Ranks of the Waffen-SS

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3 жыл бұрын

A short video describing the military ranks of the Waffen-SS.
The following references were used in part in researching this video:
Lexicon der Wehrmacht
Waffen SS (Men at Arms Series) (1st edition)
The Waffen SS (Men at Arms no. 034) (revised edition)

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Peter Kröger
Peter Kröger 2 жыл бұрын
My Grandpa was the "spieß" of a artillery battery in the Leibstandarte. He spent 5 years in a Russian POW-camp for it. When Germany founded the Bundeswehr he was asked to join as an instructor, but my Grandma did not want him to go into another war again. So he didn't join.
MrRedsjack 2 жыл бұрын
If your story is true your father never received any army pension or veteran benefits as all SS pensions and benefits were taken away from the vets and given by the new German government in comoensation to jewish people. Did your grandpa ever mentioned that?
Peter Kröger
Peter Kröger 2 жыл бұрын
@MrRedsjack Could be. I can't ask him anymore.
MrRedsjack 2 жыл бұрын
@Peter Kröger i have a lot of questions that i would like to ask my grandfather too. He was an Italian of German descent living at walking distance from the austrian border in an area that used to be part Austria until 1918. I never knew he worked with the Germans until i found a framed photo of him with a german air force general proudly standing behind some plane engines somewhere in germany. My understanding was that he was with the italian/german united front until 1943 as a front line engineer in greece and africa. Than no more info besides that photo. That photo must have meant a lot to him as it was one of the very few framed photos i found in his house. I know he was quite skilled with engines and after the war he had a workshop until he returned to his pre-war job as a carabiniere ( civilian police force in peace time but under the purview of the army and a deployable unit in war). Still many questions remain unanswered, what did he do with the Germans and what was so important about those engines i do not know. At the very end of the war after heavy bombardments it is my understanding that most people left the area and tried to return home. From another document from 1945 he appears to have joined a "green" partisan force in italy during the last few months of the conflict. By 1945 in italy there were red and green partisans (with communist and democratic alignment respectively) and they were in open conflict. Just because of those few months he was awarded a partisan pension after the war. The only information about his time with the partisans was another document, a type of commendation, for carrying a couple wounded people to the hospital with a stretcher trough a mountain pass.
dorcolac88 2 жыл бұрын
My grandfather was in the Partisans (communists), in 1942 at the age of 17 he was captured and sent to a camp in Naples, he was not shot just because he was a minor, in 1943 he was released from the Americans who liberated Italy. There he married an Italian and he had a daughter with her, however in 1944 he had to return to take part in the liberation of the country from the occupiers, the whole family took part in the war and they were members of the communist party and if he had not returned they would have declared him a traitor. When he got drunk, he liked to sing Canzone Napoletana, which he learned in Italy
Mike Forester
Mike Forester 2 жыл бұрын
My maternal grandfather served as Obersturmführer (his last rank) of the artillery recon-squad of a motorized field howitzer battery in 1. SS-Pz.Artillerie Regiment "Leibstandarte" on both the eastern front and the invasion front in Normandy where he received his 2nd injury and went into captivity while recuperating in Garmisch-Patenkirchen. Do you know which battery yours served in? Mine lead the Beobachtungstrupp of 7. sFH Batterie as UStf. between 1943 - summer 1944 when he was injured. Raising our family in GDR he never spoke a word about the war to his daughters. I had to inquire at the Deutsche Dienststelle WASt. in order to find out his service record.
Daniel 3 жыл бұрын
Finally I get to know the Waffen-SS Ranks. I sometimes get confused with the ranks and insignia. Thanks for the help man. I appreciated it. Keep doing more videos like this.
Richard Lahan
Richard Lahan Ай бұрын
The insignia and rank titles for concentration camp guards were totally different than Waffen SS and General SS ranks.
War Criminal
War Criminal 26 күн бұрын
@Richard Lahan No they weren't lol only difference was the general ranks where the Waffen only had the wehrmacht general rank infront of the SS general rank
Richard Lahan
Richard Lahan 26 күн бұрын
@War Criminal Female members of the SS Gefogle had a different rank structure. Male members of the SS VT did not. I should have specified.
Maxwell 2 жыл бұрын
Normally when native English speakers speak German it’s a real pain in the ass for germans but he actually nailed it
Steffen Rosmus
Steffen Rosmus Жыл бұрын
Not complete it is not pronounced "Woffen EsEs"but "Waffen Es Es"
*DaV!D* Жыл бұрын
@Steffen Rosmus No, not pronounced like the V. The moderator did a good job in pronouncing German. It's ok.
Neel Beke
Neel Beke Жыл бұрын
I love German, especially these kind of words/ranks. One will have a better (or less noticeable) accent than the other. In German I think it's mostly important you can speak the R right, bit same like in French. I'm Dutch btw so German is not so much different in many words.
Julius Dream
Julius Dream Жыл бұрын
Not really Deutsch is not that hard but I guess it depends on the person.
Don Love
Don Love Жыл бұрын
Just when Germans speak English..
Savchenkov1 2 жыл бұрын
Long before the days of internet & KZhome, it took years to get your head around the German military rank and insignia, pouring over library books. You put together one branch of service in just over eight minutes. Invaluable for the novice !
Melvin Mayfield
Melvin Mayfield 10 ай бұрын
Da! Da! Comrade! :)
Hauptmann Joachim Totenkopf
Hauptmann Joachim Totenkopf 3 жыл бұрын
*Wow! Amazing video!* It's hard to believe that such concise information on this topic cannot be found anywhere else on the entire internet (despite being something that arguably should be fairly easy to find, given how well-known/studied WW2 is). I know that I have searched for a clear & thorough explanation on this topic, and had found nothing besides incomplete & contradictory information, and I know that I'm not alone on this. However, that was until I found this GEM of a video. Never before has such a complex topic been offered in a single video/explanation, yet explained with so much attention detail & historical accuracy, without being convoluted or too confusing to follow. Great work man! I can't even begin to say how many times I've endlessly tried searching through hundreds of Wikipedia pages & "historical" sources, & in the end just given up because I either couldn't find a full explanation that covered everything, or became confused & given up due to contradictory answers & people confusing & not even knowing the difference between something as simple as the Waffen-SS & the General-SS (SS-Allgemeine)... *So seriously dude, keep up the good work!!! You're honestly doing God's work!* Producing videos that have never been covered before despite being heavily requested by countless history enthusiasts.
Daniel Sterling
Daniel Sterling 2 жыл бұрын
They want to bury truth and history my friend
I have studied the 2nd world war for some time since I was young, especially focusing on the German side of things and I have to say I am subscribed for life. Very informative and well done good sir. 👍
William Woods
William Woods 3 жыл бұрын
Fantastic video!!! Your attention to detail can not be understated, Is great to see someone make such informative and interesting content about the various branches, uniforms and divisions. Keep up the great work Kamerad!!! P.S. just out of curiosity are you also involved in ww2 german renacting?
Jeremy Wells
Jeremy Wells 2 жыл бұрын
Most times you see mentions of german ranks in history books the writer tries to make equivalents to British or US ranks, but these videos are increasingly showing that’s impossible to do in ww2 Also I love the completely made up ranks at the end like “Panzerkaptain” and “unterleutnant”
Britta Kriep
Britta Kriep 2 жыл бұрын
Up to 30years war, military language in Germany was german. But afterwards , many military words became french, because this was the international language of this time. So Haufen, Fähnlein,Rotte as words for units dissapeared, and Kompagnie or Bataillon appeared. Same with ranks, for some time Feldweibel ( Sergeant), Hauptmann ( Capitaine) or Oberst ( Colonel) dissapeared. So i think, it was simply tried to use ranks with no frech influenced names.
Leonard Cummins
Leonard Cummins 3 жыл бұрын
Very interesting and informative, thank you. Can you do the Kriegsmarine next?
Aarush Жыл бұрын
when u realize the 2 lines on your grandpa's helmet didn't mean he was an electrician.
The Random Guy
The Random Guy 3 ай бұрын
Aku 3 жыл бұрын
Thank you very much! These videos help me with painting the right insignias etc for models.
Hsutheguard 3 жыл бұрын
Nice, can't wait to see more allies rank/uniform evolution
Maxwell Aerial Photography
Maxwell Aerial Photography 3 жыл бұрын
I had always wondered why Helstrom in Inglorious Basterds was referred to as Major in English but Sturmbannfuhrer in German. The more I know.
Anti Antifa
Anti Antifa 3 жыл бұрын
That movie is so bad.
Mr. S.
Mr. S. 3 жыл бұрын
Also in German by the German actress/spy in the bar scene. Don't take my word for it, but I believe it wasn't uncommon for civilians to refer to people in the SS by the ranks that they would've had in the army, probably because the SS ranks were relatively new, while the army ranks had existed for a long time, hence a Sturmbannführer might've been addressed as herr Major.
RFFSA 4137-1D
RFFSA 4137-1D 2 жыл бұрын
@Mr. S. *look at Michael Wittmann interview and you will find out*
Mr. S.
Mr. S. 2 жыл бұрын
@RFFSA 4137-1D It's an interview, so of course the interviewer addresses him correctly.
Michael 2 жыл бұрын
@Mr. S. Since the Nazi Ideology was exactly that - an Ideology they offered basically a whole way of looking at the world. That Includes new Words, new customs (like for example while you address a Guy from the Wehrmacht by “Herr, Rank, Name,” and in the SS it was “Rank, Name” (usually without the Lastname for both)) and even some form of quasi religion. Since the SS was so closely related to the party they did a lot differently than the “elitist” Wehrmacht. The SS Man was meant to be a political Soldier even before they actually became Soldiers.
fritzVirginSteeler 3 жыл бұрын
I think that the comic book ranks were made to sound immediately understandable to an english speaking young public. Have you notice how the comics omit the use of the "Herr" though?
Britta Kriep
Britta Kriep 3 жыл бұрын
I am german. In the neighbor village there lived a veteran of wwll, who had the nickname ,Jentz Major'. A Major of another Regiment asked the man , What's your name? ' The young recruit wanted to say ,My name is Jentz, Herr Major!' , but said ,My name is Jentz Major!'.
Gerald Ramirez
Gerald Ramirez 3 жыл бұрын
SS-Mann sounds like the name of a superhero in some Nazi Party sponsored comic book series
B. M
B. M 3 жыл бұрын
Reminds me of the Nazi superhero in the Wolfenstein universe (a game) he´s called Blitzmensch (Lightning human)
Moos Wikinger
Moos Wikinger 3 жыл бұрын
Steve Kaczynski
Steve Kaczynski 3 жыл бұрын
In V for Vendetta, Storm Saxon was a state-approved superhero on TV.
Fiutello Teletombola
Fiutello Teletombola 3 жыл бұрын
To millions of dead people and lucky ones that survived it will forever sound like the name of mass murderers
Number 99
Number 99 2 жыл бұрын
Haha Supersuperman
xisotopex 10 ай бұрын
great camo shots and shows how the Germans liked to keep their hair long, at least on top.... a US medic from the time said that it was made more difficult to asses and treat headwounds on German POW's due to how long they had their hair....
nerdragexx 2 жыл бұрын
2:49 u made a mistake my friend, germans were not the only ones wearing the ss on collar. Only few divisions replaced the SS on collar to something else. At that frame for example you show a picture of an finnish ss volunteer in 1943 when they came back to Finland for 1 month holiday from the fighting
joachim Andreassen
joachim Andreassen 10 ай бұрын
The no ss Runes on the collar for non Germans didnt last long(at least for the Norwegians. Most of the pictures ive found of Norwegians has been with ss Runes and not the Lion.
FreeBird0964 2 жыл бұрын
Fun fact: The Soviet film "Come and See" actually used non replica SS uniforms. They actually used exhibits.
Lee Donaldson
Lee Donaldson 2 жыл бұрын
That is a hard movie to watch...
FreeBird0964 2 жыл бұрын
@Lee Donaldson same. It was indeed a horror film
Lee Donaldson
Lee Donaldson 2 жыл бұрын
@FreeBird0964 I could'nt watch it again.
Lee Donaldson
Lee Donaldson 2 жыл бұрын
Horatio Nelson Karma eventually caught up with the Dirlewanger Brigade. After their murderous exploits, towards the end of the war they were deployed as fighting troops to stem the Russian advance. But the Dirlewanger Brigade had very little experience in combat against experienced soldiers and consequently suffered many casualties and defeats.
Joshua Alamos
Joshua Alamos Жыл бұрын
🤔I always wondered about the Insignia significance of SS and Nazi Elite. Their uniform collars and Hitler's following focused much on "Vril the Coming Race" and Egyptian Pyramids on the right and the 2 lightning ⚡⚡ bolts SS adopted on the left (their inverse). Officers with 3 or 4 Pyramids (Rank Stars) always made me wonder, atleast I thought they were officers and not NCO's. Good info. Thanks. You see alot of films lately about how many people had to use their uniforms to blend in doing counter insurgency. Inglorious Bastards for instance. OVERLORD recently came out in the past few years and made me think alot about the Nazi Occultists. Which tied into Hitler's favorite book (VTCR). Explaining alot about his campagns over Europe and Africa. Not to mention his trips to Tibet. They even start experimenting on their own people. Then the following of films that made you look at someone funny who is wearing a pinstripe and Oliver people glasses. Then Masonry, the new generation Nazi's being that they sprung from Europe/UK which was over run with Germans. Even have a picture of Queen Elizabeth the Second as a child throwing up the Nazi salute. Same time frame of Hitler meeting the Pope's of the Vatican. They were into everything. Like Watching the Sith change to the evil galactic empire then change to the first order. Palpatine:"Did you ever hear of the Tragedy of Darth Plagues the Wise"... Me:"Did you ever hear of the Ottoman Empire vs Drakula"? kzhome.info/crone/yZ9mr113mJqZo3k/bejne
thilgu 3 жыл бұрын
Great job. I have found this confusing for years. Because it is paralel with Wehrmacht but somehow different.
Brent Defoe
Brent Defoe 3 жыл бұрын
Amazing video, thanks for the time you put in Brüder it shows. Entertaining!
Music Gov
Music Gov 11 ай бұрын
My Great Grandfather was a obersturmführer in the SS, I know very little about him my grandma showed me a picture of him. his name is Helmuth, I really should ask more about him, but I know it's a sensitive topic for her.
Zisis 4 ай бұрын
Yes it is …
Alba Gu'Brath
Alba Gu'Brath 3 ай бұрын
Ask while you can, it might be impossible to find out anything at all once she's gone 😔
Angry Panda
Angry Panda 28 күн бұрын
@Alba Gu'Brath probaly for the better… Not all of of the family history have to be transfered to the next generation.
LORD D. #2
LORD D. #2 Жыл бұрын
Imagine being an SS General Officer, and you deserted to another place. They would arrest you by executing you (the time Peter Högl shot Hermann Fegelein).
John Rodriguez: USMC and US Army Veteran 🇺🇸
John Rodriguez: USMC and US Army Veteran 🇺🇸 3 ай бұрын
A well researched, intellectual and rather edifying and even entertaining Video featuring the Waffen -SS , Armed or Military SchutzStaffel, as a Separate Branch of Service within the Whermacht of the Nazi German Armed Forces, during World War II. Well Done and Bravo Zulu, Young Man, from this Prior Service USMC and US Army Veteran!!🇺🇸🇺🇲🪖💣💥🔥🕊️⚔️🛡️🇺🇸🇺🇲
Jari Pitkanen
Jari Pitkanen 3 жыл бұрын
Thank You for your great video. That's very interesting but you should get to know Scandinavia in more detail, especially the situation in Finland in the colors of the map. (0:50)
HandGrenadeDivision 3 жыл бұрын
It's not a situation map. It's colour coded only to show the relative definitions of "east", "west", and "south". Finland was always in the 'east' even after they changed sides. The map is not an attempt to display precise deployments or position of the front line.
Jarkko Mäkelä
Jarkko Mäkelä 3 жыл бұрын
@HandGrenadeDivision Hi, thanks for the video, and the channel. But relative definitions according to who? We finns have never considered us eastern europeans. Never.
HandGrenadeDivision 3 жыл бұрын
@Jarkko Mäkelä According to the Germans, who considered Finland part of the Eastern Front.
Michael 2 жыл бұрын
Sturm - as in the Sturmbannführer should not be translated into Assault since it stems from SA (Sturm Abteilung, Sturm Staffel ). In the SS it was used more like a quantitive unit (dozens, pack of wolves), thats why you will read alot about SA / SS Stürme in original Sources.
HandGrenadeDivision 2 жыл бұрын
Some operators in special forces units in Canada today are officially termed "assaulters" which seems consistent with the use of Stürme to refer collectively. But your point is taken and why I insisted in the video on German Army ranks that it is usually foolish to try and assign 'equivalencies' in terms of ranks and titles. www.canada.ca/en/special-operations-forces-command/corporate/job-opportunities/types-jobs.html
Michael 2 жыл бұрын
@HandGrenadeDivision It's tricky - a lot of these Terms you simply can't translate (Volkssturm = means basically a Sturm (!) consisting of the people, in this case the term Sturm is used in a broader way, more generally as in a force). One has to remember that the Nazis used some terms especially to differentiate themselves from the former Weimar Republic etc and People got used to it over time - most German native speakers won't have any Idea today what most of these Terms meant. I think the best solution is using the original name and ad some description (like a pack of wolves or a flock of ...).
T S Birkby
T S Birkby 3 жыл бұрын
Great clarification of a confusing rank structure
Alex Vermaak
Alex Vermaak Жыл бұрын
Its only confusing if its foreign to you, to me the American rank structure is pretty confusing.
Caesar Augustus
Caesar Augustus 3 жыл бұрын
Wasn’t Leon Degrelle (a famous SS soldier/commander who became like a son to Hitler) of Belgian/Wallonien descent and yet he is always seen with the SS runes on his collar? Was an exception made for him due to his warm relationship with Hitler?
Christian Protten Uldrich
Christian Protten Uldrich 3 жыл бұрын
He was first in the wermartch then got promoted to the SS in 1943 I think, even after the war he was very dedicated to Nazism and degrelle just was Hitlers puppet nothing else 😊
thilgu 3 жыл бұрын
@Christian Protten Uldrich Read his book on the Eastern Front. Degrelle has more courage and bravery in his thumb than most millenials nowadays.
Christian Protten Uldrich
Christian Protten Uldrich 3 жыл бұрын
@thilgu I had and I also listened to his interview yes he was was brave and always spoke with his chest up but he was an soldier wasn't he..? That how he is supposed to be like Leon degrelle was always an fascist even as an Catholic and simple politician.
HandGrenadeDivision 3 жыл бұрын
I think veterans of the Second World War - on either side - would tell you they weren't specifically fighting for a better world, but would not mind at all if that was the result of it. Part of that better world will naturally include less of a tendency to resolve conflicts with violence. I wouldn't be quick to condemn millennials for embracing that vision of the world - arguably that was what the war was ultimately for.
Tommy Lee Farmer
Tommy Lee Farmer Жыл бұрын
@thilgu 91% of the American armed forces today are millennials. 100% of the American armed forces are volunteers. I will give you the benefit of of the doubt that you are not American and that you are talking about the millennials in your country. As for me, I have nothing but respect for the courage and bravery of the millennial American armed forces.
2 жыл бұрын
I just came here to listen if he butchers my language. But he pronounces it surprisingly good. Fun fact: The SS runes are the reason why the band KISS could'nt use their original logo in germany. It is prohibited by law to use SS symbols. They made a new design especially for german albums.
Anthony Hayes
Anthony Hayes 2 жыл бұрын
The rule applies in Israel as well
Benedicto Torrecampo
Benedicto Torrecampo 2 жыл бұрын
can u talk about their distinct training, and nutrition?
Brigadier general hennessy
Brigadier general hennessy 2 жыл бұрын
You should do a video on officers uniforms covering the waffen ss and the army’s officer uniforms, like the German army uniform video.
Marion 2 жыл бұрын
what software do you use for making the drawings?
Captain America
Captain America 2 жыл бұрын
I have always wondered, was a SS soldier of the same rank as a member of the Heer considered higher in rank or were they considered equal?
ObiWAANKenobi 44
ObiWAANKenobi 44 Жыл бұрын
Equal, and in some cases the SS man was considered lower due to the Heer having much more experience (plus, the Waffen-SS were subordinate to the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht).
Debra Kleid
Debra Kleid 2 жыл бұрын
You need to carry a guide with you there are so many ranks it’s crazy. Ranks in the US for enlisted and officers are a piece of cake compared to this!
O.H Жыл бұрын
For some reason, unlike other foreign volunteers, Finnish, Swiss, Danish and Swedish volunteers were allowed to wear "ss" sings in their collars.
Obvious pseudonym
Obvious pseudonym Жыл бұрын
I believe permission to wear the SS runes collar tabs was given to members of the Germanic foreign Waffen SS units, whereas foreigners with no ethnic ties to Germany were given their own collar tabs that did not bear the SS runes. Note I only remember reading this somewhere and haven't studied the subject of Waffen SS foreign volunteers for a while. The KZhomer "WWII History and Reenacting" has his primary impression as a Norwegian volunteer in the Waffen-SS Nordland division, regiment "Norge." The men in his reenacting unit wear the SS runes collar tabs as well as a Norwegian shield insignia on the sleeve. He's the best source on KZhome I have found for history of the Norwegian volunteers. Might want to check him out if the subject interests you.
mahyar qezelly
mahyar qezelly 6 ай бұрын
During the reign of Reza Shah Pahlavi, Iranian army employed German military equipment and uniforms, Imperial Iran and Nazi Germany had very good relationships.
San Ten Chan youtuber popolare famoso  nel mondo
San Ten Chan youtuber popolare famoso nel mondo Жыл бұрын
*Very interesting indeed!*
timothy roome-traut
timothy roome-traut 4 ай бұрын
Very well done content
David Xu
David Xu 2 жыл бұрын
Do a video on the various camos of both wehrmacht and ss please
Alex Fish
Alex Fish 3 жыл бұрын
Hey herr Granate, can you make a video about the RSHA insignia? There is something I don't under stand about it, like why some SD members wore police rank insignia. Also in 7:24 someone messed it up, the left chevron is the Chevron of the Old Guard, and the one on the right is the former police and army service chevron
The Flying Pig
The Flying Pig 2 жыл бұрын
“Schar” is a Squad. It’s the old word from WW1 used to describe a stormtrooper squad.
Don Frandsen
Don Frandsen 2 жыл бұрын
Very well done !! On a very important and sinister organization Bravo !!
RavetsU Жыл бұрын
They do have pretty damn clean uniforms not gonna lie.
Matthew Garrity
Matthew Garrity Жыл бұрын
Props to you for using my man, Obersturmbannführer Max Seela as refference for the AKW.🙌🏻
Nick Tozie
Nick Tozie Ай бұрын
Great info, thanks for awesome pics.
Col William NOYDB
Col William NOYDB Жыл бұрын
6 uncles that served in WW2. The German side had 1 U boat commander, 2 were Waffen SS Panzer officers. When I met them back in the early 70's, they were still cocky and proud of what they did.
Ravan Pee
Ravan Pee 14 күн бұрын
Why should a U boat commander not proud to serve in the most dangerous unit and still survive. I bet the US soldiers on the other side are also proud of themselves
HighJumpStudios 3 жыл бұрын
When I subscribed, I was under the mistaken impression that these videos might come every few months, but apparently NOT! I shan't complain though.
Speedy Sphincter
Speedy Sphincter 3 жыл бұрын
Probably uploading more because of quarantine
HandGrenadeDivision 3 жыл бұрын
No quarantine here at present, just found time to get this one produced.
Speedy Sphincter
Speedy Sphincter 3 жыл бұрын
@HandGrenadeDivision That makes sense then, be careful still! could you do the other branches of the Wehrmacht? Like the luftwaffe and the kriegsmarine?
BigDaddyMacc 2 жыл бұрын
@HandGrenadeDivision your videos are 10/10
Xatan 3 жыл бұрын
Another brilliant video. Great job. Mildly unrelated question. Did the German winter uniforms differ from year to year? For example were the soldiers at rzhev or Stalingrad wearing the same uniform or similar uniforms as the ones who fought in the Ardennes or in the Italian alps or earlier in 39-40? Cheers.
HandGrenadeDivision 3 жыл бұрын
There were no specialized winter uniforms early in the war, which was a sticking point the first winter in the Soviet Union. Just the usual wool greatcoat. There may have been some specialized items like sentry coats or boots, but nothing for fighting in. The winteranzug, reversible parka and overtrousers, were introduced the second winter of the Eastern campaign (1942-43). They were issued originally in mouse grey reversible to white and later in various camouflage patterns. The SS also had specialized winter clothing of their own. But I believe the basic parka and over-trousers stayed the same pattern to the end of the war. Not everyone got or used them either, and the greatcoat was used throughout the war. These too changed, notably wool content but also pattern, with the collar getting larger, the pockets changing etc.
Xatan 3 жыл бұрын
@HandGrenadeDivision damn, so the poor bastards had nothing to protect themselves with, in the winter of 41-42 which was arguably the coldest winter of the whole war.
notfloppy 3 жыл бұрын
In 1942 a 30 year old german by the name of Josef Neckermann was tasked with designing a new winter uniform for the Wehrmacht to prevent disasters like in 1941. His jacket proved to be very efficient and was produced, in different variants, throughout the rest of the war and its said that his jacket probably saved thousands of soldiers from freezing to death. After the war he founded a company which went on to become the most important german mail order company.
altson1tez Жыл бұрын
I'd like a video on the SS Allgemeine.
Rosalinda Herrera
Rosalinda Herrera 3 жыл бұрын
Would you consider doing Bundesgrenzshutz ranks?
Melvin Mayfield
Melvin Mayfield 10 ай бұрын
Well Done, Herr Professor Documentarian! :)
Einverstanden369 Жыл бұрын
My grandfather on my father s side plus my great grandfather on mother's side were medics in the Wehrmacht and they were both involved in Operation Barbarosa and Both spent time in the gulag Russian POW camps and the Russians didn't release them until five years have passed after the war..
Danil Жыл бұрын
Радуйся, что не заперли их навсегда
zaxxxppe 3 жыл бұрын
Good video and well explained. Greetings from Bosnia
Australian Photographer
Australian Photographer 2 жыл бұрын
Could you do this but of the WW2 Luftwaffe please?
Jef Novotni Melkersson
Jef Novotni Melkersson 3 жыл бұрын
Danish SS volunteers wore SS collar insignia, so apparently some non-German units were exempt from these rules?
Konstantinos Nikolakakis
Konstantinos Nikolakakis 3 жыл бұрын
It could be that Danish and Norwegian SS men were allowed to wear SS collar insignia, because they are Germanic, and as such, considered racially superior to non Germanic SS troops, though don’t quote me on that.
ChickenSoup 3 жыл бұрын
I’m also pretty sure that the Italian SS had regular collar tabs. However overall it might be depending on what was available at the time. Also if the collar tabs weren’t reflecting the country of origin other insignia or a cuff title would
Viha Voittamaton
Viha Voittamaton 3 жыл бұрын
They served in Wiking Division which had the ordinary SS collar tabs. Finnish SS volunteers also had the same SS collars although not being Germanic
Josef Mengele
Josef Mengele 3 жыл бұрын
Viha Voittamaton also the Wallonie divition and many Spanish volunteers fought there and all them use The SS collar !!
Josef Mengele
Josef Mengele 3 жыл бұрын
Im in disagree about Non Germans Cant use SS collar rank thats wrong ! Thats apply only on the first Years , but passing the time they allowed ! They were French volunteers with the SS collar fighting in Berlin also the Wallonie Divition that even Had Spanish Volunteers Using SS Collars also the italian at the First they wear the SS collar in red but as they prove their bravery they wear it in black !
Noa Eleonore
Noa Eleonore 3 жыл бұрын
passionating video, absolutely amazing. What about making a video about female uniforms? DRK, Luftwaffe, perhaps Wehrmacht?
Visionist 3 жыл бұрын
Did the League Of German Girls have ranks?
Noa Eleonore
Noa Eleonore 3 жыл бұрын
@Visionist yeah it did. Although I couldn't find any consistent information about it on the internet. They would get separate badges and functions
Endeavour 3 жыл бұрын
I remember there was one soldier with two cuffs... One his regiment another something else like a battle he went or something
TONY MARTIN 3 жыл бұрын
yes I have seen something like this it said Crete in german I assume for the Crete campaign
MSB Hicks
MSB Hicks 3 жыл бұрын
yeah they sometimes had campaign awards in cuff title form.
apiFerrari 3 жыл бұрын
great video, thanks!
123 Kraut
123 Kraut 3 жыл бұрын
could you please make a video about the ranks of the Reichsbahn or NVA
MEM SAS 3 жыл бұрын
or NSDAP ranks
Kapitänleutnant Thomsen
Kapitänleutnant Thomsen 2 жыл бұрын
At 7:17 you see a soldier pretty well beaten and no doubt by capturing troops. My father-in-law was an American soldier. He said any German soldier in camo was considered a sniper and beaten badly before he made it to the rear to a POW camp. Any German soldier who was found wearing US boots or overcoats were also beaten or shot. Any SS man was shot immediately upon capture unless (or before) an officer could intervene.
HandGrenadeDivision 2 жыл бұрын
The soldier is from 12th SS Panzer Division, a formation that became notorious in Normandy for executing Canadian POWs. The soldier shown is from a Canadian regiment, I believe just after Operation WINDSOR and the capture of Carpiquet airfield about a month after D-Day. By this time the front had settled into a stalemate, and the Germans were no longer killing prisoners (though opportunities to actually take prisoners were probably rare at this time, also).
Kapitänleutnant Thomsen
Kapitänleutnant Thomsen 3 ай бұрын
@Alba Gu'Brath I'm sure. Every war had every participating side do the same. Pick up the book 'Citizen Soldier' by Stephen Ambrose. Great read and has a chapter on war crimes committed by the Americans, Germans, British and Canadians.
Libtardcuck Ай бұрын
@Kapitänleutnant Thomsen No one’s denying that. But the propensity of crimes by the Germans pale in comparison to that comitted by the Americans and British
Ravan Pee
Ravan Pee 14 күн бұрын
​@LibtardcuckBut the Germans were sentenced while the US soldiers didn't face any consequences for their war crimes
Chris R
Chris R 3 жыл бұрын
Great video!
A Davis
A Davis 2 жыл бұрын
Would it be correct to say the SD used the same ranking system as the Waffen-SS?
robowisan veitha sung
robowisan veitha sung 6 ай бұрын
yes, they used the exact same officer ranks
Paolo B61
Paolo B61 3 жыл бұрын
Good work! Just a precision: "standartenoberjunker" (officer candidate) wore officer uniform with piped collar patches.
HandGrenadeDivision 3 жыл бұрын
Thank you for this. Yes, and consistent with Army practice where the senior officer aspirants wore officers' collar badges.
Graham Lowe
Graham Lowe 2 жыл бұрын
you choose that tune from cross of iron, showing the brutality of the glorious wagnerian supermem.
HandGrenadeDivision 2 жыл бұрын
It's a German folk song, which was used in Cross of Iron to demonstrate how the young and innocent are always victims of war.
jane hill
jane hill 10 ай бұрын
thankyou so much for showing that field gray is an actual green colour. field gray in french is gris vert, or gray green. i cannot emphasize enough the ignorance of hollywood and the british for continually portraying german ss and army troops in gray uniforms. it is highly inaccurate. you cant believe the arguments i have over this. my father, as a member of the norwegian resistance, told me that all german army and ss units in norway wore green uniforms, not gray. again, thanks for the accuracy.
xisotopex 10 ай бұрын
do a video on German camo!
U. Z.
U. Z. 3 жыл бұрын
The Comics in the end: What's an Oberst-Kapitan? Panzerkapitan? I doubt that this exists
HandGrenadeDivision 3 жыл бұрын
Correct, they don't exist in the Waffen-SS. Kapitan was a naval rank and Gauleiter was a political rank.
Britta Kriep
Britta Kriep 2 жыл бұрын
@HandGrenadeDivision : Oberst / colonel, Captain / Kapitän in navy, Hauptmann in other branches, Ober/another word for Kellner( waiter) .
Jimmy Valhalla
Jimmy Valhalla 2 жыл бұрын
Wonderful video
Eagle Nest
Eagle Nest 2 жыл бұрын
Are ss and gestapo different in ranks?
Knowledge  Boutique
Knowledge Boutique 2 жыл бұрын
Two different branches. One is military, the other is a govt. Security agency technically. Gestapo was lead by SS officers and was subordinate to it. The most glaring connection between the two would be the SD or Sicherheitsdienst.
Reichsritter Жыл бұрын
Reichsdeutsch doesn't mean native German, the distinction Reichsdeutsch and Volksdeutsch is Imperial German and German only by blood
HandGrenadeDivision Жыл бұрын
Reichsdeutsche war die zeitgenössische, umgangssprachliche Bezeichnung der deutschen Bewohner des Deutschen Reiches von 1871 bis 1945. It seems to mean whatever many individual authors feel it means - either ethnic Germans, or ethnic Germans also living within the boundaries of Grossdeutschland.
richard hussar
richard hussar 3 жыл бұрын
Me: *sees my country mentioned in a video* Also me:"Yay!" Also also me: *realises what the video is* Once again, me: "Oh."
Quantum 3 жыл бұрын
you should be honored
Obvious pseudonym
Obvious pseudonym 2 жыл бұрын
Darius Kang Didn't Russia keep fighting in WW1 until 1917...?
Marius Koch
Marius Koch 2 жыл бұрын
Darius Kang I'm not saying that Germany has not defied the odds several times over, but you paint that picture far too simplified. For example, after Hitler took power, the economy boomed... but it didn't. Hitler thrusted the entire country into a war-economy, creating a financial bubble to finance his soon-to-be-built-army and basically threw his country into enormous debt. He knew that if he'd win 'his' war in the east, he'd have plenty of resources to steal and with it, stabilize the economy into a peacetime one. And if he'd lose the war.. well, it didn't matter anyway. There are many good books regarding the German economy and German society in general in the '30s, a must read.
richard hussar
richard hussar 2 жыл бұрын
Sometimes Blue Imagine thinking the only Germans were in the waffen ss lol
richard hussar
richard hussar 2 жыл бұрын
Darius Kang Not German though lol
russ elder
russ elder 3 жыл бұрын
very interesting.....just subbed
Mountain Man
Mountain Man 3 жыл бұрын
You ever gonna work on Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine ranks/uniforms?
Speedy Sphincter
Speedy Sphincter 3 жыл бұрын
We can only dream
paul grillo
paul grillo 2 жыл бұрын
I see America is not the only country to use the eagle.
1 2
1 2 Жыл бұрын
you say waffen perfectly!
611_hornet 3 жыл бұрын
"Chaotic governance" Thats an understatement lol.
ursus maritimus
ursus maritimus 2 жыл бұрын
Only etnic german and finnish "freiwillige" were douple lighting collars in left side.
Jim Fowler
Jim Fowler 3 жыл бұрын
Ich wußte es nicht! Jetzt verstehe ich…….vielen dank!
ProGunn3rz 2 жыл бұрын
what software do use to animate the cartoon?
Axel in Burger king
Axel in Burger king Жыл бұрын
this just doesnt hit as hard as the german army ranks did
Boy L.
Boy L. Жыл бұрын
So did waffen ss division like lets say in The Netherlands wear the SS rune and if so does that mean they had to be full german or could you also be part german and wear the SS rune
Romel Negut
Romel Negut 3 жыл бұрын
LORD D. #2
LORD D. #2 Жыл бұрын
Do: Ranks of the Luftwaffe
confamman Жыл бұрын
This is random but did Concentration camps, whether they were work camps or killing machines, were the ranks different? I was watching shutter island, and there was a commander who had four stars and SS but then I saw something I hadn’t seen till your video of unit arm bands and this guys said Dachau and maybe more but that’s all I saw.
HandGrenadeDivision Жыл бұрын
My area of interest is the military (Waffen) SS, I would imagine there are some decent books about the General (Allgemeine) SS and the various other security and camp organizations, etc. But I've never studied that aspect so I can't recommend one to you.
robert100xx Жыл бұрын
Schnerbart, "Rolf, what are we doing here" Rolf, "We are spreading our culture throughout a desperate land"...........DEMARCATION!!
Raven Knight
Raven Knight 3 жыл бұрын
"Success in the field" -well, that really wasn't universal.
Mike Forester
Mike Forester 2 жыл бұрын
Minor nitpick. Plural of "general" back then was "Generale" (no ä). The "Generäle" plural has its source from southern German and Austrian usage.
joeylawn 14 күн бұрын
7:12 There _had_ to have been at least _one_ 'Hauptmann Hauptmann' in the German military during the World Wars.... 🙃😉🤣
Robert Stallard
Robert Stallard 5 күн бұрын
I'm sure. I knew a Major Major.
Greg Smith
Greg Smith 3 жыл бұрын
You must be from Canada. I like how we in the Commonwealth say lieutenant.
Prof. Lars
Prof. Lars 3 жыл бұрын
Will we get a Uniforms video next?
Sleep loves Woble beans
Sleep loves Woble beans Жыл бұрын
5:32 my friend is the descendant of that man, that mans name is joachim rumohr. Me and my friend laugh at nazi jokes.
mikhailv67 2 жыл бұрын
Great presentation odd choice of music though.
Detox02111993 3 жыл бұрын
the intro video we can see some 12th Waffen SS Division "Hitlerjugend" men captured in Normandy by the Canadians
Daniel C
Daniel C 3 жыл бұрын
Who can see the difference between a Wing Commander and a Squadron Leader ???
HandGrenadeDivision 2 жыл бұрын
A "wing" is a specific grouping, composed of several "squadrons" which were smaller tactical groupings of aircraft. Different levels of responsibility, in other words.
Heinkle 3 жыл бұрын
End credit music takes me back to Cross of Iron
Arran Stewart
Arran Stewart 4 ай бұрын
What about Germany Airforce Ranks (ww2)
MegaSnake001 2 жыл бұрын
Nice "Hänschen klein" Music during the credits of the video!
PIERRE B 3 жыл бұрын
Gim Tomic
Gim Tomic 2 жыл бұрын
I bought the camaro SS after this 😏
jeffrey mcfadden
jeffrey mcfadden 2 жыл бұрын
The Impala SS outranked the Camaro SS,,,,,but Camaro SS outranked the dubious and non-promotable Nova SS.
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