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Army and Air Force insignia
Country Germany
Service branchBundeswehr Logo Heer with lettering.svg German Army
Bundeswehr Logo Luftwaffe with lettering.svg German Air Force
NATO rankOF-8
Non-NATO rankO-9
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).


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 ... to service uniform
Bundeswehr sequence of ranks ascending

Generalleutnant in East Germany

Generalleutnant (en: lieutenent 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 second lowest general officer rank, comparable to the two-star rank in many NATO-Armed forces (Rangcode OF-7). 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 Viceadmiral, often called simply Herr Admiral for short.

For the use of this two-star rank in modern NATO armed forces, see major general.
Rank insignias Generalleutnant / Viceadmiral (OF-7)
Emblem Stasi.svg Stasi 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 Border troops Flag of warships of VM (East Germany).svg Volksmarine
OF-8 Generalleutnant.png GDR Air Force OF7 Generalleutnant.gif None.svg OF-8 Vizeadmiral.png OF-8 Vizeadmiral VM, Ärmelstreifen.png
Generalleutnant Vizeadmiral
See also
Ranks of the National People's Army

Generalleutnant of the Wehrmacht

Generalleutnant (en: lieutenent general) was in the German Reich, and Nazi Germany the second lowest general officer rank, comparable to the two-star rank in many NATO-Armed forces (Rangcode OF-7). It was equivalent to Viceadmiral in the Kriegsmarine, and SS-Gruppenführer in the Waffen-SS until 1945.

For the use of this one-star rank in modern NATO armed forces, see major general.
Rank insignia Generalleutnant/ Vizeadmiral
Branch Heer - decal for helmet 1942.svg
German Army
COA Luftwaffe eagle gold right.svg
Flag of the Schutzstaffel.svg
War Ensign of Germany (1938-1945).svg
Collar Collar tabs for the Generals of the Heer.svg Wehrmacht Lw -Generalleutnant 1945collar.svg HH-SS-Gruppenfuhrer-Collar.png No
Shoulder Generalleutnant (Wehrmacht).svg Luftwaffe epaulette Generalleutnant.svg SS-Gruppenführer h.svg Kriegsmarine epaulette Vizeadmiral.svg
Sleeve Generalleutnant-camo.svg Luftwaffe paraman Generalleutnant 3D.svg Generalleutnant-camo.svg Kriegsmarine-Vizeadmiral.svg
Generalleutnant SS-Gruppenführer
und Generalleutnant
der Waffen-SS
Sequence of ranks ascenting

See also

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