Unteroffiziere ohne Portepee
Unteroffiziere ohne Portepee (literally translated as "Petty (non-commissioned) officers without Sword-knot") is the designation for German junior non-commissioned officer
Non-commissioned officer
A non-commissioned officer , called a sub-officer in some countries, is a military officer who has not been given a commission...

s (NCOs) in the German army. The name is derived from earlier traditions in which German senior NCOs (Feldwebel
Feldwebel is a German military rank which has existed since at least the 18th century with usage as a title dating to the Middle Ages. The word Feldwebel is usually translated as sergeant being rated OR-6 in the NATO rank comparison scale, equivalent to the British Army Sergeant and the US Army...

) would carry the officer's sidearms (sword, sabre) with the officer's swordknot (made from silver or gold lace).

Ranks in this category:
  • Unteroffizier
    Unteroffizier is both a specific military rank as well as a collective term for non-commissioned officers of the German military that has existed since the 19th century. The rank existed as a title as early as the 17th century with the first widespread usage occurring in the Bavarian Army of the...

     (navy: Maat)
  • Stabsunteroffizier (navy: Obermaat, historical: Unterfeldwebel / Unterwachtmeister)
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