General der Gebirgstruppe

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General der Gebirgstruppe
(General of mountain troops)
sleeve insignia (parka)
Rank insignia of the Heer

General der Gebirgstruppe (Literally: General of the Mountain Troops) was a category of German Army three-star, a new example of the traditional German 'General der' rank introduced by the Wehrmacht in 1940, comparable to the NATO grade OF-8.

Rank and rank insignia[edit]

The rank was equivalent to the long established General der Kavallerie, General der Artillerie and General der Infanterie. The Wehrmacht also introduced General der Panzertruppe (armoured troops), General der Pioniere (engineers), General der Fallschirmtruppe (parachute troops) and General der Nachrichtentruppe (communications troops).

Mountain Infantry (Gebirgsjäger) Generals were identifiable by their edelweiss sleeve and cap insignia and the mountain cap (bergmütze) worn instead of the peaked cap of officers from other branches of the Wehrmacht. In October 1942 an order was issued that general officers should have gold piping around the crown of the cap to distinguish them more readily from other ranks.

Sequence of ranks ascenting
junior rank:

(German officer rank)
General der Gebirgstruppe

senior rank:


See also[edit]

List of officers who were General der Gebirgstruppe[edit]