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  WWII German Military
this is a list of the most commonly used descriptions

German Military Job Descriptions

GERMAN A-Z ENGLISH

Abteilungsarzt

Battalion Physician

Abteilungschef im Reichskriegs-Ministerium

Departmental Head in the War Office

Abteilungskommandeur

Battalion Commander

Abteilungsschreiber

Battalion Headquarters Clerk

Abteilungsveterinär

Battalion Veterinary Doctor

Adjutant

Adjutant

Amtsgehilfe

Administration Clerical Official in a Department

Amtsobergehilfe

Senior Administration Clerical Official in a Department

Amtsrat

Senior Administration Official

Arbeiter

Labourer

Arzt

Physician

Auswerter

Plotter / Evaluator

Autoschlosser

Motor Vehicle Mechanic

Bäckermeister

Master Baker

Bataillonsarzt

Battalion Physician

Bataillonskommandeur

Battalion Commander

Bataillonsveterinär

Battalion Veterinary Doctor

Batterieführer

Battery Commander

Batterieoffizier

Firing Battery Commander

Batterieschreiber

Battery Headquarters Clerk

Beamter

Armed Forces Civil Servant / Government Service Official / Civilian Employee in Military Service

Beobachter

Observer

Beobachtungsoffizier

Observation Officer

Beschlagschmied

Farrier / Horse(shoe) Smith

Betreuungsoffizier

Entertainment Officer

Betriebmeister

Managerial Works Supervisor

Betriebsleiter

Managerial Works Leader

Bibliothekar

Librarian

Blechschuster

Tin Smith

Bootsmann

Boat Operator

Botenmeister

Messenger

Chef des Stabes

Chief of Staff

Direktor

Director

Direktor bei der Heeresfeuerwerker und Panzertruppenschule

Director of the Army Ordnance and Panzer Troop Schools

Direktor bei der Heeres-Plankammer

Director of the Army Chamber of Planning

Direktor beim Heeresarchiv Wien

Director of the Army Archives at Vienna

Direktor beim Heeresmuseum Berlin-Zeughaus

Director of the Army Museum at Berlin-Zeughaus

Direktor des Heerestechnischen Buros

Director of the Army Technical Bureau

Divisionionsarzt

Division Physician

Divisonskommandeur

Division Commander

Dolmetscher

Interpreter

Dreher

Lathe Operator

Drucker

Printer

Elektriker

Electrician

Elektromechaniker

Electro Mechanic

Entfernungsmesser

Rangefinder / Distance Measurer

Erkunder

Scout

Erkundungsoffizier

Observation Officer

Facharbeiter

Specialist

Fachschulrektor

Headmaster of a Technical School

Fachstudiendirektor

Deputy Director of Technical Studies

Fachstudienrat

Instructor in Technical Studies

Fahnenschmied

Farrier NCO

Fahrer

Driver

Fahrer vom Bock

Wagoner (the driver of a horse-drawn vehicle sitting on the driver's seat [the box])

Fahrer vom Sattel

Horse Team Leader (the driver of a horse-drawn vehicle sitting on one of the horses)

Feinmechaniker

Optics Technician

Feldbischof

Chaplain-General to the Forces

Feldfunksprecher

Field Radio Operator

Feldgendarm

Military Policeman

Feldkoch

Cook

Feldkochunteroffizier

Cook NCO

Feldwebel

Sergeant

Fernsprecher

Telephonist

Festungsoberwerkmeister

Fortifications NCO in Charge of a Workshop

Festungswerkmeister

Fortifications NCO in a Workshop

Feuerwerker

Ordnance NCO / Pyrotechnician / Military Artificer

Flakwaffenwart

Antiaircraft Weapon Armorer

Flugmeldeauswerter

Air Observation Evaluator

Flugmelder

Air Observer

Führer

Leader

Führer der Gefechtsfahrzeuge

Leader of the Company / Battery Vehicles

Funker

Radio Operator

Funkmeister

Senior Radio Operator

Funkwart

Radio Repairman

Futtermeister

Fodder NCO

Gaschützunteroffizier

Chemical Warfare NCO

Gefechtsschreiber

Headquarters Clerk

Generalintendant

General Commisariat Commander

Generalstabintendant

General Staff Commisariat Commander

Gerätverwalter

Equipment Administrator

Gerätwart

Equipment Repairman

Geschützbedienung

Gun Crew

Geschützführer

Gun Layer / Gun Captain / Gun Commander

Getreibeschlosser

Drive Train Mechanic

Gewerbeoberlehrer

Senior Teacher in Trade Subjects

Gruppenführer

Section Leader

Gruppenintendant

Army Group Commisariat Commander

Handelsoberlehrer

Senior Teacher in Commercial Subjects

Handwerker

Craftsman

Haptfeldwebel

Senior Company NCO / Company First Sergeant

Hauptwachmeister

Senior Battery NCO / Battery First Sergeant

Hauswart

Caretaker

Heeresarchivdirektor

Army Archive Director

Heeresarchivrat

Army Archival Advisor

Heeresbaudirektor

Director of Army Building or Construction

Heeresforstamtsmann

Administration Official in the Army Forestry Commission

Heeresforstmeister

Army Forestry Commissioner

Heereshauptwerkmeister

Army Workshop Superintendent

Heeresintendant

Army Commisary

Heeresjustizamtmann

Army Judicial Service

Heeresjustizwachtmeister

Army Court Martial Orderly NCO

Heereslandwirtschaftrat

Councillor in the Army Agricultural Department

Heeresmachinenmeister

Army Master Machinist / Mechanic

Heeresmaschinenbaudirektor

Director of Army Construction Machinery

Heeresmusikinspizient

Director of Army Music

Heeresoberförster

Army Forester

Heeresoberforstmeister

Senior Army Forestry Commissioner

Heeresoberpfarrer

Senior Army Chaplain

Heeresoberwerkmeister

Army Workshop Superintendent

Heerespfarrer

Army Chaplain

Heeresrevierförster

Army Forestry Official

Heeressattlermeister

Army Master Saddler

Heeresschneidermeister

Army Master Tailor

Heeresschuhmachermeister

Army Master Shoemaker / Cobbler

Heeressportlehrer

Army Sports Instructor

Heeresunterförster

Army Forester

Heereswerkmeister

NCO in Charge of an Army Workshop

Heizer

Fireman

Hilfsbeobachter

Assistant Observer

Hilfsprüfer

Assistant Controller

Hiwi (Hilfswilliger)

Foreign Volunteer for Military Service

Holzarbeiter

Wood Worker

Inspektor (technische and nichttechnische)

Official in Technical or Non-Technical Trade

Intendant

Administrative Services Official [ranking as Colonel]

Intendanturamtmann

Member of an Army Administrative Services Department [ranking as an enlisted man]

Intendanturassessor

Administrative Services Official [ranking as Captain]

Intendanturasinspektor

Administrative Services Official [ranking as Lieutenant Colonel]

Intendanturrat

Administrative Services Official [ranking as Major]

Kanonier

Gunner

Kanzleivorsteher

Orderly Room - Head Clerk

Kartenzeichner

Cartographer

Kartograph

Cartographer

Kettenkraftradfahrer

Kettenkrad Driver

Klempner

Plumber

Koch

Cook

Kommandant

Commandant

Kommandeur

Commander

Kompanieführer

Company Commander

Kompanietrossführer

Company Train Leader

Kompanietruppführer

Company Headquarters Section Leader

Korpsintendant

Army Corps Supply Services Official

Korpssattlermeister

Army Corps Master Saddler

Kradmelder

Motorcycle Messenger

Kraftfahrzeugelektriker

Motor Vehicle Electrician

Kraftfahrzeugmotorenschlosser

Motor Vehicle Motor Mechanic

Kraftfahrzeugschlosser

Motor Vehicle Mechanic

Kraftwagenbeifahrer

Motor Vehicle Co-Driver

Kraftwagenfahrer

Motor Vehicle Driver

Krankenträger

Stretcher Bearer

Kriegsgerichter

Judge Advocate General Branch

Kriegsgerichtsrat

Member of Court Martial Committee

Laborant

Laboratory Technician

Ladeschütze

Loader

Lagermeister

NCO in a Depot

Lagerwart

Depotman

Laufwerkschlosser

Running Gear Mechanic

Lehrer

Teacher

Leiter

Chief Leader

Lichtpauser

Photographer

Lithograph

Lithographer

Magazinmeister

NCO in Charge of a Depot

Maler

Painter

Mann

Enlisted Man

Mannschaft

Enlisted Man / Other Rank

Maschinengewehrschütze

Machine Gunner

Meldefahrer

Motor Vehicle Messenger

Meldefahrer

Messenger (Motor Vehicle)

Melder

Messenger / Runner

Meldereiter

Messenger (Horse-Mounted)

Ministerial Direktor

Minister and Head of a Government Ministry

Ministerialamtsgehilfe

Administration Clerical Official in a Ministry

Ministerialbürodirektor

Administration Official in a Ministry

Ministerialdirigent

Administrative Official in a Ministry (Usually of Generalleutnant Rank)

Ministerialkanzleivorsteher

Administration Official - Head Clerk in a Ministry

Ministerialoberamtsgehilfe

Senior Administration Clerical Official in a Ministry

Ministerialrat

Advisor to the Minister

Ministerialrat (mit den Dienstgradabzeichen des Generales)

Advisor to the Minister with the Rank of General

Ministerialregistrator

Registrar in a Ministry

Mitarbeiter

Assistant Clerk

Motorschlosser

Motor Mechanic

Mühlenmeister

Master Miller

Munitionskanonier

Ammunition Handler (Artillery)

Munitionsschütze

Ammunition Handler

Musiker

Bandsman

Musikmeister

Band Leader

Nachrichtenmechaniker

Signals Technician

Nachrichtenoffizier

Signal Officer

Nachrichtenunteroffizier

Signal NCO

Oberbotenmeister

Senior Messenger

Oberfachschullehrer

Teacher in an Advanced Technical School

Oberfachschulrat

Principal in a Technical School

Oberfachstudiendirektor

Director of Technical Studies

Oberfeldapotheker

Apothecary

Oberfeldzahlmeister

Senor Paymaster

Oberfuttermeister

Senior Fodder NCO

Oberheeresarchivrat

Army Archival Advisor

Oberinspektor (technisch and nichttechnisch)

Senior Official in Tecnhical Trade or Non-Technical Trade

Oberintendanturrat

Commisariat

Oberkartograph

Senior Cartographer

Oberkriegsgerichtsrat

Member of Court Martial Committee

Oberlagermeister

Senior NCO in a Depot

Oberlandwirtschaftsrat

Agricultural Advisor

Obermaschinist

Senior Fitter

Obermusikinspizient

Director of Army Music

Oberregierungsbaurat

Construction or Building Administration Official

Oberregierungschemiker

Chemistry Administration Official

Oberregierungsrat

Senior Administration Official

Oberreichskriegsanwalt

Judge Advocate General

Oberreichskriegsanwalt

Senior Attorney in the War Office

Obersekretär (technisch und nichttechnisch)

Senior Secretary in Technical and Non-Technical Trade

Oberstabsapotheker

Apothecary

Oberstabzahlmeister

Senior Paymaster

Oberstabzahlmeister

Senior Administration Official

Oberstapotheker

Apothecary

Oberstkriegsgerichtsrat

Member of Court Martial Committee

Oberstudiendirektor

Army Education Official

Obertrigonometer

Trigonometric Official

Oberwaffenmeister

Armourer

Oberwerkmeister

Senior Workshop Supervisor

Oberzahlmeister

Paymaster

Offizier

Officer

Ordnanzoffizier

Aide (-de-Camp) (Officer)

Ordonnanz

Aid (Enlisted)

Panzerbüchsenschütze

Antitank Rifleman

Panzerelektromechaniker

Armored Vehicle Electrician

Panzerelektroschweisser

Armored Vehicle Arc Welder

Panzerführer

Armored Vehicle Commander

Panzerfunkwart

Armored Vehicle Radio Repairman

Panzergetriebenschlosser

Armored Vehicle Drive Train Mechanic

PanzerGrenadier Armored Infantry

Panzerjägerführer

Antitank Vehicle Commander

Panzermotorenschlosser

Armored Vehicle Motor Mechanic

Panzerschlosser

Armored Vehicle Mechanic

Panzerschützen

Infantryman in an Armored Vehicle

Panzerwart

Armored Vehicle Mechanic

Peiler

Direction Finder

Pferdeführer

Horse Leader (driver on foot guiding the horse(s) of a horse-drawn vehicle)

Pferdehalter

Horse Holder (Groom)

Pferdewärter

Groom (Horse Holder)

Photograph

Photographer

Pionier

Pioneer / Engineer / Sapper

Planoffizier

Triangulation Officer

Postfachkraft

Postal Worker

Präparator

Candidate

Präsident

President

Präsident des Heeresarchives Wien

President of the Army Archives at Vienna

Prüfer

Accounts Controller

Quartiermeister

Quartermaster

Rechner

Calculator

Rechnungsführer

Accountant

Regierungsbaurat

Construction or Building Administration Official

Regierungschemiker

Chemistry Administration Official

Regierungsdirektor (Museum Wien)

Administration Director of the Vienna Museum

Regierungsrat

Administration Official

Regimentsadjutant

Regiment Adjutant

Regimentsarzt

Regiment Physician

Regimentskommandeur

Regiment Commander

Regimentskraftfahroffizier

Regiment Motor Officer

Regimentssattlermeister

Regimental Master Saddler

Regimentsschreiber

Regiment Headquarters Clerk

Regmentsveterinär

Regiment Veterinary Doctor

Reichskreigsgerichtswachtmeister

State Judicial Service Orderly NCO

Reichskriegsgerichtsrat

Army Court Martial Councillor

Richter

Judge

Richtkreisunteroffizier

Gun Layer NCO / Gun Director NCO

Richtschütze

Gunner

Sachbearbeiter

Clerk

Sanitätsoffizier

Medical Officer

Sanitätsunteroffizier

Medical NCO

Sattelpferd

Near Horse

Sattler

Saddler / Harness Maker

Scherenfernrohrunteroffizier

Scissors Telescope NCO

Schirrmeister

Foreman / Harness Keeper / Depotkeeper NCO / Maintenance Technical Sergeant

Schleifer

Polisher

Schlosser

Mechanic

Schmied

Smith

Schneider

Tailor

Schreiber

Recorder

Schumacher / Schuster

Shoemaker / Cobbler

Schwadronführer

Company Commander (Cavalry Arm)

Schwadrontruppführer

Company Headquarters Section Leader (Cavalry Arm)

Schweisser

Welder

Sekretär (technisches und nichttechnisches)

Secretary in Technical and Non-Technical Trade

Senatspräsident beim Reichskriegsgericht

President of a Court Martial

Spähtruppführer

Scout Section Leader

Stabsapotheker

Chemist

Stabzahlmeister

Paymaster

Staffelführer

Detachment Leader

Stellmacher

Cartwright / Wheelwright

Stellungsunteroffizier

Gun Position NCO

Steuermann

Helmsman (driver of a boat)

Studiendirektor

Army Senior Education Official

Studienrat

Army Education Official

Tankwart

Fuel Handler

Technischer Oberamtsmann

Technical Administration Official

Tischler

Joiner / Cabinet Maker

Trigonometer

Trigonometric Official

Trossführer

Train Leader

Truppenarzt

Troop Doctor

Truppführer

Team Leader

Unteroffizier

NCO

Urkundsbeamter

Document Clerk

Verbindungsoffizier

Liaison Officer

Vermessungsamtmann

Survey Official

Vermessungsdienst

Measuring Service

Verpflegungsmann

Rations Handler

Verpflegungsunteroffizier

Rations NCO

Verwaltungsamtmann

Administration Official

Veterinäroffizier

Veterinary Officer

Vorgeschobener Beobachter

Forward Observer

Vorhandwerker

Leading Craftsman

Vorreiter

Outrider (Escort on horseback of a horse-drawn vehicle)

Vorstand der Heeres-Plankammer

Head of the Army Chamber of Planning

Vorwarner

Advance Warning Man

Wächter

Watchman / Guard

Waffenmeister

Armorer

Waffenmeistergehilfe

Assistant Armorer

Waffenmeisterunteroffizier

Master Armorer NCO

Waffenoberrevisor

Senior Armament Official

Waffenrevisor

Armament Official

Waffenunteroffizier

Armorer NCO

Wagenbegleiter

Escort on foot for a horse-drawn vehicle

Wagenführer

Leader of the horse-drawn vehicles in the Train

Wallmeister

Fortification Official

Wehrmachtkriegspfarrer

Chaplain

Wehrmachtoberpfarrer

Senior Chaplain to the Forces

Wehrmachtpfarrer

Chaplain to the Forces

Werferführer

Launcher or Mortar Gunner

Werkführer

Foreman

Werkmeister

Foreman / Chief Technician (master at arms in charge of weapon repair)

Werkstättenvorsteher

Official in Charge of Workshop

Wermachtdekan

Senior Chaplain to the Forces, Army Dean

Zahlmeister

Paymaster / Finance Officer

Zeichner

Draftsman

Zimmermann

Carpenter

Zugführer

Platoon Leader

Zugtruppführer

Platoon Headquarters Section Leader


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