by Rudolf Schlossberg

Copyright 2012 Rudolf Schlossberg - Smashwords Edition


The Waffen-SS, the armed wing of the Nazi party’s SS security organization, was formed in 1933 by Sepp Dietrich as the “Sonderkommando Berlin”. Originally a bodyguard unit for the protection of Hitler, it quickly grew in numbers; by November 1933 the original 120-man unit was 800 men strong. Renamed “Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler”, its men murdered many of Hitler’s political opponents in the rival SA in the Night of Long Knives in 1934. 82 men fell victim to the Leibstandarte, including almost the entire SA leadership.

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