In the early 1920s, a tiny group was formed within the SA to serve
as Hitler's personal bodyguard. Originally labelled the
"Stosstruppe Adolf Hitler," they later became known as the SS –
Schutz Staffeln, or "protection squads." From these humble
beginnings, the SS rose to a nominal strength of 38 divisions of
over 800,000 men by 1945, representing a sizeable portion of
Germany's land forces and more importantly a quarter of her tank
forces and a... more...