Kreisleiter (County Leader) was a Nazi Party political rank and title which existed as a political rank between 1930 and 1945 and as a Nazi Party title from as early as 1928. The position of Kreisleiter was first formed to provide German election district coordination and, after the Nazi assumption of power, the position became one of county municipal government, effectively replacing the traditional German government establishment.
The actual rank of Kreisleiter was phased out of the Nazi Party in 1939, to be replaced by one of several paramilitary political ranks. After this time, the position of Kreisleiter was denoted by a special armband.
In the Nazi hierarchy the Kreisleiter was the fourth tier, below the Führer, Adolf Hitler, the seventeen Reichsleiter and the forty-two Gauleiter. The level below the Kreisleiter were the Ortsgruppenleiter.
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