Generalmajor is the Germanic variant of major general, used in a number of Central and Northern European countries.


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See also: Ranks and insignia of Royal Danish Army and Ranks and insignia of Royal Danish Air Force

Major general
RDAF Maj Gen.svg
Army and Air force insignia
Country Denmark
Service branch Royal Danish Army
 Royal Danish Air Force
Rank groupGeneral officer
NATO rank codeOF-7
Pay gradeM404
FormationBefore 1671
Next higher rankGeneralløjtnant
Next lower rankBrigadegeneral
Equivalent ranksKontreadmiral

Generalmajor is the second lowest general officer rank in the Royal Danish Army and Royal Danish Air Force. As a two-star rank it is the equivalent to the rank of counter admiral in the Royal Danish Navy.[2]

The rank is rated OF-7 within NATO.[3] It has the grade of M404 within the Ministry of Defence's pay structure.[4] The rank of major general is reserved for the Chief of the army and air force.[5]


On 25 May 1671, the ranks were codified, by King Christian V, with the publication of the Danish order of precedence. Here generals of the branch were placed below Lieutenant field marshal (Danish: Feltmarskal Lieutenant), and above the noble rank of Count and the military rank of Lieutenant general.[6]

As part of the Army Reform of 1867, the ranks of Major, Lieutenant colonel were removed and only a single "General" rank was kept.[7] After the 1880 reform, the general officer ranks were reintroduced.[8] Commanding generals of the 1st and 2nd General Command were made Lieutenant generals while everyone else were made Major general.[8]


The first official uniform was instituted on 29 September 1737.[9] The first few uniform designs have not survived, though they were likely red, highly ornamented coats without collar.[10] The red coat remained until 1768, when Comte de Saint-Germain instituted white uniforms for generals, these were however removed shortly after, in 1769.[11] In 1772, the first real ranks were introduced to the Danish Army; these were gold rings on the cuffs, with three for full generals, two for Lieutenant generals, and one for major generals.[12] This uniform saw a number of changes until 1785, when the cuff ranks were removed.[13]

In 1801, new uniforms were introduced for the whole army. Along with the new uniforms, epaulette ranks were introduced for officers, with generals wearing six-pointed stars on their epaulettes.[14][5] The general ranks remained largely unchanged from their introduction until 1979, and the adoption of NATO STANAG 2116.[5] The adoption created the new rank of Brigadier general, which would receive the one star, meaning the major general would receive two stars.[5]

Rank insignia


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Major general
HD H 62 Generalmajor.svg
LD B 62 Generalmajor.svg
Army and Air Force insignia
Country Germany
Service branch
Bundeswehr Logo Heer with lettering.svg
German Army
Bundeswehr Logo Luftwaffe with lettering.svg
German Air Force
NATO rank codeOF-7
Non-NATO rankO-8
Next higher rankGeneralleutnant
Next lower rankBrigadegeneral
Equivalent ranksKonteradmiral

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.

Generalmajor in modern Germany

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.

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

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

(German officer rank)

senior rank:

Generalmajor in East Germany

Generalmajor 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 (GDR Navy) was the Konteradmiral, often called simply Herr Admiral for short.

Junior rank
Flag of NVA (East Germany).svg

National People's Army rank
Senior rank
Rank insignias Generalmajor / Konteradmiral (OF-6)
Emblem Stasi.svg
Emblem of the Ground Forces of NVA (East Germany).svg
Land forces
Emblem of aircraft of NVA (East Germany).svg
Air Force
Vehicle roundel of Border Troops of GDR.svg
GDR Border troops
Flag of warships of VM (East Germany).svg
OF-7 Generalmajor.png
GDR AF OF6MajGen Fly-suit.JPG
GDR Border Troops OF6 Generalmajor.gif
OF-7 Konteradmiral.png
OF-7 Konteradmiral VM, Ärmelstreifen.png
Generalmajor Konteradmiral

Generalmajor of the Wehrmacht

Generalmajor 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.

Rank insignia Generalmajor / Konteradmiral
Branch German Army Luftwaffe Waffen-SS Kriegsmarine
Collar tabs for the Generals of the Heer.svg
Luftwaffe collar tabs Generalmajor 3D.svg
SS-Brigadeführer Collar Rank.svg
WMacht H OF6 GenMaj h 1945.svg
Luftwaffe epaulette Generalmajor.svg
SS-Brigadeführer h.svg
Kriegsmarine epaulette Konteradmiral.svg
GenMaj Brif OF6 cam slv 1945.svg
Luftwaffe flightsuit Generalmajor.svg
GenMaj Brif OF6 cam slv 1945.svg
und Generalmajor
der Waffen-SS
Sequence of ranks ascending
Junior rank:

(German officer rank)

Senior rank:


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See also


  1. ^ Mygind, A. (1999). Den landmilitære embedsetat og centraladministratio (1763 - 1848) (in Danish). Forsvarets Arkiver. p. 9. Retrieved 16 May 2022.
  2. ^ STANAG 2116, p. B-2.
  3. ^ STANAG 2116, p. A-2.
  4. ^ Ministry of Defence 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d Hedegaard 1986.
  6. ^ 2017.
  7. ^ Klint 1965, p. 8.
  8. ^ a b Ministry of War 1880, p. 35.
  9. ^ Petersen 2014, p. 31.
  10. ^ Petersen 2014, pp. 31–32.
  11. ^ Petersen 2014, p. 36.
  12. ^ Petersen 2014, p. 39.
  13. ^ Petersen 2014, p. 41.
  14. ^ Petersen 2014, p. 42.