Category Archives: Waffen-SS

WW2 German Medals and Awards Guide

Germany produced an extensive array of medals, badges, awards, and decorations between 1935 and 1945. In fact, the history of German awards and medals is very extensive, with hundreds of colorful awards being awarded since the early 1800s. Early in Germany’s history, before the individual German States were unified in 1872, and even after that […]

Glossary of German Military Terms

This glossary contains hundreds of German terms related to the armed forces of Germany during the WWII era. This glossary has been compiled from numerous s…

Table of Comparative Ranks for the Wehrmacht/Waffen-SS

Heer Rank Luftwaffe Rank Kriegsmarine Rank Waffen-SS Rank Detailed Grenadier Flieger Matrose SS-Schütze Obergrenadier SS-Oberschütze Gefreiter Obergefreiter Stabsgefreiter Gefreiter Obergefreiter Hauptgefreiter Stabsgefreiter Matrosengefreiter Matrosenobergefreiter Matrosenhauptgefreiter Matrosenstabsgefreiter ss-Sturmmann ss-Rottenführer Unteroffizier Unteroffizier Maat SS-Unterscharführer Unterfeldwebel Unterfeldwebel Obermaat SS-Scharführer Fähnrich Fähnrich zur See Feldwebel Feldwebel Feldwebel SS-Oberscharführer Oberfeldwebel Hauptfeldwebel Oberfeldwebel Stabsfeldwebel Oberfeldwebel ss-Hauptscharführer ss-Stabsscharführer Oberfähnrich Oberfähnrich zur See […]

Nazi SS Divisions

This listing is of every SS-Division formed during WWII. It lists the main organic units of the division, as well as its troop number (the number its organic support units would use), and the commanders of the division. This listing is meant to act as a general guide, and although it lists every SS-Divisionen, their […]

5.SS-Panzer-Division “Wiking”

Lineage Nordische Division (Nr.5) SS-Division Germania (mot) SS-Division “Wiking” SS-Panzergrenadier-Division “Wiking” 5.SS-Panzer-Division “Wiking” History This Division was formed in December, 1940. Initially, the Division wascalled Germania but the title of the unit was changed to Wiking in January,1941. In February, a Finnish Volunteer unit was raised and attached to theDivision (For more about this specific […]


History The 13.Panzer-Division was formed from the 13.Infanterie-Division (mot.) on October 11th, 1940. After being transferred to the Vienna area, the 13.Infanterie-Division (mot.)was upgraded to the 13.Panzer-Division by the addition of the 4.Panzer-Regiment. In November 1940, the 13.Panzer was sent to Romania as a “Lehrtruppe” under the aegis of “HeeresmissionRumaenien”, ostensibly to teach the Rumanian […]

Beobachtungs-Abteilung 1

Unit Emblems      Lineage 1.(Preußisches) Fahr-Abteilung (Reichsheer) Fahr-Abteilung Königsberg Fahr-Abteilung Ponarth Beobachtungs-Abteilung 1 Campaigns Poland 1939 Western Campaign 1940 Eastern Front 1941-1945 History Beobachtungs-Abteilung 1 was created as a new formation on October 15th, 1935 from Fahr-AbteilungPonarth, previously known as Fahr-Abteilung Königsberg. Beobachtungs-Abteilungen, or Observation Artillery Battalions, were the ears and eyes of the German […]

I.SS-Panzer-Korps “Liebstandarte Adolf Hitler”

History Formed 7.27.43 in Berlin-Lichterfelde. The Korpstruppen were formed at Truppenübungsplatz Beverloo, and the Panzer-Abteilung was formed at Truppenübungsplatz Mailly le Camp. It served in Southern Russia during the Summer of 1943, in Belgium in early 1944, in Normandy against the Allied D-Day landings in June 1944, and in the withdrawal from France in late […]

Research Contributers

The documentation of nearly every aspect of the German military across the span of 26 years and 3 distinct eras is a daunting and difficult task. FeldGrau is able to move ever closer to this goal partially through the submission of articles and unit histories from the many researchers and authors that frequent this site. […]