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Gerhard Klopfer, with the Nazi rank of Befehlsleiter (Command Leader) in 1942

Befehlsleiter (Command Leader) was a Nazi Party political rank of Nazi Germany which existed between 1939 and 1945. Divided into three levels (Befehlsleiter, Oberbefehlsleiter, and Hauptbefehlsleiter) the rank was the highest possible paramilitary political rank, except for that of Gauleiter and Reichsleiter which were outside the regular promotion tier and available only by direct appointment from Adolf Hitler.


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