The Allgemeine-SS

The Allgemeine-SS

Men-at-Arms 266
  • Author: Robin Lumsden
  • Illustrator: Paul Hannon
  • Short code: MAA 266
  • Publication Date: 25 Nov 1993
  • ISBN: 9781855323582
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 48
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About this Product

The SS originated as Hitler's personal bodyguard and following his rise to power in 1933 the organisation divided into two: the Waffen-SS, which comprised the military wing, and the Allgemeine-SS, whose role was to support the police in maintaining order. The Allgemeine-SS had a wide-ranging effect on all aspects of life in Nazi Germany, from enforcing Hitler's racial policies through to the running of over 500 factories in Germany and occupied Europe. While the more visible armed SS combat units naturally received all the publicity, especially during the war, it was the rather faceless Allgemeine-SS which wielded the real power.

Biographical Note

Robin Lumsden lives in Fife, Scotland and is an Inspector with the local constabulary. His life-long interest in military memorabilia, especially that of Nazi Germany, has resulted in several definitive works on the subject. Paul Hannon is based in London and is a highly experienced military artist who has produced artwork for several Osprey volumes, including Resistance Warfare and The Royal Marines.


Introduction Early History Role of the SS Organisation SS Symbolism Uniforms and Insignia SS-Police The Germanic-SS The Plates

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