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Corps colours (Waffen-SS)

Corps colours, or Troop-function colours (ge: "Waffenfarbe(n)") were means the German Waffen-SS used to distinguish between different branches of service, corps, services or troop functions.

The scheme of colors to indicate troop types was similar to that of the Wehrmacht Heer (German Army) from 1935 to 1945. The colours appeared mainly on the piping around the shoulder boards showing a soldier’s rank.

The table below contains some corps colours used by the SS from 1938-45.

Regiment or Battalion type Colour Example Remarks
General Officers

Personal staff of the RFSS

SS-Oberst-Gruppenfuehrer and all generals of the Waffen-SS
* Motorized infantry
* Panzergrenadiers
white Flagge SS-PzGrenRegt 40
* Oberfuehrer of the Waffen-SS
* Standartenfuehrer of the Waffen-SS
* Assault guns (Sturmgeschuetze)
* Flak
scarlet Artillery flag
Obersturmbannführer of the Waffen-SS
Veterinary service carmine red SS-Sturmbannfuehrer of the SS-Veterinary service
Legal service bordeaux red no example
Geologists light pink no example
Transport salmon-pink no example
* Panzers
* Panzerjägers (Tank destroyers)
Scharfuehrer of the Waffen-SS
* Signals
* War correspondents
lemon yellow
Oberscharfuehrer of the Waffen-SS
identical corps colour to Heer (German Wehrmacht)
* Cavalry
* Reconnaissance (1942–45)
* Armored reconnaissance
golden yellow
Hauptscharfuehrer of the Waffen-SS
* Feldgendarmerie (Field police)
* Special seervices
* Untersturfuehrer of the Waffen-SS

* SS-Standartenjunker (officer candidate OR-6) of the Waffen-SS
Reconnaissance (1938–42) copper-brown
* Standartenfuehrer of the Waffen-SS
* Oberführer of the Waffen-SS
Concentration camps light brown
Hauptsturmfuehrer of the Waffen-SS
Security service


poison green
SS-Sturmscharfuehrer of the „Sicherheitsdienst des Reichsführers-SS“.
Gebirgsjäger (mountain troops) mMeadow green
SS-Untersturmfuehrer of the Waffen-SS,
identical weapon colour to the Heer of the German Wehrmacht
* SS-Sonderfuehrer
* Recruitment service
* Reserve officers
dark green no example
Supply light blue
SS-Hauptsturmfuehrer of the Waffen-SS
Administration bright blue
SS-Hauptsturmfuehrer of the Waffen-SS
Medical service cornflower blue
* Standartenfuehrer of the Waffen-SS medical service
* Oberführer of the Waffen-SS medical service
SS-Engineers corps
* Assault engineers
* Construction engineers
Oberscharführer der Waffen-SS
identical collar patches
example SS-Unterscharführer
(all collar patches to enlisted men, NCO-ranks, officers and generals)
main color of the uniform field-grey equal uniform colour as to Waffen-SS, Heer, and Militärverwaltung

The c o l o r of the Kragenspiegel ist  schwarz in SS and NSKK.,  cinnabar-red in the staff headquarters of the so-called “Motorobergruppen” (en: Senior motor groups) and independent groups,  carmine-red in higher staff headquarters of the NSKK.[1]

See also main articles

Nazi-Rank structureWorld War II German Army ranks and insignia
Corps colour
Corps colours of the German Heer (1935–1945)
Corps colours of the German Luftwaffe (1935-1945)Corps colours of the SA (1939-1945)


  1. ^ Quotation as to: "Schlag nach!, Bibliographisches Institut AG., Leipzig, 1938, S.203"
  • Glossary of German military terms
  • Adolf Schlicht, John R. Angolia: Die deutsche Wehrmacht, Uniformierung und Ausrüstung 1933-1945
    Vol. 1: Das Heer (ISBN 3613013908), Motorbuch Verlag, Stuttgart 1992
    Vol. 3: Die Luftwaffe (ISBN 3-613-02001-7), Motorbuch Verlag, Stuttgart 1999
    (very detailed information and discussion but no coloured images)
This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Deutsch WorldHeritage.

External links

  • Wehrmacht HeerWaffenfarben of the
  • German WWII Army & SS Rank & Insignia
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