The Early Runic Shield of
The origins of the infamous
“Protection Squads” (Schutzstaffeln
or “SS”) can be traced back to the early days of the Storm Troopers (Sturmabteilung-SA).
In January 1931 Ernst Röhm
established a number of Staff Guards (Stabswachen) to protect key
leaders of the SA and the National Socialist Party. In order to
protect himself, Röhm
established his own Staff Guard (Stabswache der Obersten SA-Führung).
In addition he provided a Staff Guard for Hermann Göring
as well as for Adolf Hitler (Standarte Adolf Hitler). Hitler's
primary goal was to establish a regiment of dedicated men that would
protect him in the event his leadership was challenged by other
National Socialist Party members including Röhm.
was murdered and the SA purged, Hitler disbanded all of the Staff
Guards except for his own which was renamed "SA-Standarte Adolf
Hitler." This elite guard unit later became the "SS-Leibstandarte
Adolf Hitler" (LAH) in September 1933.
LAH independently fielded combat troops during the campaign against
Poland. Elements later joined the
prior to the invasion of Russia in 1941.
Although not commonly
known by today's collectors, units comprising the
SS-VT were not collectively known as the “Waffen-SS” until a speech by Adolf Hitler in July 1940. In 1941 the Division SS-Leibstandarte
Adolf Hitler joined the combined field units of SS-VT thereafter known
as the Waffen-SS.
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