Wehrmacht Heer & Waffen SS rank colors

Wehrmacht Heer colors

Troops, unit, appointment Caps color Example Remark
  • General officers Festungsbaupioniere, Waffenoffiziere, Feuerwerker
  • Artillery corps
  • Assault guns (Sturmgeschütze)
  • Heavy Flak
deep red
(Hochrot)
        Wehrmacht General Kragenspiegel 1945.jpg General (Wehrmacht) 4.jpg General...

(arabesque and shoulder strap)

Standarte Artillerie.svg Standard of the artillery
  • Kriegsministerium (later Oberkommando der Wehrmacht)
  • General Staff Corps Officers
  • Veterinary service
crimson
(karmesinrot)
  Chef OKW Version 1.svg Offizier im Generalstab Kolbenstickerei (Oberkommando).jpg

Offizier im Generalstab Kolbenstickerei.jpg
HufbeschlaglehrmeisterSB.jpg

  • Chef OKW until 1941
  • General Staff Corps Officers (Oberkommando)
General Staff Corps Officers (others)
  • Hufbeschlaglehrmeister (Farrier master instructor)
Field chaplains purple
(#C154C1)
    Wehrmacht Heer Militärgeistlicher 1945Kokarde.jpg
  • no example
Chemical troops

Nebelwerfers

bordeaux red
(bordo, bordeauxrot)
  Heer Oberfahnrich.jpg Standarte Nebeltruppen.svg
  • Oberfähnrich (Fahnenjunker-Oberfeldwbel)
  • Standard
  • Infantry
  • Motorized Infantry
white
(white)
  Wehrmacht Heer Leutnant insignia horizontal.png Standarte mot Infanterie.svg
  • Leutnant
  • Standard of the infantry
  • Panzertruppe bevore
  • Kraftfahrkampftruppe/Kraftfahrtruppen
rose-pink
(rosa)
  Mannschaften Epaulette Panzer.svg Standarte Panzertruppe.svg
  • Mannschaft
  • Troops standard
Signals lemon-yellow   WSP-Oberleutnant h.svg Standarte Nachrichteneinheiten.svg
  • Oberleutnant
  • Troops standard
until 1937 light-brown  
  • Cavalry
  • Armored reconnaissance units with cavalry traditions
  • Reconnaissance
golden-yellow   Hauptmann Epaulette.jpg Standarte Kavallerie.svg
  • Hauptmann
  • Troops standard
  • Military Police
  • Recruiting and replacement (Wehrersatzwesen)
orange-yellow   PSP-Abteilungsführer h.svg Kompanie Heer Feldpolizei.svg
  • Leutnant
  • Company pennant
Motorcycle infantry (Kradschützentruppe) copper-brown   Wehrmacht Heer Oberleutnant insignia horizontal.png   Oberleutnant
Panzergrenadiertroops meadow-green
(from 1943)
  Oberst Epaulette.jpg   Oberst
  • Jäger (light infantry troops [hunters])
  • Gebirgsjäger (mountain troops [mountain hunters])
  • Skijäger (ski troops [ski hunters])
light green
(hellgrün)
  Leutnant Epaulette.jpg Standarte mot Schützen.svg
  • Leutnant
  • Troops standard
  • Vehicle troops (Kraftfahrparktruppen)
  • Supply troop (Nachschubtruppe)
blue
(#00AEEF)
  Major Epaulette.jpg OberWMEpaulette.jpg Standarte Versorgungstruppen.svg
  • Major
Oberfeldwebel
  • Troops standard
Military medical service (Sanitätstruppe) medical-blue
(dark-blue)
  RankFeldunterazt.png Wehrmacht collar patche of the administrative General.jpg
  • Feldunterarzt
  • arabesque administrative generals
  • War correspondents
  • Propaganda troops
light-grey   None.svg None.svg  
Construction engineers (Baupioniere) until 1942 light-brown   Collar tabs of Offiziere of the Heer.svg Standarte mot Pioniere.svg
  • Gorget patches 
  • Troops standard
  • Pioniere (Combat engineers)
  • Assault engineers
  • Armored engineers
  • Fortress engineers
  • Railway engineers

black
 
main color of the uniform field-grey  

equal uniform color as to Waffen-SS and Militärverwaltung

 

Waffen-SS colors

Regiment or Battalion type Colour Example Remarks
General Officers

Personal staff of the RFSS

silver-grey    
SS Oberstgruppenführer.jpg
SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer and all generals of the Waffen-SS
Infantry
* Motorized infantry
* Panzergrenadiers
white   SS Panzergrenadierregiment.svg Flagge SS-PzGrenRegt 40
SS Standartenführer (Oberführer) der Infanterie.jpg
  • SS-Oberführer
  • SS-Standartenführer
Artillery
* Assault guns (Sturmgeschütze)
* Flak
scarlet   LSSAH Artillerie Wimpel.svg Artillery flag
HH-SS-Obersturmbannfuhrer-Shoulder Strap.png SS-Obersturmbannführer
Veterinary service carmine red   HH-SS-Sturmbannfuhrer-Shoulder Strap(2).png SS-Sturmbannführer of the SS-Veterinary service
Legal service bordeaux red     no example
Geologists light pink     no example
Transport salmon-pink     no example
  • Panzers
  • Panzerjäger (Tank destroyers)
rose-pink  
Unteroffizier Epaulette Panzer.svg
SS-Scharführer
  • Signals
  • War correspondents
lemon yellow  
SS Untersturmführer Fm.png
SS-Untersturmführer
identical corps colour to Heer (German Wehrmacht)
  • Cavalry
  • Reconnaissance (1942–45)
  • Armored reconnaissance
golden yellow  
SS Hauptscharführer (Totenkopfverbände).jpg
SS-Hauptscharführer
  • Feldgendarmerie (Field police)
  • Special services
orange  
SS Unterscharführer-MP.jpg
SS Standartenjunker.jpg
  • SS-Unterscharführer
  • SS-Standartenjunker (officer candidate OR-6)
Reconnaissance (1938–42) copper-brown  
SS Standartenführer (Oberführer).png
  • Standartenführer
  • Oberführer
Concentration camps light brown  
SS Hauptscharführer (Totenkopfverbände).jpg
SS-Hauptscharführer
Security service

(Sicherheitsdienst)

poison green  
SS Sturmscharführer-SD.jpg
SS-Sturmscharführer of the "Sicherheitsdienst des Reichsführers-SS".
Gebirgsjäger (mountain troops) Meadow green  
Shoulder-wss-ill-untersturmf.jpg
SS-Untersturmführer
Recruitment service (de: Ersatzwesen)
also: SS-Sonderführer and SS-Reserve officers
dark green  
HH-SS-Obersturmfuhrer-Shoulder Strap.png
SS-Obersturmführer
Supply light blue  
SS Hauptsturmführer (Nachschub).jpg
SS-Hauptsturmführer
Administration bright blue  
SS Hauptsturmführer (Verwaltung).jpg
Hauptsturmführer
Medical service cornflower blue  
WSS Staf-Oberf-Medical.png
  • Standartenführer of the Waffen-SS medical service
  • Oberführer of the Waffen-SS medical service
SS-Engineers corps
* Assault engineers
* Construction engineers
black  
SS Oberscharführer (Pioniere).jpg
SS-Oberscharführer
identical collar patches
SS-Unterscharführer.svg
example SS-Unterscharführer
(all collar patches to enlisted men, NCO-ranks, officers and generals)
main color of the uniform field-grey   equal uniform color as to Waffen-SS, Heer, and Militärverwaltung

 

There are more colors in the german army however this list does not include the non-frontline only ranks.

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