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Ranks of the Red Army during WW2.

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 12 May 2004, 21:11
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Post 05 Jul 2004, 14:13
Hey, friends. I was wondering what the Red Army equilavents to the English/American ranks(Private, Sargeant, Captain etc.) were during WW2? I found a list of the ranks during the First World War, but I'm guessing they might've changed.

All help would be greatly appriciated
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Post 05 Jul 2004, 22:47
LOL! That depends!

Ranks of 1939-1940 are one, 1940-1943 are other, post-1943, are quite different.





First, there was no Western-style ranks before 1940. Idea to put back Western/Tzarist system of ranks belong to Voroshilov, and is quite stupid, because Soviet rank system, which was created from scratch, was optimal for XX-century army.

The trick is that Soviet ranks DIRECTLY represented actual role of person on battlefield.



Anyway, here's ranks of Ground Forces and Air Forces for beginning of war and its Western equivalents.


1.Krasnoarmieyets (Red Army Trooper - lowest rank)

3.Komot a.k.a. Otdelenniy Komandir (Squad Commander)
4.Mladkomvzvod (Junior Platoon Commander)
5.Starshina (Sergeant Major)

7a.Mladshiy Leitienant (Junior Lieutenant)
7b.Leitienant (Lieutenant)
8.Starshiy Leitienant (Senior Lieutenant)

9.Kapitan (Captain)
10.Maior (Major)
12.Polkovnik (Colonel)

13.Kombrig (Brigade Commander)
14.Komdiv (Division Commander)
15.Komkor (Corps Commander)
16.Komandarm Vtogoro Ranga (Army Commander 2nd Class)
17.Komandarm Piervogo Ranga (Army Commander 1st Class)
18.Marshal Sovietskogo Soyuza (Marshal of Soviet Union)


There were also separate ranks for Political Officers (like "Politruk"), Technology Officers (like "Korinzhiner"), Logistics Officers (like "Brigintendant"), Medical Officers (like "Armvrach"), Veterenary Officers (like "Korvetvrach") and Juridical Officers (like "Brigvoienyurist"), and, of course, Navy. But there is no room to list all of them.


It is too hard to track them and list them. I repeat, there were at least FOUR different Soviet rank systems changed each other during WW2.
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Post 06 Jul 2004, 12:55
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8.Mladshiy Leitienant (Senior Lieutenant)



I believe you mean Starshiy Leitenant for Senior Lieutenant?
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Post 06 Jul 2004, 13:12
Red_Star wrote:
Quote:
8.Mladshiy Leitienant (Senior Lieutenant)



I believe you mean Starshiy Leitenant for Senior Lieutenant?


Yes, thanks. It was just a typo, I corrected it.
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Post 06 Jul 2004, 14:00
Thanks, fellas. That really helped alot
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Post 06 Jul 2004, 16:20
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Yes, thanks. It was just a typo, I corrected it.


No problem.
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Post 06 Jul 2004, 18:11
I didn't even ask the question, but that was very informative and something nice to know.

Thank you
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