Hitler’s Storm troopers, The SA, The Nazis’ Brown shirts, 1922-1945

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In Germany, after 1918, armed units were operated by political 
Parties and political groups as a standard element of their 
structure. This book provides an insight into the Sturmabteilung 
der NSDAP. It is carefully researched and illustrated by sketches 
and drawings. Essential reading for anyone wishing to understand 
the political scene in Germany between the World Wars, and the 
rise of the Nazi Party, Recommended.

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NAME: Hitler's Storm troopers, The SA, The Nazis' Brown shirts, 
1922-1945
FILE: R2392
AUTHOR:  Jean-Denis Lepage
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, frontline
BINDING: hard back 
PAGES:  297
PRICE: £25.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Black Reichswehr, SA, SS, Sturmabteilung, Rohm, Hitler, 
Himmler, Night of the Long Knives, Crystal Night, Heidrich, NSDAP
ISBN: 1-84832-425-1
IMAGE: B2392.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: In Germany, after 1918, armed units were operated by 
political Parties and political groups as a standard element of their 
structure. This book provides an insight into the Sturmabteilung 
der NSDAP. It is carefully researched and illustrated by sketches 
and drawings. Essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the 
political scene in Germany between the World Wars, and the rise of 
the Nazi Party, Recommended.

After 1918, Germany was almost constantly on the verge of civil war. 
The Communists attempted a number of coups from the ending of 
hostilities, provoking a backlash from the political right. 
Unemployed soldiers flocked to the Black Reichswehr to fight armed 
communists. They were equipped as a field army and included artillery 
and other support weapons. They toured Germany searching 
communists to attack and were often invited by local government 
leaders to come and 'sort out' communists and other political groups 
in their local areas.

Hitler joined the NSDAP and rapidly became its acknowledged leader. 
He was keen to build his own paramilitary power base and the result 
was the SA. They were modelled on the WWI storm/assault battalions 
with their own uniform, structure and rank titles. They did have 
access to infantry arms but were not intended to follow the Black 
Reichswehr as a fully armed military force capable of fighting set 
piece battles. The SA were primarily there to strike fear into anyone 
who did not support the growing Nazi Party.

Ernst Rohm led the SA, but his differences of opinion with Hitler 
developed to the point where Hitler saw him as a threat and dealt 
accordingly. The bloody  purge of the SA in June 1934, the Night of 
the Long Knives, resulted in Rohm and many other SA leaders being 
killed and the SA reduced significantly. Essentially, the conflicting 
ambitions of Rohm and Himmler were settled in Himmler's favour, the 
SS effectively replacing the rump of the SA.

There have been a number of contending theories and beliefs about 
the role of the SA, its relationship to Hitler and the rise of the 
NAZI Party. The author has revealed the history of the SA and 
provided assertions, conclusions and insight. More than 100 
illustrations support the text very effectively. Whether this book 
will completely settle all contending views of the SA remains to be 
seen, but it advances credible accounts.

When the NSDAP was growing, and coming under Hitler's control, it 
was subject to important changes. Hitler had already formed a policy 
of gaining power through the ballot box after his initial and 
unsuccessful attempt at gaining power by putsch. Those leading the 
SA were still thinking of gaining power through revolution and that 
was a significant difference that could not easily be overcome. As 
Hitler and the SA diverged, Rohm increasingly saw himself as the 
future leader and the poisonous NAZI Party environment, with Hitler 
often encouraging internal conflict, was inevitably going to lead 
to one side winning by force.

This book is the most effective account of the SA within the NAZI 
Party to have been published. This is a field were one can never say 
that a definitive book cannot be equalled or bettered in the future, 
but that seems unlikely.