Army and Air Force insignia
|Service branch|| German Army|
German Air Force
|Next higher rank||Generalleutnant|
|Next lower rank||Brigadegeneral|
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.
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.
On the shoulder straps (Heer, Luftwaffe) there are two golden pips (stars) in golden oak leaves.
|Heer||Luftwaffe||... to service uniform|
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.
|Rank insignias Generalmajor / Konteradmiral (OF-6)|
|Stasi||Land forces||Air Force||GDR Border troops||Volksmarine|
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-Brigadeführer in the Waffen-SS until 1945.
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