Ranks and insignia of the National Socialist Motor Corps

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The ranks and insignia of the National Socialist Motor Corps (Nationalsozialistisches Kraftfahrkorps, abbr. NSKK) were a paramilitary rank system in Germany used between the years of 1931 and 1945. They were based closely on the ranks and insignia of the Sturmabteilung (SA), of which the NSKK was originally a part.

Rank Insignia[edit]

Shoulder insignia Collar insignia[1] NSKK Rank[2][3] Translation Heer equivalent[3]
NSKK-Korpsführer shoulder.svg NSKK-Korpsführer.svg Korpsführer Corps Leader Generalfeldmarschall
NSKK-Gruppenführer shoulder.svg NSKK-Obergruppenführer.svg Obergruppenführer Senior Group Leader General
NSKK-Gruppenführer.svg Gruppenführer Group Leader Generalleutnant
NSKK-Brigadeführer.svg Brigadeführer Brigade Leader Generalmajor
NSKK-Oberführer shoulder.svg NSKK-Oberführer.svg Oberführer Senior Leader Oberst
None.svg NSKK-Standartenführer.svg Standartenführer Regiment Leader Oberst
NSKK-Obersturmbannführer.svg Oberstaffelführer Senior squadron leader Oberstleutnant
NSKK-Sturmbannführer.svg Staffelführer Squadron leader Major
Shoulder-wss-ill-untersturmf.jpg NSKK-Hauptsturmführer.svg Hauptsturmführer Chief Assault Leader Hauptmann
NSKK-Obersturmführer.svg Obersturmführer Senior Assault Leader Oberleutnant
NSKK-Sturmführer.svg Sturmführer Assault Leader Leutnant
None.svg NSKK-Haupttruppführer.svg Haupttruppführer Head troop leader No equivalent
NSKK-Obertruppführer.svg Obertruppführer Senior Troop Leader Stabsfeldwebel
NSKK-Truppführer.svg Truppführer Troop Leader Hauptfeldwebel
NSKK-Oberscharführer.svg Oberscharführer Senior Squad Leader Oberfeldwebel
NSKK-Scharführer.svg Scharführer Squad Leader Unteroffizier
NSKK-Rottenführer.svg Rottenführer Section Leader Obergefreiter
NSKK-Sturmmann.svg Sturmmann Storm Trooper Gefreiter
None NSKK-Mann.svg Mann Trooper Soldat

Unit Insignia[edit]

For all ranks Oberstaffelführer and below, the NSKK displayed a unit collar patch, worn on the right collar, opposite the badge of rank. This unit badge displayed a member's Sturm (Company) number, followed by the number of the motorized regiment to which they belonged within the National Socialist Motor Corps.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nationalsozialistisches Kraftfahrkorps (NSKK) Regulation Collar Tabs". GermanDaggers.com. 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  2. ^ Weiß, Hermann (2002). "Appendix". Biographisches Lexikon zum Dritten Reich [Biographical lexicon to the Third Reich] (in German). Frankfurt on Main: Fischer. ISBN 978-3596130863.
  3. ^ a b CIA (24 August 1999). "Records Integration Title Book" (PDF). p. 23. Retrieved 11 December 2018.