- This grade existed in some form in many cultures' rank arrangements, such as Earth's United States armed forces, and the militaries of
Old Britainand Germany. The US Army, US Marine Corps, and US Air Force all signified major generals with the insignia of two five-pointed stars.
- In the World War II-era German armed forces, the Wehrmacht equivalent of a major general, called Generalleutnant, wore an insignia of gold shoulder knots with a single metal pip. The SS equivalent of Gruppenführer wore insignia of tripled oak leaves with a single metal pip on the uniform lapel.
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