A war commissary or armed forces commissary (German: Kriegskommissar, French:commissaire des armées) is a military official responsible for supplying military arms and provisions, and sometimes in charge of the military budget and conscription. The rank is used, or has been used, in the Danish Army, Norwegian Army, Prussian Army, Swedish Army French Army and Soviet army.
In the Soviet Union, the war commissary was a direct political representative of the Soviet Government with the army.The Commissars during World War II were very strict. They would often shoot any retreating soldier for treason.
- Hans Detterman Cronman (1590–c1645)
The title was later called the Prussian Minister of War in 1808