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Probably correct. But often confused with Stellvertreter Chef or Kommandeur. A variant on this theme are the Luftwaffe terms, (1) Staffelkapitän, and (2) Staffelführer. The former (Staffelkapitän) was the unequivocal commander of the squadron by virtue of formal appointment and rank. But it was often the case, particularly in fighter units, where there was another officer in the Staffel who was more experienced in the air and in whom the other pilots had more trust and faith regarding his judgement in combat. So it was this officer who usually led the Staffel in the air and directed its movements in combat. He carried the title Staffelführer. Sometimes the Staffelführer was the same rank as the Staffelkapitän and there are rare occasions where he was a rank higher. But in the great majority of cases he was a rank lower.tigre wrote:Hello to all ; AFAIK when an officer was called Chef, he got the assigment (was assigned to that post by his superiors) and when he was called Führer (leader), normally he was acting commander of that unit/ coy/ Platoon. For example because the assigned chef was casualty and the führer followed him in rank or he has not the rank for that assigment....my opinion. Cheers. Raúl M .