Leaders of the Storm Troops. Volume 1

Oberster SA-Führer, SA-Stabschef and SA-Obergruppenführer (B – J)

Michael Miller, Andreas Schulz

 
Date Published :
June 2015
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Illustration :
450 b/w photos
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781909982871
Pages : 650
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$79.95

Overview
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How did an Austrian-born misfit who had never risen higher in military service than the rank of lance-corporal attain mastery over Germany and most of Europe? Much of that dubious credit can be attributed to the actions of his earliest paramilitary army, the Sturmabteilungen (SA, Storm Troops), and the men chosen by the Führer to lead it. This series analyses the lives and careers of those men, the first volume covering 49 officers, 35 of whom were, like their leader, veterans of the First World War who had found themselves stunned, bitterly disillusioned, and in many cases unemployed and destitute in the aftermath of that four-year struggle. They eagerly sought the opportunity to return to uniform, battled the enemies of the Nazi Party in the streets of inter war Germany, and saw their efforts rewarded by their own leader’s betrayal, as he essentially decapitated his SA in favor of its own subordinate formation, Heinrich Himmler’s SS, in the ‘Night of the Long Knives’ (30 June –1 July 1934). But the SA did not end with that devastating blow, and despite its loss of prestige and power it was to play an important role in military training and internal security within and outside the borders of the Reich. During World War II, many of its leaders were tasked with administering occupied territories and representing Germany as ambassadors to other Axis nations. Still others, men of all SA ranks, served individually as members of the German armed forces, tens of thousands of them losing their lives on all fronts and many of them receiving the highest awards for bravery and leadership. Relying primarily on contemporary documentation, including the official personnel files of these men, Michael Miller and Andreas Schulz have compiled the first in-depth study yet produced on the SA leadership corps, a series designed to provide as comprehensive a picture as possible of the hauptamtlicher (full-time, actively serving) and ehrenamtlicher (honorary) SA-Führer.

About The Author
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Michael Miller was born in Torrance, California on 28 May 1971. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1989 to 1993, with assignments to USS Orion (AS-18) and the Port Services Department of Commander, Submarine Squadron 22 in La Maddalena, Sardinia as well as Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron TWO (VQ-2) in Rota, Spain. His interest in the Second World War dates back to 1978. Founder of the website Axis Biographical Research in 1999, he is the author or coauthor of the following: Leaders of the SS & German Police, Volume I: Reichsführer-SS – SS-Gruppenführer; Knight’s Cross Holders of the SS & German Police, 1940-1945; Knight’s Cross Holders of the SS & German Police, 1940-1945, Volume 1. With Andreas Schulz: The SS-Brigadeführer, 1933-1945; Gauleiter: The Regional Leaders of the Nazi Party and Their Deputies, Volume I; Leaders of the SS & German Police, Volume II. Reichsführer-SS – SS-Gruppenführer: HanHaltermann to Walter Krüger; Leaders of the Storm Troops, Volume I. Oberster SA-Führer, SA-Stabschef and SAObergruppenführer (B-J).

REVIEWS
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“This is another outstanding historical collective biographical reference works that we readers have come to expect from this prolific American-German team of Miller and Schulz... I’ll go out on a literary limb here and assert that this fine volume will never be surpassed!

- The Military Advisor

“ … “This is another outstanding historical collective biographical reference works that we readers have come to expect from this prolific American-German team of Miller and Schulz... I’ll go out on a literary limb here and assert that this fine volume will never be surpassed!”

- The Military Advisor, Winter 2017

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