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Flag Schutzstaffel

The SS symbol, two white oblique Sig Runes on black

The Schutzstaffel (SS) was a major paramilitary organization of the Third Reich. It was headed by Heinrich Himmler.

In Wolfenstein gamesEdit

Generic Schutzstaffel enemies may be found in the three major Wolfenstein games: 

Specific membersEdit

  • Reichsführer (originally a title): Heinrich Himmler - Absolute chief of the SS.
  • Obergruppenführer: Wilhelm "Deathshead" Strasse - Leader of the SS Special Projects Division. A gifted researcher and doctor behind both the Lopers, and the Super Soldiers, towering cyborg soldiers that were heavily armed and armored. The only known SS character make it in The New Order.
  • Obergruppenführer: Viktor Zetta - one of the SS Paranormal Division leader after the deaths of its major leaders and Operation Resurrection's failure. He leads the research on Black Sun Dimension. Assassinated in Isenstadt.
  • Obergruppenführer Statz - an important member of the SS managing the warehouse of Isenstadt. Assassinated in Isenstadt.
  • Oberführer: Marianna Blavatsky - one of the SS Paranormal Division leaders. Woman with a great knowledge of occult power. Died during the return of Heinrich I.
  • Oberführer: Helga Von Bulow - one of the SS Paranormal Division leaders and the pupil of Marianna Blavatsky. She created the Elite Guard special unit. Died during the encounter with Olaric.
  • Hauptsturmführer: Hans Grosse - imposing and ruthless engineer and Wilhelm "Deathshead" Strasse's personal bodyguard after Operation Resurrection's failure. He acted as the final boss in Wolfenstein.
  • Hauptsturmführer: Richter - one of the SS Paranormal Division leader after the deaths of its major leaders and Operation Resurrection's failure. He is the right hand of Viktor Zetta.

Fictional divisionsEdit

The organization itselfEdit

The Schutzstaffel (Defense Squadron), often abbreviated SS, was a paramilitary organization during the Third Reich. Built upon the Nazi ideology, the SS grew from a small paramilitary formation to one of the largest and most powerful organizations in the Third Reich, under the command of Heinrich Himmler between 1929 and 1945. The SS were responsible for some of the worst Nazi atrocities, including the driving force behind the Holocaust.


A Totenkopf (death head), an insignia of the SS

The SS has its own rank structure, unit insignia, and uniforms; the most recognizable being the all-black uniform. Within the main division, it exist several sub-divisions some with overlapping duties while other SS commands had little to no contact with each other.

Ranking systemsEdit

The SS uses special ranks based on those of the army. Almost each rank having its army equivalent.

SS-General Officers


The Reichsführer was both a title and a rank, and the highest rank of the SS. It is considered the equivalent of a Field marshal and there is never more than one Reichsführer at any one time, with Heinrich Himmler holding the position from 1934 until 1945.


The Oberst-gruppenführer is the highest SS rank with the exception of Reichsführer. It is considered the equivalent of an Army General. This rank did not exist until 1942.


The Obergruppenführer is the third highest SS rank. It is considered the equivalent of a General. Two famous Obergruppenführer are Wilhelm "Deathshead" Strasse and Viktor Zetta.


The Gruppenführer is the fourth highest SS rank. It is considered the equivalent of a Lieutenant General.


The Brigadeführer is the fifth highest SS rank. It is considered the equivalent of a Major General.


The Oberführer is the first general officer rank. It is considered the equivalent of a Brigadier General. Marianna Blavatsky is a famous Oberführer.


  • The SS soldiers in Wolfenstein 3D makes an appearance in Doom 2's two secret levels, and in the "Nightmare!" easter egg in Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • All Officers in the New Order are ether Hauptsturmführer or Oberscharführer


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