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Ground Forces Rank Comparison Between Countries

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  Reichsmarschall, Marshal of the Empire   Primo Maresciallo dell'Impero, First Marshal of the Empire            
Yiji Shangjiang, General First Class Generalfeldmarschall, Field Marshal Reichsführer Maresciallo d'Italia, Marshal of Italy   Gensui, Field Marshal Marshal of the Soviet Union General Commissar of State Security General of the Army  
Erji Shangjiang, General Second Class Generaloberst, Colonel General Oberstgruppenführer Generale d'Armata   Taisho, General Marshal of [type of unit] State Security Commissar of 1st Rank General General
Zhongjiang, Lieutenant General General der [type of unit], General of [type of unit] Generaloberst, Colonel General Generale di Corpo d'Armata Comandante Generale Chujo, Lieutenant General Colonel General State Security Commissar of 2nd Rank Lieutenant General Lieutenant General
Shaojiang, Major General Generalleutnant, Lieutenant General Gruppenführer Generale di Divisione Luogotenente Generale Shosho, Major General Lieutenant General State Security Commissar of 3rd Rank Major General Major General
Zhunjiang, Brigadier General Generalmajor, Major General Brigadeführer Generale di Brigata Console Generale   Major General State Security Commissar Brigadier General Brigadier General
              State Security Colonel    
    Oberführer         State Security Lieutenant Colonel    
Shangxiao, Colonel Oberst, Colonel Standartenführer Colonnello, Colonel Console Taisa, Colonel Colonel State Security Major Colonel Colonel
Zhongxiao, Lieutenant Colonel Oberstleutnant, Lieutenant Colonel Obersturmbannführer Tenente Colonnello Primo Seniore Chusa, Lieutenant Colonel Lieutenant Colonel State Security Captain Lieutenant Colonel Lieutenant Colonel
Shaoxiao, Sub-Colonel Major Sturmbannführer Maggiore Seniore Shosa, Major Major State Security Senior Lieutenant Major Major
        Primo Centurione          
Shangwei, Upper Lieutenant Hauptmann, Captain Hauptsturmführer Capitano Centurione Taii, Captain Captain State Security Lieutenant Captain Captain
        Primo Capo Manipolo          
Zhongwei, Lieutenant Oberleutnant, Senior Lieutenant Obersturmführer Primo Tenente Capo Manipolo Chui, Lieutenant Senior Lieutenant State Security Junior Lieutenant First Lieutenant First Lieutenant
Shaowei, Sub-Lieutenant Leutnant Untersturmführer Tenente Sotto Capo Manipolo Shoi, Sub-Lieutenant Lieutenant   Second Lieutenant Second Lieutenant
Zhunwei, Brigadier Lieutenant       Primo Aiutante, Warrant Officer 1st Class Juni, Warrant Officer   State Security Sergeant    
        Aiutante Capo, Head Warrant Officer         Chief Warrant Officer
        Aiutante, Warrant Officer         Warrant Officer
  Stabfeldwebel Sturmscharführer     Socho, Sergeant Major     Sergeant Major Sergeant Major/Master Gunnery Sergeant
  Oberfähnrich Standarten-Oberjunker              
Shangshi, Upper Sergeant Oberfeldwebel Hauptscharführer           Master Sergeant First Sergeant/Master Sergeant
  Feldwebel Oberscharführer           Technical Sergeant Gunnery Sergeant
  Fähnrich Standartenjunker              
  Unterfeldwebel Scharführer   Primo Capo Squadra       Staff Sergeant Staff Sergeant
Zhongshi, Sergeant Unteroffizier Unterscharführer   Capo Squadra Gunso, Sergeant     Sergeant Sergeant
Xiashi, Sub-Sergeant Obergefreiter Rottenführer   Vice Capo Squadra Gocho, Corporal     Corporal Corporal
  Gefreiter Sturmann     Gocho Kimmu Jotohei, Acting Corporal       Lance Corporal
        Camicia Nera Scelta Heicho        
          Jotohei (Superior Private)        
          Jotohei Kimmusha (Acting Superior Private)        
Shangdengbing, Private Upper Class Oberschütze/Obergrenadier Oberschütze     Ittohei, Private First Class     Private First Class Private First Class
Yidengbing, Private First Class Schütze/Grenadier Schütze   Camicia Nera, Blackshirt Nitohei, Private Second Class     Private Private
Erdengbing, Private Second Class                  

Sources:
Vadim Birstein, SMERSH
Wikipedia






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