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Army insignia
Air Force insignia
Country  Germany
Service branch Bundeswehr Logo Heer with lettering.svg German Army
Bundeswehr Logo Luftwaffe with lettering.svg German Air Force
Rank Three-star
NATO rank OF-8
Non-NATO rank O-9
Formation 1956
Next higher rank General
Next lower rank Generalmajor
Equivalent ranks Vizeadmiral

Generalleutnant, short GenLt, (English: lieutenant general) is the second highest general officer rank in the German Army (Heer) and the German Air Force (Luftwaffe).


The rank is rated OF-8 in NATO, and is grade B7 in the pay rules of the Federal Ministry of Defence. It is equivalent to Vizeadmiral in the German Navy (Marine), or to Generaloberstabsarzt, and Admiraloberstabsarzt in the Zentraler Sanitätsdienst der Bundeswehr.

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

Heer Luftwaffe Gorget patches

Bundeswehr sequence of ranks ascending
junior rank:
Bundeswehr Logo Heer with lettering.svg Bundeswehr Logo Luftwaffe with lettering.svg

(German officer rank)

senior rank:
General (Germany)


Prior to 1945, Generalleutnant was the rank conventionally associated with the command of a division. It was thus the equivalent of the rank of major general in English-speaking armies.

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