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WW2 German Navy Ranks / Kriegsmarine Ranks



Kriegsmarine Rank Navy Rank
Seemann Seamen
Matrose Ordinary Seaman
Matrosen-Gefreiter Able Seaman
Matrosen-Obergefreiter Leading Seaman
Matrosen-Hauptgefreiter Leading Seaman (4.5 years service)
Matrosen-Stabsgefreiter Senior Leading Seaman
Matrosen-Stabsobergefreiter Senior Leading Seaman
Unteroffiziere ohne Portepee Junior NCOs
-maat Petty Officer
Ober-maat Chief Petty Officer
Unteroffiziere mit Portepee Senior NCOs
Bootsmann Boatswain
Stabsbootsmann Senior Boatswain
Oberbootsmann Chief Boatswain
Stabsoberbootsmann Senior Chief Boatswain
Offiziere Commissioned Officers
Fähnrich zur See Midshipman
Oberfähnrich zur See Sub-Lieutenant
Leutnant zur See Lieutenant (Junior)
Oberleutnant zur See Lieutenant (Senior)
Kapitäleutnant Lieutenant-Commander
Korvettenkapitän Commander
Fregattenkapitän Captain (Junior)
Kapitän zur See Captain
Kommodore Commodore
Konteradmiral Rear-Admiral
Vizeadmiral Vice-Admiral
Admiral Admiral
Generaladmiral no equivalent
Grossadmiral Admiral of the Fleet