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 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 Oberstgruppenführer.jpg
SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer and all generals of the Waffen-SS
Infantry
* Motorized infantry
* Panzergrenadiers
white SS Panzergrenadierregiment.svg Flagge SS-PzGrenRegt 40
SS Standartenführer (Oberführer) der Infanterie.jpg * SS-Oberführer of the Waffen-SS
* SS-Standartenführer of the Waffen-SS
Artillery
* Assault guns (Sturmgeschütze)
* Flak
scarlet LSSAH Artillerie Wimpel.svg Artillery flag
HH-SS-Obersturmbannfuhrer-Shoulder Strap.png SS-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 salmon-pink no example
* Panzers
* Panzerjäger (Tank destroyers)
rose-pink
SS Scharführer (Panzertruppe).jpg
SS-Scharführer of the Waffen-SS
* Signals
* War correspondents
lemon yellow
SS Untersturmführer Fm.png
SS-Untersturmführer
identical corps colour to Heer (German Wehrmacht)
* Cavalry
* Reconnaissance (1942–45)
* Armored reconnaissance
golden yellow
SS Hauptscharführer (Totenkopfverbände).jpg
SS-Hauptscharführer of the Waffen-SS
* Feldgendarmerie (Field police)
* Special services
orange
SS Unterscharführer-MP.jpg
SS Standartenjunker.jpg
* SS-Unterscharführer of the Waffen-SS

* SS-Standartenjunker (officer candidate OR-6) of the Waffen-SS
Reconnaissance (1938–42) copper-brown
SS Standartenführer (Oberführer).png
* Standartenführer of the Waffen-SS
* Oberführer of the Waffen-SS
Concentration camps light brown
SS Hauptscharführer (Totenkopfverbände).jpg
SS-Hauptscharführer of the Waffen-SS
Security service

(Sicherheitsdienst)

poison green
SS Sturmscharführer-SD.jpg
SS-Sturmscharführer of the „Sicherheitsdienst des Reichsführers-SS“.
Gebirgsjäger (mountain troops) Meadow green
Shoulder-wss-ill-untersturmf.jpg
SS-Untersturmführer of the Waffen-SS
Recruitment service (de: Ersatzwesen) also: SS-Sonderführer and SS-Reserve officers dark green
HH-SS-Obersturmfuhrer-Shoulder Strap.png
SS-Obersturmführer
Supply light blue
SS Hauptsturmführer (Nachschub).jpg
SS-Hauptsturmführer of the Waffen-SS
Administration bright blue
SS Hauptsturmführer (Verwaltung).jpg
Hauptsturmführer of the Waffen-SS
Medical service cornflower blue
WSS Staf-Oberf-Medical.png
* Standartenführer of the Waffen-SS medical service
* Oberführer of the Waffen-SS medical service
SS-Engineers corps
* Assault engineers
* Construction engineers
black
SS Oberscharführer (Pioniere).jpg
SS-Oberscharführer der Waffen-SS
identical collar patches
SS-Unterscharführer.svg
example SS-Unterscharführer
(all collar patches to enlisted men, NCO-ranks, officers and generals)
main color of the uniform field-grey equal uniform colour as to Waffen-SS, Heer, and Militärverwaltung
Remark

The colour of the Kragenspiegel is  black in SS and NSKK,  cinnabar-red in the staff headquarters of the so-called Motorobergruppen ("senior motor groups") and independent groups,  carmine-red in higher staff headquarters of the NSKK.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Quotation as to: Schlag nach!, Bibliographisches Institut AG, Leipzig, 1938, p. 203.
  • 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)

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