SS Personnel Main Office

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The SS Personnel Main Office (German: SS Personalhauptamt) was responsible for the administration of personnel matters regarding all leaders and officers of the Schutzstaffel (SS) of Nazi Germany. This included the Allgemeine SS (General SS), Waffen-SS and Sicherheitsdienst (SD; Security Service), specifically those matters regarding admission, promotion and dismissal, but also organisational matters, transfers, and training. It was responsible for processing recommendations for decorations. The office was also responsible for the SS seniority list (Dienstaltersliste), the granting of the SS-Ehrenring (SS Honour Ring) and Degen (SS Honour Sword), and also appointed members within the Allgemeine SS. The chief of the office was SS-Gruppenführer Walter Schmitt until 1942, followed by SS-Obergruppenführer and General of the Waffen-SS Maximilian von Herff. The office was supervised closely by the Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler.[1][2][3]


The office consisted of two main departments:[4]

  • Officer Personnel
  • Officer Replacements


  1. ^ Steiner 2013, p. 244.
  2. ^ Lepage 2014, p. 169.
  3. ^ United States. War Dept/Stephen E. Ambrose (2006-06-26). "Handbook on German military forces".
  4. ^ Lumsden 2009, p. 27.