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SA vs SS

SA vs SS

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Published by Narendran Sairam
This essay compares the SA and the SS during the Nazi Regime.
This essay compares the SA and the SS during the Nazi Regime.

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Published by: Narendran Sairam on Dec 04, 2010
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 Narendran Sairam Nazi GermanyOctober 3
rd
, 2010Term One Take Home Test
The SA vs. the SS 
Like the parents and children in a family, The Sturmabteilung or the SA and theSchutzstaffel also known as the SS had plenty of differences and similarities betweeneach other. While the two were held together by their purpose and some other smallthings they had numerous differences that set them apart.The Sturmabteilung was started by Ernst Rohm in 1921 to provide Hitler with anarmy to march behind him, to protect him as he gained power and enemies and to supporthis rise to power. The SA was divided in large formations called Gruppen which weredivided into Brigaden and each of the Brigaden were divided into Standarten. There wasat least one standarten stationed in every major city. The entire set up was run in amilitary fashion: disciplined and loyal. The headquarters of the SA was located inStuttgart and it operated under the name of Oberste SA Fuhrung. This main office, hadnumerous branches in every single city that handled the supply of arms and supplies, thefinance and the recruitment. Within a few months the SA had a very strong base andexercised strong control over Nazi Germany.The SA, grew strong and powerful under Rohm but, to Hitler’s uneasiness, the SAremained independent of the Nazi party which meant that it was not completely under Hitler’s control. After the famous Beer Hall Putsch in 1923, the SA and the Nazi partyitself was banned and both lost power. In 1925, when Hitler, using his influence, brought, both his party and the SA to power but this time he made sure that the SA was asubordinate of the party.The Schutzstaffel was founded specifically to protect the party headquarters andHitler. Initially it was a small Gruppe of the SA and had the same purposes. The membersof the SS, originally formed under Julius Schreck in 1923, were selected according tovery stringent conditions. After the Putsch, from about 1925 to 1929, the numbers of theSS fell dramatically. Following Schreck’s leadership, the SS went through numerousleaders but none were able to better the small force. On January 6
th
, 1929, Hitler appointed close friend, Himmler as the leader of the SS. Within a year, Himmler 

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