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For the use of this Two-star rank in other countries, see Major general.
General Major
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
NATO rankOF-7
Non-NATO rankO-8
Next higher rankGeneralleutnant
Next lower rankBrigadegeneral
Equivalent ranksKonteradmiral

General Major, short GenMaj, (English: major general) is a general officer rank in many countries, and is identical to and translated as major general.

It is currently the third highest general officer rank in the German Army (Heer), German Air Force (Luftwaffe). This rank is also used in the Austrian Armed Forces, but is abbreviated as GenMjr.

Historically, German Army ranks for their Generals prior to 1945 were offset by one from western nomenclature. Thus, prior to 1945 the Generalmajor rank in the German Army was equivalent to the Brigadier General rank in the West, and so forth.


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.

Rank insignia

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

Heer Luftwaffe ... to service uniform
Bundeswehr sequence of ranks ascending

Generalmajor of the Wehrmacht

Generalmajort (en: major general) 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.

For the use of this one-star rank in modern NATO armed forces, see brigadier general.
Rank insignia Generalmajor
Branch Heer - decal for helmet 1942.svg
German Army
COA Luftwaffe eagle gold.svg
Flag of the Schutzstaffel.svg
Collar Collar tabs for the Generals of the Heer.svg Luftwaffe collar tabs Generalmajor 3D.svg SS-Oberführer Collar Rank.svg
Shoulder Generalmajor (Wehrmacht).svg Luftwaffe epaulette Generalmajor.svg SS-Brigadeführer h.svg
Sleeve Generalmajor-camo.svg Luftwaffe paraman Generalmajor 3D.svg Generalmajor-camo.svg
Name Generalmajor Generalmajor SS-Brigadeführer
Sequence of ranks ascenting

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