"Hauptscharführer" was a Nazi paramilitary rank which was used by the "
Schutzstaffel" (SS) between the years of 1934and 1945. The rank was the highest enlisted rank of the SS, with the exception of the special Waffen-SSrank of " Sturmscharführer".
Translated as "Head Squad Leader", Hauptscharführer became an SS rank after a reorganization of the SS following the
Night of the Long Knives. The first use of Hauptscharführer was in June 1934 when the rank replaced the older SA title of " Obertruppführer".
Within the "
Allgemeine-SS" (General-SS), a Hauptscharführer was typically the head SS- non-commissioned officerof an "SS-Sturm "(Company) or was a rank used by enlisted staff personnel assigned to an SS headquarters office or security agency (such as the Gestapoand Sicherheitsdienst).
The rank of Hauptscharführer was also commonly used in the
Concentration Campservice and could also be found as a rank of the Einsatzgruppen. The rank of "SS-Hauptscharführer" was senior to "SS- Oberscharführer" and junior to "SS- Sturmscharführer", except in the General-SS where Hauptscharführer was immediately junior to rank of "SS- Untersturmführer".
Waffen-SS, Hauptscharführer was a rank bestowed upon company and battalion non-commissioned officers and was considered the second highest enlisted rank, below that of " Sturmscharführer". Those holding the Waffen-SS rank of Hauptscharführer were typically also granted the title of " Stabsscharführer", which was an appointment held by the senior SS-NCO of a company, battalion, or regiment.
The insignia for Hauptscharführer was two silver pips, with a silver stripe centred on a black collar patch. On field grey uniforms, the rank was worn with silver collar piping and the
Wehrmachtshoulder boards of an "Oberfeldwebel".
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