Comparative officer ranks of World War II

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The following table compares the officer ranks appointed by the major Allied powers, the major Axis powers and various occupied countries and co-belligerents during World War II.

Table

Equivalent NATO Code Major Allied powers Major Axis powers Occupied countries Co-belligerents
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of the United States (1912-1959).svg Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg Flag of the Republic of China.svg Flag of the German Reich (1935–1945).svg Flag of Japan (1870-1999).svg Flag of Italy (1861-1946) crowned.svg Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Flag of Free France (1940-1944).svg Hellenic Kingdom Flag 1935.svg Flag of Poland (1928-1980).svg Flag of Bulgaria.svg Flag of Finland.svg Flag of the Democratic Federal Yugoslavia.svg
British Empire USA USSR China Nazi Germany Empire of Japan Italy Czechos-
lovakia
France Greece Poland Bulgaria Finland Yugoslav partisans
Army Air Force Navy Army & Air force Navy Army & Air force Navy Army & Air force Navy Army & Air force Navy Army & Air force Navy Army Air Force Navy Army Army & Air Force Navy Army Air Force Navy Army & Air force Navy Army & Air force Army & Air force Navy Army
OF-11[note 1] No equivalent 6 Star.svg
General of the Armies[note 2]
US Admiral of Navy insignia.svg
Admiral of the Navy[note 2]
Rank insignia of генералиссимус Советского Союза.svg
Generalissimus Sovétskogo Soyuza[note 3]
No equivalent Luftwaffe collar tabs Reichsmarschall 3D.svg
Reichsmarschall
Generalissimo collar rank insignia (Japan).png
Dai-gensui
Generalissimo sleeve insignia (IJN).jpg
Dai-gensui
Rank insignia of primo maresciallo dell'impero of the Italian Army (1940).png
Primo Maresciallo dell'Impero
No equivalent No equivalent No equivalent No equivalent No equivalent No equivalent No equivalent
OF-10 British Army (1920-1953) OF-10.svg
Field Marshal
British RAF OF-10.svg
Marshal of the RAF
British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-10.svg
Admiral of the Fleet
US-O11 insignia.svg
General of the Army
US-O11 insignia.svg
General of the Air Force
US Navy O11 insignia.svg
Fleet admiral
10-rkka-field-1943-marshal US.gif
Marshal Sovetckovo Soyuzа
None.svg
Generalissimo
None.svg
Admiralissimo
Wehrmacht GenFeldmarschall 1942.svgNone.svg
Generalfeldmarschall
Kriegsmarine-Großadmiral.png
Großadmiral
帝國陸軍の階級―襟章―大将.svg
Gensui Rikugun-taishō
Japan-navy-1931-1944-sleeve 30-1-.gif
Gensui-kaigun-taishō
Rank insignia of maresciallo d'Italia of the Italian Army (1940).png
Maresciallo d'Italia
IT-Airforce-OF-10.png
Maresciallo dell'Aria
Rank insignia of grande ammiraglio of the Regia Marina (1936).svg
Grande Ammiraglio
No equivalent Army-FRA-OF-10.svg
Maréclal de France
French Navy NG-OF10.svg
Amiral de France
GR-Army-OF10 (1937).svg
Field marshal
Royal Hellenic Air Force OF-10.svg
Marshal of the air force
GR-RNavy-OF10-sleeve.svg
Admiral of the Fleet
Army-POL-OF-10.svg
Marshal of Poland
No equivalent None.svg
Field marshal
No equivalent
None.svg
Amiral de la flotte
OF-9 British Army (1920-1953) OF-9.svg
General
British RAF OF-9.svg
Air Chief Marshal
British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-9.svg
Admiral
US-O10 insignia.svg
General
US Navy O10 insignia.svg
Admiral
7-rkka-field-1943-ChiefmarshalArmour.gif
Glavny marshal roda voysk
18陆军特级上将.png
Colonel General
None.svg
General Admiral
Generaloberst (Wehrmacht) 5.svgWehrmach Lw Generaloberst2 1945.jpg
Generaloberst
Kriegsmarine-Generaladmiral.png
General admiral
帝國陸軍の階級―襟章―大将.svg
Rikugun-Taishō
Japan-navy-1931-1944-sleeve 30-1-.gif
Kaigun-taishō
Rank insignia of generale d'armata of the Italian Army (1940).png
Generale d'Armata
IT-Airforce-OF-9.png
Generale d'Armata Aerea
Rank insignia of ammiraglio d'armata of the Regia Marina (1936).svg
Ammiraglio d'Armata
None.svg
Armádni generál
Army-FRA-OF-09.svg
Général d'armée
French Air Force-général d'armée aérienne.svg
Général d'armée aérienne
French Navy-Rama NG-OF9.svg
Amiral
GR-Army-OF9-1937.svg
General
Hellenic Air Force OF-9.svg
Air Chief Marshal
GR-Navy-OF9-sleeve.svg
Admiral
Army-POL-OF-08.svg
Generał broni[1]
POL PMW pagon1 admirał floty.svg
Admirał
No equivalent Kenraaliluutnantti kauluslaatta.svg
Kenraali
Amiraali hihalaatta.svg
Amiraali
None.svg
Armádni generál
3 rkka-field-1943-marshalArmour.gif
Marshal roda voysk
RA-SA A F9GenArmy 1955field.jpg
General armii
RAF N F9AdmirFleet 1943-1955.gif
Admiral flota
17陆军一级上将.png
General
None.svg
Admiral
Rank insignia of generale designato d'armata of the Italian Army (1940).png
Generale Disignato d'Armata
RA-Generale designato di armata aerea.png
Generale Disignato d'Armata Aerea
Rank insignia of ammiraglio designato d'armata of the Regia Marina (1936).svg
Ammiraglio Disignato d'Armata
OF-8 British Army (1920-1953) OF-8.svg
Lieutenant-General
British RAF OF-8.svg
Air Marshal
British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-8.svg
Vice-Admiral
US-O9 insignia.svg
Lieutenant General
US Navy O9 insignia.svg
Vice Admiral
RA-SA A F8ColGen 1955field.gif
General-polkovnik
RAF N F8Adm 1943-1955.gif
Admiral
15陆军中将.png
Lieutenant General
None.svg
Vice-Admiral
General (Wehrmacht).svgWMacht Lw -General 1945.png
General der Waffengattung
Kriegsmarine-Generaladmiral.png
Admiral
帝國陸軍の階級―襟章―中将.svg
Lieutenant General
Imperial Japanese Navy Insignia Vice admiral 海軍中将.png
Vice-Admiral
Rank insignia of generale di corpo d'armata of the Italian Army (1940).png
Generale di Corpo d'Armata
RA-Generale di squadra aerea.png
Generale di Corpo d'Armata Aerea
Rank insignia of ammiraglio di squadra of the Regia Marina (1936).svg
Ammiraglio di Squadra
None.svg
Divizní generál[2]
Army-FRA-OF-08.svgFrench Air Force-général de corps aérien.svg
Général de corps d'armée
French Navy-Rama NG-OF8.svg
Vice-Amiral d'escadre
GR-Army-OF8-1937.svg
Lieutenant-General
Hellenic Air Force OF-8.svg
Air Marshal
GR-Navy-OF8-sleeve.svg
Vice-Admiral
Army-POL-OF-07.svg
Generał dywizji[1]
POL PMW pagon1 wiceadmirał.svg
Wiceadmirał[1]
None.svg
General-pukovnik
Kenraalimajuri kauluslaatta.svg
Kenraaliluutnantti
Vara-amiraali hihalaatta.svg
Vara-amiraali
None.svg
General-pukovnik
OF-7 British Army (1920-1953) OF-7.svg
Major-General
British RAF OF-7.svg
Air Vice-Marshal
British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-7.svg
Rear-Admiral
US-O8 insignia.svg
Major General
US Navy O8 insignia.svg
Rear Admiral
RA-SA A F7LtGen 1955field.gif
General-leytenant
RAF N F7FiceAdm 1943-1955.gif
Vize-admiral
14陆军少将.png
Major General
None.svg
Rear-Admiral
Generalleutnant (Wehrmacht) 2.svg
Generalleutnant
Kriegsmarine-Vizeadmiral.png
Vizeadmiral
帝國陸軍の階級―襟章―少将.svg
Major General
Imperial Japanese Navy Insignia Rear admiral 海軍少将.png
Rear-Admiral
Rank insignia of generale di divisione of the Italian Army (1940).png
Generale di Divisione
IT-Airforce-OF-8.png
Generale di Divisione Aerea
Rank insignia of ammiraglio di divisione of the Regia Marina (1936).svg
Ammiraglio di Divisione
None.svg
Brigádní generál[2]
Army-FRA-OF-07.svgFrench Air Force-général de division aérienne.svg
Général de division
French Navy-Rama NG-OF7.svg
Vice-Amiral
GR-Army-OF7-1937.svg
Major-General
Hellenic Air Force OF-7.svg
Air Vice-Marshal
GR-Navy-OF7-sleeve.svg
Rear-Admiral
Army-POL-OF-06.svg
General brygady[1]
POL PMW pagon1 kontradmirał.svg
Kontradmirał[1]
None.svg
General-leitenant
Prikaatikenraali kauluslaatta.svg
Kenraalimajuri
Kontra-amiraali hihalaatta.svg
Kontra-amiraali
None.svg
General-lajtnant
OF-6 British Army (1928-1953) OF-6.svg
Brigadier
British RAF OF-6.svg
Air Commodore
British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-6.svg
Commodore
US-O7 insignia.svg
Brigadier General
US Navy O7 insignia.svg
Commodore[note 4]
RA-SA A F6MajGen 1955field.gif
General-mayor
RAF N F6RearAdm 1943-1955.gif
Kontr-admiral
No equivalent Wehrmacht Generalmajor.svg
Generalmajor
Kriegsmarine-Konteradmiral.png
Konteradmiral
No equivalent Rank insignia of generale di brigata of the Italian Army (1940).png
Generale di Brigata
IT-Airforce-OF-7.png
Generale di Brigata Aerea
Rank insignia of contrammiraglio of the Regia Marina (1936).svg
Contrammiraglio
No equivalent Army-FRA-OF-06.svgFrench Air Force-général de brigade aérienne.svg
Général de brigade
French Navy-Rama NG-OF6.svg
Contre-Amiral
No equivalent No equivalent None.svg
General-maior
No equivalent[3] None.svg
General-major
OF-5 British Army (1920-1953) OF-5.svg
Colonel
British RAF OF-5.svg
Group Captain
British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-5.svg
Captain
US-O6 insignia.svg
Colonel
US Navy O6 insignia.svg
Captain
RA-SA A F5Col 1955field.gif
Polkovnik
RAF N F5CaptNav 1943-1955.gif
Kapitan 1-go ranga
13陆军上校.png
Colonel
None.svg
Captain
Insignia Wehrmacht Heer Colonel 1.svg
Oberst
Kriegsmarine-Kommodore.png
Kommodore
帝國陸軍の階級―襟章―大佐.svg
Colonel
Imperial Japanese Navy Insignia Captain 海軍大佐.png
Captain
Rank insignia of colonnello comandante of the Italian Army (1940).png
Colonello Comandante
IT-Airforce-OF-5.png
Colonnello
Rank insignia of capitano di vascello of the Regia Marina (1936).svg
Capitano di Vascello
None.svg
Plukovnik
Army-FRA-OF-05.svgFrench Air Force-colonel.svg
Colonel
None.svg
Capitaine de vaisseau chef de division
GR-Army-OF5-1937.svg
Colonel
Hellenic Air Force OF-5.svg
Group Captain
GR-Navy-OF5-sleeve.svg
Captain
Army-POL-OF-05.svg
Pułkownik
POL PMW pagon1 komandor.svg
Komandor
None.svg
Polkovnik
FIN-eversti.svg
Eversti
Kommodori hihalaatta.svg
Kommodori
None.svg
Pukovnik
Kriegsmarine-Kapitän zur See.png
Kapitän zur See
Rank insignia of colonnello of the Italian Army (1940).png
Colonello
French Navy-Rama NG-OF5.svg
Capitaine de vaisseau
OF-4 British Army (1920-1953) OF-4.svg
Lieutenant-Colonel
British RAF OF-4.svg
Wing Commander
British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-4.svg
Commander
US-O5 insignia.svg
Lieutenant Colonel
US Navy O5 insignia.svg
Commander
RA-SA A F4LtCol 1955field.gif
Podpoplkovnik
RAF N F4Com 1943-1955.gif
Kapitan 2-go ranga
12陆军中校.png
Lieutenant-Colonel
None.svg
Commander
Insignia Wehrmacht Heer LtColonel 1.svg
Oberstleutnant
Kriegsmarine-Fregattenkapitän.png
Fregattenkapitän
帝國陸軍の階級―襟章―中佐.svg
Lieutenant-Colonel
Imperial Japanese Navy Insignia Commander 海軍中佐.png
Commander
Rank insignia of tenente colonnello of the Italian Army (1940).png
Tenente Colonello
IT-Airforce-OF-4.png
Tenente Colonello
Rank insignia of capitano di fregata of the Regia Marina (1936).svg
Capitano di Fregata
None.svg
Podplukovnik
Army-FRA-OF-04.svgFrench Air Force-lieutenant-colonel.svg
Lieutenant-Colonel
French Navy-Rama NG-OF4.svg
Capitaine de frégate
GR-Army-OF4-1937.svg
Lieutenant-Colonel
Hellenic Air Force OF-4.svg
Wing Commander
GR-Navy-OF4-sleeve.svg
Commander
Army-POL-OF-04.svg
Podpułkownik
POL PMW pagon1 komandor porucznik.svg
Komandor porucznik
None.svg
Podpoplkovnik
FIN-everstiluutnantti.svg
Everstiluutnantti
Komentaja hihalaatta.svg
Komentaja
None.svg
Potpukovnik
OF-3 British Army (1920-1953) OF-3.svg
Major
British RAF OF-3.svg
Squadron leader
British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-3.svg
Lieutenant-Commander
US-O4 insignia.svg
Major
US Navy O4 insignia.svg
Lieutenant Commander
RA-SA A F3Maj 1955field.gif
Major
RAF N F3LtCom 1943-1955.gif
Kapitan 3-go ranga
11陆军少校.png
Major
None.svg
Lieutenant-Commander
Insignia Wehrmacht Heer Major 1.svg
Major
Kriegsmarine-Korvettenkapitän.png
Korvettenkapitän
帝國陸軍の階級―襟章―少佐.svg
Major
OF-3 - Kaigun Shosa (cuff).gif
Lieutenant-Commander
Rank insignia of maggiore of the Italian Army (1940).png
Maggiore
IT-Airforce-OF-3.png
Maggiore
Rank insignia of capitano di corvetta of the Regia Marina (1936).svg
Capitano di Corvetta
None.svg
Major
Army-FRA-OF-03.svgFrench Air Force-commandant.svg
Commandant
French Navy-Rama NG-OF3.svg
Capitaine de corvette
GR-Army-OF3-1937.svg
Major
Hellenic Air Force OF-3.svg
Squadron leader
GR-Navy-OF3-sleeve.svg
Lieutenant-Commander
Army-POL-OF-03.svg
Major
POL PMW pagon1 komandor podporucznik.svg
Komandor podporucznik
None.svg
Maior
Majuri kauluslaatta.svg
Majuri
Komentajakapteeni hihalaatta.svg
Komentajakapteeni
None.svg
Major
OF-2 British Army (1920-1953) OF-2.svg
Captain
British RAF OF-2.svg
Flight Lieutenant
British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-2.svg
Lieutenant
US-O3 insignia.svg
Captain
US Navy O3 insignia.svg
Lieutenant
RA-SA A F2Capt 1955field.gif
Captain
RAF N F2CaptLt 1943-1955.gif
Kapitan-Leytenant
10陆军上尉.png
Captain
None.svg
Lieutenant
Insignia Wehrmacht Heer Captain 1.svg
Hauptmann
Kriegsmarine-Kapitänleutnant.png
Kapitänleutnant
帝國陸軍の階級―襟章―大尉.svg
Captain
Imperial Japanese Navy Insignia Lieutenant 海軍大尉.png
Lieutenant
Rank insignia of primo capitano of the Italian Army (1940).png
Primo capitano
IT-Airforce-OF3.png
Capitano
Rank insignia of tenente di vascello of the Regia Marina (1936).svg
Primo Tenente di Vascello
None.svg
Kapitán
Army-FRA-OF-02.svgFrench Air Force-capitaine.svg
Capitaine
French Navy-Rama NG-OF2.svg
Lieutenant de vaisseau
GR-Army-OF2-1937.svg
Captain
Hellenic Air Force OF-2.svg
Flight Lieutenant
GR-Navy-OF2-sleeve.svg
Lieutenant
Army-POL-OF-02.svg
Kapitan[note 5]
POL PMW pagon1 kapitan marynarki.svg
Kapitan marynarki
None.svg
Kapitan
Kapteeni kauluslaatta.svg
Kapteeni
Kapteeniluutnantti hihalaatta.svg
Kapteeniluutnantti
None.svg
Kapetan
Rank insignia of capitano of the Italian Army (1940).png
Capitano
Rank insignia of tenente di vascello of the Regia Marina (1936).svg
Tenente di Vascello
OF-1a British Army (1920-1953) OF-1b.svg
Lieutenant
British RAF OF-1b.svg
Flying officer
British Royal Navy (sleeves) OF-1b.svg
Sub-Lieutenant
US-O2 insignia.svg
First Lieutenant
US Navy O2 insignia.svg
Lieutenant Junior Grade
RA SA A F1stLt 1955field.png
Starshy Leytenant
RAF N F1FstLt 1943-1955.gif
Starshy Leytenant
09陆军中尉.png
First Lieutenant
None.svg
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Insignia Wehrmacht Heer Oberleutnant 1.svg
Oberleutnant
Kriegsmarine-Oberleutenant zur See.png
Oberleutnant zur See
帝國陸軍の階級―襟章―中尉.svg
First Lieutenant
OF-1b - Kaigun Chūi (CUFF).gif
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Rank insignia of primo tenente of the Italian Army (1940).png
Primo Tenente
IT-Airforce-OF2.png
Tenente
Rank insignia of sottotenente di vascello of the Regia Marina (1936).svg
Sottotenente di Vascello
None.svg
Nadporuchik
Army-FRA-OF-01a.svgFrench Air Force-lieutenant.svg
Lieutenant
French Navy-Rama NG-OF1b.svg
Enseigne de vaisseau de 1re classe
GR-Army-OF1a-1937.svg
Lieutenant
Hellenic Air Force OF-1A.svg
Flying officer
GR-Navy-OF1b-sleeve.svg
Sub-Lieutenant
Army-POL-OF-01a.svg
Porucznik
POL PMW pagon1 porucznik marynarki.svg
Porucznik marynarki
None.svg
Starshy leytenant
Luutnantti kauluslaatta.svg
Luutnantti
Luutnantti l hihalaatta.svg
Luutnantti
None.svg
Poručnik
Rank insignia of sottotenente of the Italian Army (1940).png
Tenente
OF-1b British Army (1920-1953) OF-1a.svg
Second lieutenant
British RAF OF-1a.svg
Pilot officer
British Royal Navy OF-1a.svg
Commissioned Warrant officer
US-O1 insignia.svg
Second lieutenant
US Navy O1 insignia.svg
Ensign
RA-SA A F1Lt 1955field.gif
Leytenant
RAF N F1-2Lt 1943-1955.gif
Leytenant
08陆军少尉.png
Second Lieutenant
None.svg
Ensign
Insignia Wehrmacht Heer Leutnant 1.svg
Leutnant
Kriegsmarine-Leutenant zur See.png
Leutnant zur See
帝國陸軍の階級―襟章―少尉.svg
Second Lieutenant
OF-1a - Kaigun Shōi (cuff).gif
Ensign
Rank insignia of sottotenente of the Italian Army (1940).png
Sottotenente
IT-Airforce-OF1.png
Sottotenente
Rank insignia of guardiamarina of the Regia Marina (1936).svg
Guardiamarina
None.svg
Poruchik
Army-FRA-OF-01b.svgFrench Air Force-sous-lieutenant.svg
Sous-Lieutenant
French Navy-Rama NG-OF1.svg
Enseigne de vaisseau de 2nde classe
GR-Army-OF1b-1937.svg
Second lieutenant
Hellenic Air Force OF-1B.svg
Pilot officer
GR-Navy-OF1-sleeve.svg
Ensign
Army-POL-OF-01b.svg
Podporucznik
POL PMW pagon1 podporucznik marynarki.svg
Podporucznik marynarki
None.svg
Leytenant
Vänrikki kauluslaatta.svg
Vänrikki
Aliluutnantti hihalaatta.svg
Aliluutnantti
None.svg
Potporučnik
OF-1c RA-SA A F1-2ndLt 1955field.gif
Mladsy Leytenant
RAF N F1-3SubLt 1943-1955.gif
Mladsy Leytenant
07陆军准尉.png
Warrant Officer
None.svg
Warrant Officer
帝國陸軍の階級―襟章―准尉.svg
Warrant Officer
None.svg
Warrant Officer
None.svg
Podporuchik
None.svg
Chorąży
None.svg
Chorąży marynarki
None.svg
Mladsy Leytenant
Country Army Air Force Navy Army & Air force Navy Army & Air force Navy Army & Air force Navy Army & Air force Navy Army & Air force Navy Army Air Force Navy Army Army & Air Force Navy Army Air Force Navy Army & Air force Navy Army & Air force Army & Air force Navy Army
British Empire USA USSR China Nazi Germany Empire of Japan Italy Czecho-
slovakia
France Greece Poland Bulgaria Finland Yugoslav partisans

Notes

  1. ^ Unofficial rank.
  2. ^ a b This rank was never awarded during the War.
  3. ^ This rank was only proposed and never used.
  4. ^ Reintroduced in 1943.
  5. ^ Traditionally captains of Polish cavalry held the rank of rotmistrz, a direct equivalent of the rank of kapitan in other branches of the military.
  1. ^ a b c d e 1917-1953
  2. ^ a b 1927-1947
  3. ^ Prikaatikenraali and Lippueamiraali were established in Octber 1995.

See also

External links

  • German WWII Army & SS Rank & Insignia
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