Unteroffizier Ohne Portepee
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Unteroffizier Ohne Portepee
A sword knot fixed to hilt of an infantry sabre.

Unteroffizier(e) ohne Portepee (en: NCO without portepee / lit. 'Non-commissioned officer(s) without sword knot'), is the designation for German junior non-commissioned officers (NCOs) in the German Armed Forces. The category was a division of the NCO class, separating junior NCOs from Unteroffiziere mit Portepee, or senior NCOs (who wore the sword knot). The name is derived from earlier traditions in which German senior NCOs (Feldwebel) would carry the officer's sidearms (sword, sabre) with the officer's swordknot (made from silver or gold lace).

Ranks in this category:

see also

Table of ranks

Rank insignia to NCOs without portepée of Heer, Luftwaffe and Marine
German payment level A 6-7 A 5
Bundeswehr Logo Heer with lettering.svg
Shoulder straps
service uniform/
field uniform
HD H 22 Stabsunteroffizier Pz.svgHA OS5 22 Stabsunteroffizier Fm.svg HD H 21a Fahnenjunker FJg.svgHA OS5 21a Fahnenjunker PzGren.svg HD H 21 Unteroffizier PzGren.svgHA OS5 21 Unteroffizier FA Pz.svg
Bundeswehr Logo Luftwaffe with lettering.svg
LD B 22 Stabsunteroffizier.svgLA OS5 22 Stabsunteroffizier.svg LD B 21a Fahnenjunker.svgLA OS5 21a Fahnenjunker.svg LD B 21 Unteroffizier.svgLA OS5 21 Unteroffizier FA.svg
rank Stabsunteroffizier Fahnenjunker Unteroffizier
Bundeswehr Logo Marine with lettering.svg

Shoulder straps
cuff insignias
field uniform

MDS 22 Obermaat 30.svgMDJA 22 Obermaat 20 Lo.svgMA OG5 22 Obermaat.svg MDS 21a Seekadett Trp.svgMDJA 21a Seekadett Trp Lo.svgMA OG3 21a Seekadett.svg MDS 21 Maat 10.svgMDJA 21 Maat 10 Lo.svgMA OG5 21 Maat.svg
rank Obermaat Seekadett Maat
NATO rank OR-5a OR-5b OR-5b


  1. ^ Schlicht, Adolf and John R. Angloia, Die Deutsche Wehrmacht: Uniformierung und Ausrüstung 1933-1945 Band 1: Das Heer (Motorbuch Verlag, Stuttgart, 2000) ISBN 3-613-01390-8 p.26

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