A New History of Hitler's Brownshirts

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"Germany's Stormtroopers engaged in a vicious siege of violence that propelled the National Socialists to power in the 1930s. Known also as the SA or Brownshirts, these "ordinary" men waged a loosely structured campaign of intimidation and savagery across the nation from the 1920s to the "Night of the Long Knives" in 1934, when Chief of Staff Ernst Röhm and many other SA leaders were assassinated on Hitler's orders. In this deeply researched history, Daniel Siemens explores not only the roots of the SA and its swift decapitation but also its previously unrecognized transformation into a million-member Nazi organization, its activities in German-occupied territories during World War II, and its particular contributions to the Holocaust. The author provides portraits of individual members and their victims and examines their milieu, culture, and ideology. His book tells the long-overdue story of the SA and its devastating impact on German citizens and the fate of their country."--Publisher's description.
Published: New Haven :, Yale University Press,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780300196818
Branch Call Number: 943.086 SIE
Characteristics: xli, 459 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations ;,25 cm


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Mar 30, 2019

Exhaustively researched by American history professor, Daniel Siemens - "Stormtroopers" is a truly shocking revelation of all of the violence, brutality, and intimidation that the SA (aka. Brownshirts) resorted to before and during Nazi rule in Germany.

Consisting of mainly ex-soldiers - The SA rose to being nearly 1 million strong at the very height of their horrendous, freewheeling reign in the cities and towns.

This book is a fascinating historical document of unprecedented tyranny that could have only happened at a time during a worldwide economic depression. It also includes a 16-page photo gallery.

Feb 23, 2019

Yes. Those nasty and cruel-minded Stormtroopers whose destructive acts of deliberate violence and intimidation certainly had a long history in Germany, spanning from 1921-1945.

And, of course, when Hitler came into power in 1933 - These feared brownshirts were a literal army of 1 million strong who, without conscience, gleefully carried out the Fuhrer's dirty work against the Jews and those who were, otherwise, opposed to the Nazis.

Written by Daniel Siemens - This fascinating, well-researched book is certainly another eye-opening chapter in the reign of terror (by these stormtroopers) that had swept all across Germany, and beyond.


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