Ranks and insignia of the Sturmabteilung

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This table contains the final ranks and insignia of the Sturmabteilung (short SA), which were in use from 1942-1945 in comparison to the German Wehrmacht Heer.

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rank
Rank insignia Designation
German / (English)
Equivalent to the Wehrmacht/ Heer
(English)
Collar badge Shoulder strap
OF-10 Oberster Führer der SA
(Supreme leader of the SA)
Generalfeldmarschall
(General field marshal)
WMacht A OF10-GenFeldmarschall 1942h1.svg
OF-9 no equivalent Generaloberst
(Colonel general)
Generaloberst (Wehrmacht) 8.svg
OF-8 SA-Obergruppenführer
(SA-Senior group leader)
General der Waffengattung
(General of the branch)
General (Wehrmacht) 1.svg
OF-7 SA-Gruppenführer
(SA-Group leader)
Generalleutnant
(Lieutenant general)
Generalleutnant (Wehrmacht).svg
OF-6 SA-Brigadeführer
(SA-Brigadier leader)
Generalmajor
(Major general)
Generalmajor (Wehrmacht).svg
OF-5 SA-Oberführer
(SA-Senior leader)
Heer - decal for helmet 1942.svg No equivalent.
SA-Standartenführer
(SA-Standard leader (regiment sized unit))
Oberst
(Colonel)
Oberst Epaulette.jpg
OF-4 SA-Obersturmbannführer
(SA-Senior storm unit leader (battalion sized unit))
Oberstleutnant
(Lieutenant colonel)
Oberstleutnant Epaulette.jpg
OF-3 SA-Sturmbannführer
(SA-Storm unit leader)
Major
(Major)
Major Epaulette.jpg
OF-2 SA-Hauptsturmführer
(SA-Chief storm leader (company sized sub unit))
Hauptmann/Rittmeister
(Captain (OF-2))
Hauptmann Epaulette.jpg
OF-1a SA-Obersturmführer
(SA-Senior storm leader)
Oberleutnant
(First lieutenant)
Oberleutnant Epaulette.jpg
OF-1b SA-Sturmführer
(SA-Storm leader)
Leutnant
(Second lieutenant)
Leutnant Epaulette.jpg
OR-8 SA-Haupttruppführer
(SA-Chief troop leader (platoon sized unit))
Stabsfeldwebel
StabsFWEpaulette.jpg
OR-7 SA-Obertruppführer
(SA-Senior troop leader (platoon sized unit))
Oberfeldwebel
(Oberfähnrich OA/ Offiziersanwärter)
Luftwaffe epaulette Oberfeldwebel.svg
OR-6 SA-Truppführer
(SA-Troop leader (platoon sized unit))
Feldwebel
(Fähnrich OA/ Offiziersanwärter)
FeldwebelEpaulette.jpg
OR-5 SA-Oberscharführer
(SA-Senior squad leader)
Unterfeldwebel
Luftwaffe epaulette Unterfeldwebel.svg
OR-4 SA-Scharführer
(SA-Squad leader))
Unteroffizier
(Fahnenjunker / Offiziersanwärter)
UnteroffEpaulette.jpg
OR-3 no equivalent Stabsgefreiter (OR-3) Mannschaft Epaulette 1938.jpg
Rank insignia of Stabsgefreiter of the Wehrmacht.svg
SA-Rottenführer
(SA-Team leader (Fire team sized unit))
Obergefreiter Mannschaft Epaulette 1938.jpg

Rank insignia of Obergefreiter (over 6 years of service) of the Wehrmacht.svg Rank insignia of Obergefreiter (under 6 years of service) of the Wehrmacht.svg

OR-2 SA-Sturmmann
(SA-Storm man/Storm trooper)
Gefreiter Mannschaft Epaulette 1938.jpg
Rank insignia of Gefreiter of the Wehrmacht.svg
OR-1 No equivalent Ober… e.g. Oberschütze, Obergrenadier, Oberfunker, Oberkanonier, … etc. Mannschaft Epaulette 1938.jpg
Rank insignia of Oberschütze of the Wehrmacht.svg
SA-Mann
(SA-Man/SA-Trooper)
Soldat, Schütze, Grenadier, Funker, Kanonier, … etc.
Mannschaft Epaulette 1938.jpg
Volunteer (SA-Anwärter (en: SA-Aspirant/Candidate)) to the service of the Sturmabteilung (SA) Conscript or military volunteer who enlists and may become an NCO or Officer of the Wehrmacht
Remarks

Right collar patch contains the number and type of unit (ascending up to “Obersturmbannführer” (OF4) in SA and SS, and “Oberstaffelfuehrer” (OF4) in NSMC): … Left collar patch contain the rank insignias (from ascending “Standartenfuehrer” (OF5) both sides).

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