauptsturmführer
(SA-Chief storm leader (company sized sub unit))
Hauptmann/Rittmeister
(Captain (OF-2))
Hauptmann Epaulette.jpg
OF-1a SA OF1a OStuf col-left.pdf SA-Obersturmführer
(SA-Senior storm leader)
Oberleutnant
(First lieutenant)
Oberleutnant Epaulette.jpg
OF-1b SA OF1b Sturmfuehrer col-l.pdf SA-Sturmführer
(SA-Storm leader)
Leutnant
(Second lieutenant)
Leutnant Epaulette.jpg
OR-8 SA OR8 HTruf col-l.pdf SA-SS-NSMC OR1-8-should.pdf SA-Hauptruppführer
(SA-Chief troop leader (platoon sized unit))
Stabsfeldwebel
StabsFWEpaulette.jpg
OR-7 SA OR7 OTruf col-left.pdf SA-Obertruppführer
(SA-Senior troop leader (platoon sized unit))
Oberfeldwebel
(Oberfähnrich OA/ Offiziersanwärter)
Luftwaffe epaulette Oberfeldwebel.svg
OR-6 SA OR6 Truf col-left.pdf SA-Truppführer
(SA-Troop leader (platoon sized unit))
Feldwebel
(Fähnrich OA/ Offiziersanwärter)
FeldwebelEpaulette.jpg
OR-5 SA OR5 OSchaf col-left.pdf SA-Oberscharführer
(SA-Senior squad leader)
Unterfeldwebel
Luftwaffe epaulette Unterfeldwebel.svg
OR-4 SA OR4 Schaf col-left.pdf SA-Scharführer
(SA-Squad leader))
Unteroffizier
(Fahnenjunker / Offiziersanwärter)
UnteroffEpaulette.jpg
OR-3 no equivalent Stabsgefreiter (OR-3) Mannschaft Epaulette 1938.jpg
Rank insignia of Stabsgefreiter of the Wehrmacht.svg
SA OR3 Rof col-left.pdf SA-SS-NSMC OR1-8-should.pdf SA-Rottenführer
(SA-Team leader (Fire team sized unit))
Obergefreiter Mannschaft Epaulette 1938.jpg

Rank insignia of Obergefreiter (over 6 years of service) of the Wehrmacht.svg Rank insignia of Obergefreiter (under 6 years of service) of the Wehrmacht.svg

OR-2 SA OR2 Stum col-left.pdf SA-Sturmmann
(SA-Storm man/Storm trooper)
Gefreiter Mannschaft Epaulette 1938.jpg
Rank insignia of Gefreiter of the Wehrmacht.svg
OR-1 No equivalent Ober… e.g. Oberschütze, Obergrenadier, Oberfunker, Oberkanonier, … etc. Mannschaft Epaulette 1938.jpg
Rank insignia of Oberschütze of the Wehrmacht.svg
SA OR1 SA-Mann col-r.pdfSA OR1 SA-Mann col-l.pdf SA-SS-NSMC OR1-8-should.pdf SA-Mann
(SA-Man/SA-Trooper)
Soldat, Schütze, Grenadier, Funker, Kanonier, … etc.
Mannschaft Epaulette 1938.jpg
Volunteer (SA-Anwärter (en: SA-Aspirant/Candidate)) to the service of the Sturmabteilung (SA) Conscript or military volunteer who enlists and may become an NCO or Officer of the Wehrmacht
Remarks

R i g h t collar patch contains the number and type of unit (ascending up to “Obersturmbannführer” (OF4) in SA and SS, and “Oberstaffelfuehrer” (OF4) in NSMC): … L e f t collar patch contain the rank insignias (from ascending “Standartenfuehrer” (OF5) both sides).

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