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What was Hitler's SS?

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Answered 2006-08-28 15:41:57

The SS(Shutzstaffel) or Praetorian Guard was Hitler's personal bodyguard unit. Constructed after the takeover of Germany, the SS was led by SS-Reichsfuhrer Heinrich Himmler who inducted ceremonial rites and codes into the military division. On the Night of the Long Knives, the SS was used to murder Chief of Staff of the SA Ernst Rohm and other high SA officials. Afterwards, the SS was the primary fighting force and military power of the Nazi regime. The men incorporated into the SS were the "elite". The SS was based on absolute loyalty to the Fuhrer. There were two main branches of the SS. The Waffen-SS, the fighting unit, and the Allgemeine-SS, more or less the reservists. There were also the subdivisions of the SS such as the Einsatzgruppen, the death squads who killed the occupants of the invaded countries, and the SS-Totenkopfverb

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