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Luftwaffe Beamte Rank Insignia

Unread postby Laurence Strong » Thu Oct 26, 2006 5:11 am

Luft Beamten

Red secondary nebenfarbe:

General Administrative Service (Allgemeiner Verwaltungsdienst);
Construction Administrative Service (bauverwaltungdienst or Bautechnischer Verwaltungsdienst);
Agricultural Service (Landwirtschaftdienst);
Surveying Service (Vermessungsdienst)--renamed Surveying-technical Administration Service;
technical Machine Service (Maschinetechnischer Dienst)
technical Electric Service (Elektrotechnischer Dienst)

The rank of Oberfeldwebelwith a medium career, 2 November 1940 pattern shoulder board, missing a couple of pips.

Assistant of all branches, Techn. Assistent;
Wetterdienstassistent;
Flugscherungsassitent;
Amtmeister, Werkmeister, Prufmeister, Maschinenmeister 1, Oberlotsenmeister:
Beamte on Probation for the medium career.

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Unread postby Laurence Strong » Thu Oct 26, 2006 5:20 am

What was require to qualify for the different career levels:

Lower career (unterer Dienst or einfacher Dienst): A grade school education without any further qualification was required:

Medium career (einfacher mittler Dienst or mittler Dienst): A high school diploma and an apprentiship of a trade was required;

Elevated career (gehobner mittler Dienst or gehobner Dienst): An educational level between high school and college, with an additional 2 - 3 years of practical training was required;

High career (hoherer Dienst): a university degree was required.

Shoulder board for an official of the medium career with a dark green waffenfarbe and a grey nebenfarbe and the equivalent rank of Feldwebel. The Blue grey mnebenfabre could be Weather / Meteorlogical specialists. I have seen some variation of the colour from Grey to blue-grey.
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Unread postby Laurence Strong » Thu Oct 26, 2006 5:25 am

Blue-grey nebenfarbe:
Reich Weather Service (Reichswetterdeinst) - meteorologist's aspirants and soldiers of the branch, which were termed "weather service soldiers" (Wetterdienstsoldaten)
A pair of unissued SB's for the Luftwaffe weather dept
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Unread postby Laurence Strong » Thu Oct 26, 2006 5:28 am

Leutnant:

They could hold a number of different positions depending on the level of the career. An officer would only start in the medium career level.

Officials of the Medium or elevated careers who were on temporary service until their final appointment as lifetime officials were identified by the prefix "a.p." or "ap", meaning "extraordinary" (ausserplanmassig)

Medium career:

Sekretar of all branches:
Techn. Sekretar, Wetterdienstsekretar,Justizsekretar, Ministerialkanzleivorstecher,Oberwerkmeister:
Oberprufmeister;
Maschinenmeister 1;
Betriebsleiter: 1;
Flugsherungsbetriebsleiter

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Unread postby Laurence Strong » Thu Oct 26, 2006 5:29 am

Oberleutnant:

Medium career:

Obersekretar of all brances including:
Lithograph, Kartograph;
Hauptwerkmeister;
and Waffenmeister

Elevated career:

Inspektor of all branches including:

Ministerialregistrator;
Volksschullehrer am grossen Militarwaisenhaus in Potsdam.

High career

Oberapotheker 4
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Unread postby Laurence Strong » Thu Oct 26, 2006 5:30 am

Hauptmann

Elevated career:

Oberinspector of all branches including;

Rektor and Konrektor am grossen Militarwaisenhaus in Potsdam.

High career:

Stabsapotheker 4;
Wetterdienstassessor;
Assessor on probation (im Probdienst)

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Unread postby Laurence Strong » Thu Oct 26, 2006 5:31 am

Major:

Amtmann of all branches including:

Techn Oberamtmann;
Amtsrat aller fachrichtungen;
Misiterialkanzleivorteher 3

High career

Reigerungsrat;
Reigerungsmedizinalrat;
Obrestapotheker;
Archiver
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Unread postby Laurence Strong » Thu Oct 26, 2006 5:32 am

Some other nebenfarbe's

Leutnant

Order (L V 40. Nr.569) dated 10 May 1940 instituted :

Orange nebefarben:

Special School Service (Fachschuldienst);
Librarian Service (Bibliothekdienst);
Veterinary Service (Veterinardienst);
Medical service (Medizinaldienst);
Pharmacists (Apotheker);
Chemists (Chemiker)
Officials of the Luft War Science Section (kreigswissenschaftlicher Dienst der Luftwaffe);
Psychologists (Psychologen)--later renamed Psychological Examination Service (Psychologen)

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Unread postby Laurence Strong » Thu Oct 26, 2006 5:34 am

Pink nebenfarbe:

Leutnant

Photo Service (Bilddienst--Bi);
Motor Transport Service (Kraftfahrdienst--K);
Ordonance Service (Waffendienst--W);
Weapons and Ammunition Service (Waffen- und Munitionsdienst-- W.u.M.);
Technical Aircraft Service (flugzugtechnisher Dienst--Fl) also termed Flugzugdienst;
Cartographic Service (kartographischer Dienst);
Lithographic Service (lithograpischer Dienst

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Unread postby Laurence Strong » Thu Oct 26, 2006 5:36 am

Changes resulting from order (L V 40, No. 895) dated 8 July 1944:

All craftsmen's service

Oberleutnant
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Unread postby Laurence Strong » Thu Oct 26, 2006 5:42 am

Dark brown nebenfarbe:

Reich Flight Safety Service (reichflugsicherungsdienst)-subdivided into Operational Service (Betriebsdient - Fs/B), and Technical Service (TechnischerDienst - Fs/T)

Oberbrandmeister
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Unread postby Laurence Strong » Thu Oct 26, 2006 5:48 am

Administrative board for a Judical official with a elevated or high grade career, with the equivilant rank of major. It has a wine red secondary nebenfarben.

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Unread postby Laurence Strong » Thu Oct 26, 2006 5:49 am

Camine nebenfarbe administrative boards for an officer of the "Supreme Reich Courts Martial" reichkreigsgericht).


Oberleutnant:

Medium career;
Reichkreigsgerichtobersekretar 1

Elevated career;
Reichkreigsgerichtinspektor 2;
Kazleivorstcher beim Reichkreigsgericht 2

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Unread postby Laurence Strong » Thu Oct 26, 2006 5:50 am

Specialist Leaders (Sonderfuhrer)

The special group of Sonderfurer was established by "Mobilmachungsplan fur die Luftwaffe" (Luftwaffe mobilization Order) of 31 Oct 1938 in the event of mobilization to fill then need of the soldiers with officer or NCO rank in T.O. & E's where special skills were needed and where officers?NCO's were not available to fill the positions. "For a limited transitional period of time" officer and NCO positions of construction units, medical services, signal construction units, and radio stations of the meteorological service were to be filled by personnel "with only limited or no military training and who seemed capable for the respective positions for their civilian knowledge (i.e.medical doctors, engineers etc).

The duty positions of Sonderfurer was graded in post groups (Stellengruppen), which also indicated the position of the leaders

Officer rank Equivalent
Post group R (regiment) Obrest
Post group B (battalion) Major
Post group K (company) Hauptmann
Post group Z (platoon) Leutnant

NCO rank
Post group O (company Sgt) Oberfeldwebel
Post group G (squad) Unteroffizier

Rank insignia of post group B
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Unread postby Laurence Strong » Thu Oct 26, 2006 5:56 am

Post group B 2nd type slightly smaller, these are only about 3/4 " wide and arond 5" long

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Unread postby Laurence Strong » Thu Oct 26, 2006 5:57 am

Rank insignia for Post group K
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Unread postby Laurence Strong » Thu Oct 26, 2006 5:58 am

Rank insignia for Post group Z, slip on type
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Unread postby Laurence Strong » Thu Oct 26, 2006 5:59 am

On the NCO level. Rank insignia for Post group O
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Unread postby Laurence Strong » Thu Oct 26, 2006 6:00 am

An order (L V 42, No.2497) dated 24 Sep 1942 prohibited all further appointment of wartime officials. Wartime officials with the prescribed requirements were appointed reserve officials. Wartime officials without, had to undergo additional military training in order to be appointed reserve officials. All other wartime officials were renounced and returned to their former soldiers status as NCO's or privates.

Shoulder boards were replaced with shoulder cords as prescribed for Sonderfuhrers and were without any underlay so that the branch was not identified. Apparently irregular shoulder cords were frequently worn, and prohibited by several orders but without much success.
An order (BLB 40. No.1223) dated 8 Oct 1940 expressly stated that shoulder cord width as 1.8cm and Leutnant rank width as 1.4 cm. Shoulder cords with backing or wider than prescribed were also prohibited on 3 Mar 1942 in Order L V 42 no.639

Rank insignia for a Oberfeldwebel of an Medium career
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Unread postby Laurence Strong » Thu Oct 26, 2006 6:01 am

Wartime authorized rank insignia for a Leutnant
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Authorized rank for an Leutnant slip on
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Unread postby Laurence Strong » Thu Oct 26, 2006 6:02 am

Authorized wartime shoulder cord for an Oberleutnant of a Medium, Elevated, or High grade career, Slip on
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Authorized wartime insignia for a Hauptmann of an Elevated or High grade career
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Authorized wartime rank insignia for a Major of an Elevated or High grade career
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Unread postby Laurence Strong » Thu Oct 26, 2006 6:04 am

Here are some examples of unauthorized shoulder cords.

Unauthorized NCO with green waffenfarbe and red Nebenfarben
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Unauthorized Leutnant with yellow waffenfarbe
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Unauthorized shoulder cord for the equivelant of Leutnant with pink underlay
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Unread postby Laurence Strong » Thu Oct 26, 2006 6:08 am

A pair of shoulder cords for an Oberleutnant equivalent with green underlay

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Another unauthorized Oberleutnant single SB with green and red underlay

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Unauthorize Major with pink underlay. There are 10 bends on the board
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Air Warning Service (Luftschutze-warndienst--LSW)

The Air Warning Service was established in 1935. It's purpose was to warn the population of air raids. It's members were volunteers or, during the war drafted according to the War Emergency Laws. The female personnel were the Auxiliaries of the Air Warning Service

LSW.-Mann (Private)
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LSW.-Warnzentralfuhrer, Hauptmann equivalent
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Air Base Fire Departments

the Air Base Fire Department (Fliegerhorstfeuerwehr) performed the fire protection and fire control duties at air bases and airfields, and at technical installations of the Luftwaffe such as depots, firing ranges, POL depots, ammunition depots and plants etc.

At the air bases etc, the Fire Departments were organized into "Extinguisher Groups" (Loschgruppe) made up of 14 - 18 men

Made up of three ranks, the lowest was;

Feuerwehrmann
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Oberfeuerwehrmann
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Unread postby Laurence Strong » Thu Oct 26, 2006 6:15 am

Loschmeister, they were also issued with collar tabs that had the same devices on them
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Re: Luftwaffe Beamte Rank Insignia

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LW-Regierungsrat_Regierungsbaurat.jpg
Regierungsrat, Regierungsbaurat = = rank equivalent Major/höherer Dienst
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LW-Beamte Amtmann_ Oberamtmann _Amtsrat .jpg
Amtmann, Oberamtmann, Amtsrat = rank equivalent Major/gehobener Dienst
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rank equivalent Oberleutnant/gehobener Dienst
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rank equivalent Stabsfeldwebel/mittlerer Dienst
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CORRECTION: Luftwaffe Beamte Rank Insignia

Unread postby Luke2 » Fri Mar 06, 2015 10:03 am

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The collar patch is for a Hauptbrandmeister, the shoulder board for an Oberbrandmeister, both First Lieutenant equivalents.
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Re: Luftwaffe Beamte Rank Insignia

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Lower career (unterer Dienst or einfacher Dienst): A grade school education without any further qualification was required:

Medium career (einfacher mittler Dienst or mittler Dienst): A high school diploma and an apprentiship of a trade was required;

Elevated career (gehobner mittler Dienst or gehobner Dienst): An educational level between high school and college, with an additional 2 - 3 years of practical training was required;

High career (hoherer Dienst): a university degree was required.


The Wehrmachtbeamte were to a large extent recruited as military traineees, Militäranwärter, from NCO's with 12 years in service. Everyone in the lower career, 90 % in the medium career and 50 % of the elevated career were Militäranwärter. Instead of the above civilan educational requirements they had gone through and taken an exam at a Wehrmachtfachschule.

Civilians recruited to the elevated career had gone through 2 years of universal military training and one year as a trainee. Members of the higher career had to be reserve officers.

Wehrmachtbeamte were paid according to the civil service pay scale, not the military pay scale.
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