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Army and Air Force insignia
Country Germany
Service branchBundeswehr Logo Heer with lettering.svg German Army
Bundeswehr Logo Luftwaffe with lettering.svg German Air Force
NATO rank codeOF-8
Non-NATO rankO-9
Next higher rankGeneral
Next lower rankGeneralmajor
Equivalent ranksVizeadmiral

Generalleutnant, short GenLt, ('lieutenant general') is the second highest general officer rank in the German Army (Heer) and the German Air Force (Luftwaffe). This three-star rank in other countries is lieutenant general.

Rank in modern Germany

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 ... to service uniform
Bundeswehr sequence of ranks ascending

Generalleutnant in East Germany

Generalleutnant 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 second lowest general officer rank, comparable to the two-star rank in many NATO-Armed forces (Rangcode OF-7). 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 Viceadmiral, often called simply Herr Admiral for short.

Rank insignias Generalleutnant / Vizeadmiral (OF-7)
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 Border troops Flag of warships of VM (East Germany).svg Volksmarine
OF-8 Generalleutnant.png OF-8 Vizeadmiral.png OF-8 Vizeadmiral VM, Ärmelstreifen.png
Generalleutnant Vizeadmiral

Generalleutnant of the Wehrmacht

Generalleutnant was in the German Reich, and Nazi Germany the second lowest general officer rank, comparable to the two-star rank in many NATO-Armed forces (Rangcode OF-7). It was equivalent to Vizeadmiral in the Kriegsmarine, and SS-Gruppenführer in the Waffen-SS until 1945.

Rank insignia Generalleutnant/ Vizeadmiral
Branch German Army Luftwaffe Waffen-SS Kriegsmarine
Collar Collar tabs for the Generals of the Heer.svg Luftwaffe collar tabs Generalmajor 3D.svg SS-Gruppenführer Collar Rank.svg None
Shoulder WMacht H OF7 GenLt h 1945.svg Luftwaffe epaulette Generalleutnant.svg SS-Gruppenführer h.svg Kriegsmarine epaulette Vizeadmiral.svg
Sleeve GenLt Gruf OF7 cam slv 1945.svg Luftwaffe flightsuit Generalleutnant.svg GenLt Gruf OF7 cam slv 1945.svg Kriegsmarine-Vizeadmiral.svg
und Generalleutnant
der Waffen-SS
Sequence of ranks ascending

See also

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