Generalleutnant

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

Generalleutnant
HD H 63 Generalleutnant.svg LD B 63 Generalleutnant.svg
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
RankThree-star
NATO rankOF-8
Non-NATO rankO-9
Formation1956
Next higher rankGeneral
Next lower rankGeneralmajor
Equivalent ranksVizeadmiral

RankEdit

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
junior rank:
Generalmajor
   

(German officer rank)
Generalleutnant

senior rank:
General (Germany)

Generalleutnant in East GermanyEdit

Generalleutnant (en: lieutenant 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 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.

For the use of this two-star rank in modern NATO armed forces, see major general.
Junior Rank
Generalmajor
 
National People's Army rank
Generalleutnant
(Viceadmiral)
Senior Rank
Generaloberst
Rank insignias Generalleutnant / Viceadmiral (OF-7)
  Stasi   Land forces   Air Force   Border troops   Volksmarine
     
Generalleutnant Vizeadmiral
See also
Ranks of the National People's Army

Generalleutnant of the WehrmachtEdit

Generalleutnant (en: lieutenant general) 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 Viceadmiral in the Kriegsmarine, and SS-Gruppenführer in the Waffen-SS until 1945.

For the use of this one-star rank in modern NATO armed forces, see major general.
Rank insignia Generalleutnant/ Vizeadmiral
Branch German Army Luftwaffe Waffen-SS Kriegsmarine
Collar       None
Shoulder        
Sleeve        
Rank
designation
Generalleutnant
SS-Gruppenführer
und Generalleutnant
der Waffen-SS
Vizeadmiral
Sequence of ranks ascenting
junior rank:
Generalmajor
 

(German officer rank)
Generalleutnant

senior rank:
General of the branch

See alsoEdit