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HD S Kragenspiegel Gen R.svg HD H 63 Generalleutnant.svg LD B 63 Generalleutnant.svg
Rank insignia German officer rank
Introduction 1956
Rank group General officers
Army / Air Force Generalleutnant
Navy Vizeadmiral
Army Lieutenant general
Air force Air marshal
Navy Vice Admiral

Generalleutnant, short GenLt, (English: lieutenant general) is the second highest general officer rank in the German Army (Heer), German Air Force (Luftwaffe).


The rank is rated OF-8 in NATO, and is grade B7 in the pay rules of the Federal Ministry of Defence. It is equivalent to Vizeadmiral in the German Navy (Marine), or to Generaloberstabsarzt, and Admiraloberstabsarzt in the Zentraler Sanitätsdienst der Bundeswehr.

Rank insignia[edit]

On the shoulder straps (Heer, Luftwaffe) there are three golden pips (stars) in golden oak leaves.

Heer Luftwaffe
junior Rank
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(German officer rank)

senior Rank
General (Germany)


Prior to 1945, Generalleutnant was the rank conventionally associated with the command of a division. It was thus the equivalent of the rank of major general in English-speaking armies.

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