Generalmajor

For the use of this two-star rank in other countries, see major general.
Generalmajor
HD H 62 Generalmajor.svg LD B 62 Generalmajor.svg
Army and Air Force insignia
Country  Germany
Service branch Bundeswehr Logo Heer with lettering.svg German Army
Bundeswehr Logo Luftwaffe with lettering.svg German Air Force
Abbreviation GenMaj
Rank Two-star
NATO rank OF-7
Non-NATO rank O-8
Formation 1956
Next higher rank Generalleutnant
Next lower rank Brigadegeneral
Equivalent ranks Konteradmiral

Generalmajor, short GenMaj (English: major general), is a general officer rank in many countries, and is identical to and translated as major general.

It is currently the third-highest general officer rank in the German Army (Heer) and German Air Force (Luftwaffe). This rank is also used in the Austrian Armed Forces, but is abbreviated as GenMjr.

Historically, German Army ranks for their generals prior to 1945 were offset by one from Western nomenclature. Thus, prior to 1945 the Generalmajor rank in the German Army was equivalent to the brigadier general rank in the West, and so forth.

Rank

The rank is rated OF-7 in NATO, and is grade B7 in the pay rules of the Federal Ministry of Defence. It is equivalent to Konteradmiral in the German Navy (Marine) or to Generalstabsarzt, and Admiralstabsarzt in the Zentraler Sanitätsdienst der Bundeswehr.

Rank insignia

On the shoulder straps (Heer, Luftwaffe) there are two golden pips (stars) in golden oak leaves.

Heer Luftwaffe ... to service uniform
Bundeswehr sequence of ranks ascending
junior rank:
Brigadegeneral
Bundeswehr Logo Heer with lettering.svg Bundeswehr Logo Luftwaffe with lettering.svg

(German officer rank)
Generalmajor

senior rank:
Generalleutnant

Generalmajor in East Germany

Generalmajor (en: major general) was in the so-called armed organs of the GDR (German: Bewaffnete Organe der DDR), represented by Ministry of National Defence, and Ministry for State Security, the lowest general officer rank, comparable to the one-star rank in many NATO-Armed forces (Rangcode OF-6). This was in reference to Soviet military doctrine and in line with other armed forces of the Warsaw Pact.

The equivalent rank of the Volksmarine (en: GDR Navy) was the Konteradmiral, often called simply Herr Admiral for short.

For the use of this one-star rank in modern NATO armed forces, see brigadier general.
Junior Rank
Oberst
Flag of NVA (East Germany).svg
National People's Army rank
Generalmajor
(Konteradmiral)
Senior Rank
Generalleutnant
Rank insignias Generalmajor / Konteradmiral (OF-6)
Emblem Stasi.svg Stasi Emblem of the Ground Forces of NVA (East Germany).svg Land forces Emblem of aircraft of NVA (East Germany).svg Air Force Vehicle roundel of Border Troops of GDR.svg GDR Border troops Flag of warships of VM (East Germany).svg Volksmarine
OF-7 Generalmajor.png GDR AF OF6MajGen Fly-suit.JPG GDR Border Troops OF6 Generalmajor.gif OF-7 Konteradmiral.png OF-7 Konteradmiral VM, Ă„rmelstreifen.png
Generalmajor Konteradmiral
See also
Ranks of the National People's Army

Generalmajor of the Wehrmacht

Generalmajor (English: major general) was in the German Reich, and Nazi Germany the lowest general officer rank, comparable to the one-star rank in many NATO-Armed forces (Rangcode OF-6). It was equivalent to Konteradmiral in the Kriegsmarine, and SS-BrigadefĂĽhrer in the Waffen-SS until 1945.

For the use of this one-star rank in modern NATO armed forces, see brigadier general.
Rank insignia Generalmajor/ Konteradmiral
Branch German Army Luftwaffe Waffen-SS Kriegsmarine
Collar WMacht Arabesken Generale OF9-6 1945.svg Luftwaffe collar tabs Generalmajor 3D.svg SS-BrigadefĂĽhrer Collar Rank.svg None
Shoulder WMacht H OF6 GenMaj h 1935-1945.svg WMacht Lw OF6 GenMaj01 h 1945.svg SS-BrigadefĂĽhrer h.svg Kriegsmarine epaulette Konteradmiral.svg
Sleeve GenMaj Brif OF6 cam slv 1945.svg Luftwaffe flightsuit Generalmajor.svg GenMaj Brif OF6 cam slv 1945.svg Kriegsmarine-Konteradmiral.svg
Rank
designation
Generalmajor
SS-BrigadefĂĽhrer
und Generalmajor
der Waffen-SS
Konteradmiral
Sequence of ranks ascenting
junior rank:
Oberst
Balkenkreuz.svg

(German officer rank)
Generalmajor

senior rank:
Generalleutnant

See also

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