Okay, I am in the process of taking a German History class and during my reading I have came across a couple of things which I find a little confusing. It may be my total lack of understanding of how the German military was structured for why I am confused, but I figured I would ask here. I have read in a couple of books now that Hitler was "decommisoned from the army". I have also read that he was Corporal in some books, while reading in others that he was a Lance Corporal. Here are my questions:
1.) Is the German military rank system structured so differently than Americas where a Corporal (who is an Non Commisoned officer in our American system) is actually a commisoned officer in Germany? If not, than why would he need to be "decommisoned" if he was just an NCO?
2.) Did Hitler get out of the military as a Corporal or Lance Corporal? At least in the American Marine Corps system, there is a huge difference between the two ranks.