Generalleutnant

Generalleutnant
Army insignia
Air Force insignia
Country Germany
Service branchBundeswehr Logo Heer with lettering.svg German Army
Bundeswehr Logo Luftwaffe with lettering.svg German Air Force
RankThree-star
NATO rankOF-8
Non-NATO rankO-9
Formation1956
Next higher rankGeneral
Next lower rankGeneralmajor
Equivalent ranksVizeadmiral

Generalleutnant, short GenLt, (English: lieutenant general) is the second highest general officer rank in the German Army (Heer) and the German Air Force (Luftwaffe).

Rank[]

The rank is rated OF-8 in NATO, and is grade B7 in the pay rules of the Federal Ministry of Defence. It is equivalent to Vizeadmiral in the German Navy (Marine), or to Generaloberstabsarzt, and Admiraloberstabsarzt in the Zentraler Sanitätsdienst der Bundeswehr.

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

Heer Luftwaffe Gorget patches


Bundeswehr sequence of ranks ascending
junior rank:
Generalmajor
Bundeswehr Logo Heer with lettering.svg Bundeswehr Logo Luftwaffe with lettering.svg

(German officer rank)
Generalleutnant

senior rank:
General (Germany)

History[]

Prior to 1945, Generalleutnant was the rank conventionally associated with the command of a division. It was thus the equivalent of the rank of major general in English-speaking armies.

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