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Abbreviation

German

English

Volksgericht People's Court, Highest Court

for Political Crimes Volksgemeinschaft. People's or racial community;

the world-wide community
composing all people of

German blood
Volksgenosse

Racial comrade; a person of

German blood regardless of citizenship

W

WSS

WFSt

Waffen-SS

Combat SS
Wehrkreis

Military District
Wehrkreiskom-
mando

Military authority in charge

of a Wehrkreis Wehrmacht

Armed Forces (Army, Navy,

and Air Force)
Wehrmacht-
Fuehrungsstab .. Operational Staff of Armed

Forces
Wehrwirtschafts-
fuehrer

Title awarded to prominent

industrialists for merit in

armaments drive
Wehrwirtschafts-

und Ruestungs-
amt

War Economy and Armament

Office (in OKW)
Weltanschauung World-view or philosophy
Winterhilfswerk Winter Relief Organization
Wirtschaft-und-

Verwaltungs
Hauptamt Economic and Administration

Main Office (of SS) in
charge of Concentration
Camps

Wi-Rue .......

WHW
WVHA

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Abbreviation

German

English

Zelle

NSDAP subdivision of an

Ortsgruppe
Zellenleiter

NSDAP leader of a Party

cell zur besonderen

Verwendung For special missions or duties zur Verfuegung .... At disposal

zbV

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Leutnant
Oberleutnant

2d Lieutenant Ensign
1st Lieutenant Lieutenant (j.g.)

Hauptmann

Captain

Lieutenant

Major
Oberstleutnant

Leutnant zur See Untersturmfuehrer
Oberleutnant zur Obersturmfuehrer

See
Kapitaenleutnant Hauptsturm-

fuehrer
Korvettenkapitaen Sturmbannfuehrer
Fregattenkapitaen Obersturmbann-

fuehrer
Kapitaen zur See Standartenfuehrer

Oberfuehrer
Konteradmiral Brigadefuehrer
Vizeadmiral

Gruppenfuehrer
Admiral

Obergruppen

fuehrer

Major
Lieut. Colonel

Lieut. Commander
Commander

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Colonel

Captain

AMERICAN MILITARY FORCES NAVY, AND SS WITH THEIR EQUIVALENTS IN THE TABLE OF COMMISSIONED RANKS IN THE GERMAN ARMY,

Generalmajor
Generalleutnant
General der Infan-

terie, Artillerie,
etc.

Brig. General Commodore
Major General Rear Admiral
Lieut. General Vice Admiral

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