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PostSubject: Soviet Ranks during WWII   Fri Aug 12, 2011 8:18 pm

For information on the ranks of the Soviet Union during WWII, please visit this website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_ranks_of_the_Soviet_Union

A few notes on the subject:

Generalissimus of the Soviet Union - This rank was created by Josef Stalin in 1945 after the USSR defeated Germany. It was a special rank and only a few Generals would attain this status.

These ranks are all General officers:
Marshal of the Soviet Union
General of the Army - Marshal
General Colonel
General Lieutenant
General Major

The Soviet Army has no equivalent for a Brigadier General.
-- (No Equivalent to Brig General)

Senior or Field Grade Officers:
Polkovnik (Col.)
Podpolkovnik (Lt. Col)
Major

Junior or Company Grade Officers:
Captain
Senior Lieutenant
Lieutenant
Junior Lieutenant

The Soviet Union is one of only a few nations in the world that employs a Junior Lieutenant or what could be called a 3rd Lieutenant.

Under-Officers or Master non-commissioned officers (NCOs):
Senior Warrant Officer or Senior Praporshchik = Sergeant Major (USA)
Warrant Officer or Praporshchik = First Sergeant (USA)

These Warrant Officers are not Warrant Officers in the same sense as in the US Army, but more like the Warrant officers in the British Army. They are still NCOs, rather than Officers.

Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs):
Sergeant Major or Starshina = Sergeant First Class (USA)
Senior Sergeant = Staff Sergeant (USA)
Sergeant = Sergeant (USA)
Junior Sergeant = Corporal (USA)

Enlisted Men
Efreitor = Senior Private or Specialist (USA)
Private or Soldier

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