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Generalmajor
Army and Air Force insignia
Country Germany
Service branch
German Army
German Air Force
AbbreviationGenMaj
RankTwo-star
NATO rank codeOF-7
Non-NATO rankO-8
Formation1956
Next higher rankGeneralleutnant
Next lower rankBrigadegeneral
Equivalent ranksKonteradmiral

Generalmajor, short GenMaj (English: major general), is a general officer rank in many countries, and is identical to and translated as major general.

It is the third-highest general officer rank in the German Army (Heer) and German Air Force (Luftwaffe). This rank is also used in the Austrian Armed Forces, but is abbreviated as GenMjr.

Historically, German Army ranks for its generals prior to 1945 were offset by one from those of most other major European armies. Thus, prior to 1945, the Generalmajor rank in the German Army was equivalent to the brigadier general rank in other armies, and so forth.

Rank

The rank is rated OF-7 in NATO, and is grade B7 in the pay rules of the Federal Ministry of Defence. It is equivalent to Konteradmiral in the German Navy (Marine) or to Generalstabsarzt, and Admiralstabsarzt in the Zentraler Sanitätsdienst der Bundeswehr.

Rank insignia

On the shoulder straps (Heer, Luftwaffe) there are two golden pips (stars) in golden oak leaves.

Heer Luftwaffe ... to service uniform
  • Generalmajor(field suit)
    Generalmajor
    (field suit)
  • Generalmajor(retired)
    Generalmajor
    (retired)
  • General-stabsarzt(dental medicine)
    General-stabsarzt
    (dental medicine)
Bundeswehr sequence of ranks ascending
junior rank:
Brigadegeneral

(German officer rank)
Generalmajor

senior rank:
Generalleutnant

Generalmajor in East Germany

Generalmajor (en: major 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 lowest general officer rank, comparable to the one-star rank in many NATO-Armed forces (Rangcode OF-6). 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 Konteradmiral, often called simply Herr Admiral for short.

For the use of this one-star rank in modern NATO armed forces, see brigadier general.
Junior rank
Oberst

National People's Army rank
Generalmajor
(Konteradmiral)
Senior rank
Generalleutnant
Rank insignias Generalmajor / Konteradmiral (OF-6)
Stasi
Land forces
Air Force
GDR Border troops
Volksmarine
Generalmajor Konteradmiral
See also
Ranks of the National People's Army

Generalmajor of the Wehrmacht

Generalmajor (English: major general) was in the German Reich, and Nazi Germany the lowest general officer rank, comparable to the one-star rank in many NATO-Armed forces (Rangcode OF-6). It was equivalent to Konteradmiral in the Kriegsmarine, and SS-Brigadeführer in the Waffen-SS until 1945.

For the use of this one-star rank in modern NATO armed forces, see brigadier general.
Rank insignia Generalmajor / Konteradmiral
Branch German Army Luftwaffe Waffen-SS Kriegsmarine
Collar
None
Shoulder
Sleeve
Rank
designation
Generalmajor
SS-Brigadeführer
und Generalmajor
der Waffen-SS
Konteradmiral
Sequence of ranks ascending
Junior rank:
Oberst

(German officer rank)
Generalmajor

Senior rank:
Generalleutnant

See also