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General der Gebirgstruppe (Literally: General of the Mountain Troops) was a category of German Army three-star, a new example of the traditional German 'General der' rank introduced by the Wehrmacht in 1940, comparable to the NATO grade OF-8.

General of the Mountain Troops
General der Gebirgstruppe
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Country Nazi Germany
Service branch German Army
RankThree-star
NATO rankOF-8
Non-NATO rankO-9
Formation1940
Abolished1945
Next higher rankGeneraloberst
Next lower rankGeneralleutnant
Equivalent ranksSee list

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Rank and rank insigniaEdit

The rank was equivalent to the long established General der Kavallerie, General der Artillerie and General der Infanterie. The Wehrmacht also introduced General der Panzertruppe (armoured troops), General der Pioniere (engineers), General der Fallschirmtruppe (parachute troops) and General der Nachrichtentruppe (communications troops).

Mountain Infantry (Gebirgsjäger) Generals were identifiable by their edelweiss sleeve and cap insignia and the mountain cap (bergmütze) worn instead of the peaked cap of officers from other branches of the Wehrmacht. In October 1942 an order was issued that general officers should have gold piping around the crown of the cap to distinguish them more readily from other ranks.

Sequence of ranks ascenting
junior rank:
Generalleutnant
 

(German officer rank)
General der Gebirgstruppe

senior rank:
Generaloberst

GalleryEdit

List of officers who were General der GebirgstruppeEdit

See alsoEdit