The Info List - Brigadeführer

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([bʀiˈɡaːdə.fyːʀɐ], "brigade leader") was a paramilitary rank of the Nazi Party
Nazi Party
(NSDAP) that was used between the years of 1932 to 1945.[1] It was mainly known for its use as an SS rank. As an SA rank,[2] it was used after briefly being known as Untergruppenführer in late 1929 and 1930. The rank was first created due to an expansion of the SS and assigned to those officers in command of SS-Brigaden. In 1933, the SS-Brigaden were changed in name to SS-Abschnitte; however, the rank of Brigadeführer
remained the same. Originally, Brigadeführer
was considered the second general officer rank of the SS and ranked between Oberführer
and Gruppenführer.[3] This changed with the rise of the Waffen-SS
and the Ordnungspolizei. In both of those organizations, Brigadeführer
was the equivalent to a Generalmajor and ranked above an Oberst
in the German Army or police. The rank of Generalmajor was the equivalent of brigadier general, a one-star general in the US Army.[4] The insignia for Brigadeführer
was at first two oak leaves and a silver pip, however was changed in April 1942 to a three oak leaf design after the creation of the rank SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer.[4] Brigadeführer
in the Waffen-SS
or police also wore the shoulder insignia of a Generalmajor and were referred to as such after their SS rank (e.g. SS- Brigadeführer
und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS
und Polizei).[5]

Rank insignia

Gorget patch until April 1942 ( Allgemeine SS
Allgemeine SS
and Waffen-SS)

Gorget patches 1942-1945 ( Allgemeine SS
Allgemeine SS
and Waffen-SS)

Shoulder board (Waffen-SS)

camouflage (Waffen-SS)

Uniform colour Feldgrau

Junior Rank Oberführer SS rank
SS rank
and SA rank Brigadeführer Senior Rank Gruppenführer

See also[edit]

Corps colours (Waffen-SS) List SS-Brigadeführer Table of ranks and insignia of the Waffen-SS


^ McNab 2009, pp. 29, 30. ^ McNab (II) 2009, p. 15. ^ McNab 2009, p. 29. ^ a b Flaherty 2004, p. 148. ^ Stein 1984, pp. 297, 298 chart, 300 chart.


Flaherty, T. H. (2004) [1988]. The Third Reich: The SS. Time-Life Books, Inc. ISBN 1 84447 073 3.  McNab, Chris (2009). The SS: 1923–1945. Amber Books Ltd. ISBN 978-1-906626-49-5.  McNab (II), Chris (2009). The Third Reich. Amber Books Ltd. ISBN 978-1-906626-51-8.  Stein, George (1984) [1966]. The Waffen-SS: Hitler's Elite Guard at War 1939–1945. Cornell University Press. ISBN 0-8014-9275-0.  Yerger, Mark C. (1997). Allgemeine-SS: The Commands, Units and Leaders of the General SS. Schiffer Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-7643-0145-4. 

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