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The Allgemeine SS
Allgemeine SS
(General SS) was the most numerous branch of the Schutzstaffel
Schutzstaffel
(SS) paramilitary forces of Nazi Germany, and it was managed by the SS Main Office
SS Main Office
(SS-Hauptamt). The Allgemeine SS
Allgemeine SS
was officially established in the autumn of 1934 to distinguish its members from the SS-Verfügungstruppe
SS-Verfügungstruppe
(SS Dispositional Troops or SS-VT) which later became the Waffen-SS, and the SS-Totenkopfverbände (SS Death's Head Units or SS-TV) which managed the Nazi concentration camps. Starting in 1939, foreign units of the Allgemeine SS
Allgemeine SS
were raised in occupied countries. From 1940 they were consolidated into the Directorate of the Germanic-SS
Germanic-SS
(Leitstelle der germanischen SS). When the war first began, the vast majority of SS members belonged to the Allgemeine SS, but this proportion changed during the later years of the war after the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS
opened up membership to ethnic Germans and non-Germans.

Contents

1 Early years 2 Formation and service 3 Hierarchy and structure

3.1 Full time SS personnel 3.2 SS regional units 3.3 Security forces 3.4 Concentration camp personnel 3.5 Other units 3.6 Ranks

4 Total manpower

4.1 Order of battle

5 See also 6 References

6.1 Citations 6.2 Bibliography

Early years[edit] Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
in 1925 ordered Julius Schreck
Julius Schreck
to organise the formation of a new bodyguard unit, the Schutzkommando ("Protection Command").[1] Hitler wanted a small group of tough ex-soldiers like Schreck, who would be loyal to him. The unit included old Stoßtrupp members like Emil Maurice
Emil Maurice
and Erhard Heiden.[2][3] The unit made its first public appearance on 4 April 1925. That same year, the Schutzkommando was expanded to a national level. It was also successively renamed the Sturmstaffel ("Storm Squadron") and then finally the Schutzstaffel ("Protection Squadron"; SS) on 9 November 1925.[4] The SS was subordinated to the SA and thus a subunit of the SA and the NSDAP. It was considered to be an elite organization by both party members and the general population. The main task of the SS was the personal protection of the Führer
Führer
of the Nazi Party, Adolf Hitler. In 1925 the SS had only 200 active members and in 1926, it ended the year with the same number.[5][6] There were 280 members in 1928 as the SS continued to struggle under the SA.[7] After Heinrich Himmler
Heinrich Himmler
took over the SS in January 1929, he worked to separate the SS from the SA.[8] By December 1929, the number of SS members had grown to 1,000.[9] Himmler began to systematically develop and expand the SS with stricter requirements for members as well as a general purge of SS members who were identified as drunkards, criminals, or otherwise undesirable for service in the SS. Himmler's ultimate aim was to turn the SS into the most powerful organization in Germany
Germany
and most influential branch of the party.[10] By 1930 Himmler had persuaded Hitler to run the SS as a separate organisation, although it was officially still subordinate to the SA.[11] Formation and service[edit] After the Machtergreifung
Machtergreifung
(seizure of power) by the NSDAP in January 1933, the SS began to expand into a massive organization. By the end of 1932 it included over 52,000 members.[5] By December 1933 the SS increased to 204,000 members and Himmler ordered a temporary freeze on recruitment.[5] On 20 April 1934, Göring and Himmler agreed to put aside their differences, largely because of their mutual hatred of the SA. Göring transferred control of the Gestapo
Gestapo
to Himmler, who was also named chief of all German police forces outside Prussia. Two days later Himmler named Reinhard Heydrich
Reinhard Heydrich
the head of the Gestapo.[12] The SS was further cemented when both it and the Gestapo
Gestapo
participated in the destruction of the SA during the Night of the Long Knives
Night of the Long Knives
from 30 June to 2 July 1934. They either killed or arrested every major SA leader, above all Ernst Röhm.[13] Himmler was later named the chief of all German police in June, 1936, [14] and the Gestapo
Gestapo
was incorporated with the Kripo (Criminal Police) into sub-branches of the SiPo. Heydrich was made head of the SiPo and continued as chief of the SD.[15] In August 1934, Himmler received permission from Hitler to form a new organisation from the SS Sonderkommandos and the Politischen Bereitschaften, the SS-Verfügungstruppe
SS-Verfügungstruppe
(SS-VT). This was a standing armed military force, which in war was to be subordinate to the Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
("Armed Forces"), but remained under Himmler's control in times of peace and under Hitler's personal control regardless. According to this restructure, the SS now housed three different subordinate commands:

Allgemeine-SS, SS-Verfügungstruppe
SS-Verfügungstruppe
(SS-VT)[16] SS-Wachverbände, known as the SS-Totenkopfverbände
SS-Totenkopfverbände
(SS-TV) from 29 March 1936, forward[17][18]

Himmler further conducted additional purges of the SS to exclude those deemed to be opportunists, alcoholics, homosexuals, or of uncertain racial status. This "house cleaning" removed some 60,000 SS members by December 1935. By 1939, the SS was again up to an estimated 240,000 members.[19] By the outbreak of World War II in Europe, the SS had solidified into its final form. Correspondingly, the term "SS" could be applied to three separate organizations, mainly the Allgemeine SS, SS-Totenkopfverbände
SS-Totenkopfverbände
and the Waffen-SS, which until July 1940 was officially known as the SS-VT.[16][20] When the war first began, the vast majority of SS members belonged to the Allgemeine SS, but this statistic changed during the later stages of the war when the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS
opened up membership for non-Germans.[21][22] Further, with Himmler as Chief of the German Police, the SS also controlled the uniformed Ordnungspolizei
Ordnungspolizei
(Order Police).[14] Hierarchy and structure[edit] The term Allgemeine-SS referred to the "General-SS," meaning those units of the SS considered "main, regular, or standard." By 1938, the Allgemeine-SS was administratively divided into several main sections:

Full-time officers and members of the main SS departments, including the RSHA Part-time volunteer members of SS regional units SS security forces, e.g., the Sicherheitspolizei
Sicherheitspolizei
(SiPo – Gestapo & Kripo) and Sicherheitsdienst
Sicherheitsdienst
(SD) Concentration Camp staffs of the Totenkopfverbände Reserve, honorary or otherwise inactive SS members

After World War II
World War II
began, the lines between the Allgemeine-SS and the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS
became increasingly blurred, due largely to the Allgemeine-SS headquarters offices having administrative and supply command over the Waffen-SS. By 1940, all of the Allgemeine-SS had been issued grey war-time uniforms. Himmler ordered that the all-black uniforms be turned in for use by others. They were sent east where they were used by auxiliary police units and west to be used by Germanic-SS
Germanic-SS
units such as the ones in the Netherlands
Netherlands
and Denmark. Full time SS personnel[edit] Approximately one third of the Allgemeine-SS were considered "full time" meaning that they received a salary as government employees, were employed full-time in an SS office, and performed SS duties as their primary occupation. The vast majority of such full-time SS personnel were assigned to the main SS offices that were considered part of the Allgemeine-SS. By 1942, these main offices managed all activities of the SS and were divided as follows:[23][24]

Hauptamt Persönlicher Stab Reichsführer-SS
Reichsführer-SS
(Personal Staff of the Reich Leader SS; HaPerStab) SS-Hauptamt
SS-Hauptamt
(Main Administrative Office; SS-HA) SS-Führungshauptamt (SS Main Operational Office; SS-FHA) Reichssicherheitshauptamt
Reichssicherheitshauptamt
(Reich Main Security Office; RSHA) Wirtschafts- und Verwaltungshauptamt (Economic and Administration Main Office; SS-WVHA) Ordnungspolizei
Ordnungspolizei
Hauptamt (Main Office of the Order Police) Hauptamt SS-Gericht
Hauptamt SS-Gericht
(Main Office of SS Legal Matters; HA SS-Gericht) SS-Rasse- und Siedlungshauptamt
SS-Rasse- und Siedlungshauptamt
(SS Office of Race and Settlement; RuSHA) SS-Personalhauptamt (SS Personnel Main Office; SS PHA) Hauptamt Volksdeutsche Mittelstelle
Hauptamt Volksdeutsche Mittelstelle
(Racial German Assistance Main Office; VOMI) SS-Schulungsamt (SS Education Office) Hauptamt Reichskommissar für die Festigung Deutschen Volkstums (Main Office of the Reich Commissioner for the Consolidation of German Nationhood; RKFDV)

Main office commanders and staff were exempt from military conscription. Although many, such as Heydrich, served as reservists in the regular German military. Main office members did join the Waffen-SS, where they could accept a lower rank and serve in active combat or be listed as inactive reservists. By 1944, with Germany's looming defeat, the draft exemption for the Allgemeine-SS main offices was lifted and many junior members were ordered into combat with senior members assuming duties as Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS
generals. SS regional units[edit] The core of the Allgemeine-SS were part-time mustering formations spread throughout Germany. Members in these regional units would typically meet once a week in uniform, as well as participate in various Nazi Party
Nazi Party
functions. Activities including drill and ideological instruction, marching in parades, and providing security at various Nazi party rallies. Regional SS units were organized into commands known as SS-Oberabschnitt meaning "SS-Senior Sector" responsible for commanding a (region), which were subordinate to the SS-HA;[25] SS-Abschnitt (SS-Sector) was the next lower level of command, responsible for administrating a (District);[26] Standarten (regiment), which were the basic units of the Allgemeine-SS.[27] Before 1934, SS personnel received no pay and their work was completely voluntarily. After 1933, the Oberabschnitt commanders and their staff became regarded as "full time" but the rank and file of the Allgemeine-SS were still part-time only. Regular Allgemeine-SS personnel were also not exempt from conscription and many were called up to serve in the Wehrmacht. By 1942, most of the part-time Allgemeine-SS had either joined the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS
or had been conscripted into the regular German military. The senior levels of the Abschnitte and Oberabschnitte were considered draft exempt, but most of these SS leaders and staff were themselves merged into the offices of the SS and Police Leaders
SS and Police Leaders
which were considered as quasi-military commands with Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS
authority, although on paper still part of the Allgemeine-SS. Draft exemption for these senior leadership staffs was itself lifted in 1944, and most of the remaining Allgemeine-SS personnel were assigned to the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS
as reservists. Security forces[edit]

1939 photograph; shown from left to right are Franz Josef Huber, Arthur Nebe, Heinrich Himmler, Reinhard Heydrich
Reinhard Heydrich
and Heinrich Müller. According to the archival caption, these men are planning the investigation of the bomb assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
of 8 November 1939 in Munich.

In 1936, the state security police forces of the Gestapo
Gestapo
and Kripo (Criminal Police) were consolidated. The combined forces were folded into the Sicherheitspolizei
Sicherheitspolizei
(SiPo) and placed under the central command of Reinhard Heydrich, already chief of the party Sicherheitsdienst
Sicherheitsdienst
(SD).[14] Later from 27 September 1939 forward, the SD, Gestapo, and Kripo were folded into the Reich Main Security Office (RSHA) which was placed under Heydrich's control.[28] As a functioning state agency, the SiPo ceased to exist. The ordinary uniformed German police, known as the Ordnungspolizei
Ordnungspolizei
(Orpo) were also under SS control after 1936 but never incorporated into the Allgemeine-SS, although many police members were also dual SS members.[14] The death squad units of the Einsatzgruppen
Einsatzgruppen
were formed under the direction of Heydrich and operated by the SS before and during World War II.[29] In September 1939, they operated in territories occupied by the German armed forces following the invasion of Poland. Men for the units were drawn from the SS, the SD, and the police.[30] Originally part of the SiPo, in late September 1939 the operational control of the Einsatzgruppen
Einsatzgruppen
was taken over by the RSHA. When the units were re-formed prior to the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, the men of the Einsatzgruppen
Einsatzgruppen
were drawn from the SD, Gestapo, Kripo, Orpo, civilian (SS auxiliary) and Waffen-SS.[31] All Einsatzgruppen
Einsatzgruppen
personnel wore grey Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS
type uniforms. During World War II, security force personnel were deemed as performing "essential duties" to the Reich and thus were exempt from conscription into military service. Many such personnel, however, typically joined the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS
or served in the Wehrmacht
Wehrmacht
military reserve. SS-Lieutenant Colonel Adolf Eichmann, for instance, was an Untersturmführer
Untersturmführer
in the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS
Reserve while Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Kappler
Herbert Kappler
was a Reserve Feldwebel (sergeant) in the German Army. As Germany
Germany
began losing World War II, the draft exemption for security forces was slowly lifted, although due to the nature of the Nazi regime, there was a constant need for security personnel up until the very end in 1945. For this reason, many Gestapo, SD, and Kripo members who served as reservists never saw combat until the very last days of the war, if at all. Concentration camp personnel[edit] All Concentration Camp staffs were originally part of the Allgemeine-SS under the office of the Concentration Camps Inspectorate (Inspektion der Konzentrationslager or IKL). First headed by Theodor Eicke, the Concentration Camp personnel were formed into the SS-Wachverbände in 1933, which later became known as the SS-Totenkopfverbände
SS-Totenkopfverbände
(SS-TV). Thereafter, the unit increasingly became divided into the camp service proper and the military Totenkopf formation controlled by the SS-VT (the early Waffen-SS).[32][17]

Jews from Carpathian Ruthenia
Carpathian Ruthenia
arriving at Auschwitz concentration camp, 1944

As the Nazi regime
Nazi regime
became more oppressive and World War II
World War II
escalated, the concentration camp system grew in size, lethal operation, and scope as the economic ambitions of the SS intensified.[33] Intensification of the killing operations took place in late 1941 when the SS began construction of stationary gassing facilities to replace the use of Einsatzgruppen
Einsatzgruppen
for mass killings.[34][35] Victims at these new extermination camps were killed with the use of carbon monoxide gas from automobile engines.[36] During Operation Reinhard, three death camps were built in occupied Poland: Bełżec (operational by March 1942), Sobibór (operational by May 1942), and Treblinka
Treblinka
(operational by July 1942).[37] On Himmler's orders, by early 1942 the concentration camp at Auschwitz was greatly expanded to include the addition of gas chambers, where victims were killed using the pesticide Zyklon B.[38][39] After 1942, the entire camp service was placed under the authority of the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS
for a variety of administrative and logistical reasons. The ultimate command authority for the camp system during World War II was the SS-Wirtschafts-Verwaltungshauptamt
SS-Wirtschafts-Verwaltungshauptamt
(WHVA) under Oswald Pohl. Beside the camp operations, the WHVA was the organization responsible for managing the finances, supply systems and business projects for the Allgemeine-SS.[40][41] By 1944, with the concentration camps fully integrated with the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS
and under the control of the WVHA, a standard practice developed to rotate SS members in and out of the camps, based on manpower needs and also to give assignments to wounded Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS
officers and soldiers who could no longer serve in front-line combat.[42] This rotation of personnel is the main argument that nearly the entire SS knew of the concentration camps, and what actions were committed within, making the entire organization liable for war crimes and crimes against humanity.[43] Other units[edit] By late 1940 the Allgemeine-SS also controlled the Germanische SS, which were collaborationist organizations modeled after the Allgemeine-SS in several Western European countries. The Allgemeine-SS also consisted of the SS-Frauenkorps was an auxiliary reporting and clerical unit,[44] which included the SS-Helferinnenkorps (Women Helper Corps), made up of female volunteers. Members were assigned as administrative staff and supply personnel, and served in command positions and as guards at women's concentration camps in places such as Ravensbrück concentration camp.[45][46] Like their male equivalents in the SS, females participated in atrocities against Jews, Poles, and others.[47] In 1942, Himmler set up the Reichsschule für SS Helferinnen (Reich school for SS helpers) in Oberehnheim
Oberehnheim
to train women in communications so that they could free up men for combat roles. Himmler also intended to replace all female civilian employees in his service with SS-Helferinnen members, as they were selected and trained according to NSDAP ideology.[48][49] The school was closed on 22 November 1944 due to the Allied advance.[50] Ranks[edit] The ranks of the Allgemeine SS
Allgemeine SS
and the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS
were based upon those of the SA and used the same titles. However, there was a distinctly separate hierarchical subdivisions of the larger Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS
from its general-SS counterpart and an SS member could in fact hold two separate SS ranks. For instance, in 1940 Hermann Fegelein
Hermann Fegelein
held the Allgemeine SS
Allgemeine SS
rank of a Standartenführer
Standartenführer
(full colonel), yet was only ranked a Obersturmbannführer
Obersturmbannführer
(lieutenant colonel) in the Waffen-SS.[51] If this same SS member were an architectural engineer, then the SS-Hauptamt
SS-Hauptamt
would issue a third rank of SS-Sonderführer. SS members could also hold reserve commissions in the regular military as well as a Nazi Party
Nazi Party
political rank. Add to this that many senior SS members were also employees of the Reich government in capacities as ministers, deputies, etc., and an SS member could in the end have as many as five ranks in various organizations as well as a number of additional titles. Per one SS historian:

Multiple and overlapping commands were very commonplace ... A man could hold one post while temporarily assigned to another and hold rank in the Allgemeine-SS, Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS
and Polizei simultaneously ... I'm thoroughly convinced even Berlin
Berlin
was not 100% sure who was in certain positions at exact points in time, confirmed by individual BDC ( Berlin
Berlin
Document Center) records.[52]

In 1944, nearly every SS general was granted equivalent Waffen-SS rank, without regard to previous military service. This was ordered so to give SS-generals authority over military units and POW camps and apparently to try to provide potential protection under the Hague Convention rules of warfare.[53] In the event of capture by the Allies, SS-Generals would be given status as military prisoners rather than captured police officials. This distinction was observed by British and American forces in the West, but hardly ever even noticed by the Soviet Red Army, in particular in situations where SS and Police Leaders or other SS units involved in genocide, would fall into Soviet hands. Total manpower[edit] In 1944, the stated membership estimate for the SS was 800,000. The Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS
had approximately 600,000 of those members in their ranks.[54] The Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS
had grown from three regiments to over 38 divisions during World War II, and served alongside the Heer (regular army) but was never formally part of it.[55] In comparison, by the end of the war the Allgemeine-SS only had a little over 40,000 men still in its ranks.[56] Order of battle[edit] Main article: Allgemeine-SS Order of Battle The mustering formations of part-time SS members, considered before 1938 to be the core of the Allgemeine-SS, were maintained in their own order of battle, beginning with regiment sized Standarten units and extending upwards to division strength Oberabschnitte commands. Within the Allgemeine-SS Standarten there were in turn subordinate battalions of Sturmbann themselves divided into company Sturme. For most rank and file members of the Allgemeine-SS, the Sturm level was the highest which the ordinary SS member would typically associate with. The Sturm itself was further divided into platoon sized Truppen (sometimes known as Zug) which were in turn divided into squad sized Scharen. For larger Allgemeine-SS commands, the Scharen would be further divided into Rotte which were the Allgemeine-SS equivalent of a fire team. It was the ultimate aim of Heinrich Himmler
Heinrich Himmler
to merge the Allgemeine-SS units into the police and security forces of the Third Reich, thus creating formations known as Staatsschutzkorps which would serve to enforce Nazi Doctrine as well as provide homeland police services. In the concept of the Lebensraum, Himmler had even grander visions with plans to build twenty eight SS cities in the conquered lands of Russia. These lands would be overseen by SS-Lords, militarily guarded by the Waffen-SS, and worked and lived on by "Peasant warriors" of the Allgemeine-SS. As Germany
Germany
was defeated in World War II, Himmler's dream were never realized although the construction of the Wewelsburg SS fortress was seen as a possible first step. See also[edit]

Glossary of Nazi Germany List of Nazi Party
Nazi Party
leaders and officials List of SS personnel

References[edit] Citations[edit]

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Allgemeine-SS formations

SS and Police Leaders

Höchste SS und Polizeiführer (HöSSPF) Höhere SS und Polizeiführer (HSSPF) SS und Polizeiführer (SSPF)

Oberabschnitt

Alpenland Böhmen-Mähren Donau Elbe Fulda-Werra Lothringen-Saarpfalz Main Mitte Nord Nordost Nordsee Nordwest Ost Ostland Österreich Ostsee Rhein Rhein-Westmark Spree Süd Südost Südwest Ukraina Warthe Weichsel West Westmark

Abschnitt

I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X XI XII XIII XIV XV XVI XVII XVIII XIX XX XXI XXII XXIII XXIV XXV XXVI XXVII XXVIII XXIX XXX XXXI XXXII XXXIII XXXIV XXXV XXXVI XXXVII XXXVIII XXXIX XX XXXXI XXXXII XXXXIII XXXXIV XXXXV

Reiterabschnitt

I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX

Standarte

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127

Reiterstandarte

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24

Specialty Units

SS-Kraftfahrstürme (Transportation) SS-Nachrichtensturmbanne (Signals) SS-Pioniersturmbanne (Engineers) SS-Fliegersturm (Flight Units)

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Schutzstaffel
Schutzstaffel
(SS)

Branches

Allgemeine SS Totenkopfverbände
Totenkopfverbände
(SS-TV) Waffen-SS

Leadership

Reichsführer-SS SS and police leader SS personnel SS commands

Leaders

Julius Schreck Joseph Berchtold Erhard Heiden Heinrich Himmler Karl Hanke

Main departments

Personal Staff Reichsführer-SS SS Main Office Head Operational Office Reich Main Security Office
Reich Main Security Office
(RSHA) Economics and Administration Office Office of Race and Settlement (RuSHA) Main Office for Ethnic Germans (VOMI) Office of the Reich Commissioner for Germanic Resettlement (RKFDV) Courts Office Personnel Office Education Office

Ideological institutions

Ahnenerbe Das Schwarze Korps SS-Junkerschule Bad Tölz Lebensborn

Police and security services

Regular uniform police (Orpo) Schutzpolizei (Schupo) Criminal police (Kripo) Secret State police (Gestapo) State Security police (SiPo) SS Security Service (SD)

Führer
Führer
protection

SS-Begleitkommando des Führers Reichssicherheitsdienst

Paramilitary
Paramilitary
units

Einsatzgruppen Schutzmannschaft Belarusian Auxiliary Police Latvian Police Battalions Ypatingasis būrys Lithuanian Security Police Lithuanian Auxiliary Police Battalions Rollkommando Hamann Arajs Kommando Ukrainian Auxiliary Police Volksdeutscher Selbstschutz Trawnikis Estonian Auxiliary Police Police Regiment
Regiment
Centre

Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS
divisions

Verfügungstruppe (SS-VT) Leibstandarte (LSSAH) SS Division Das Reich SS Division Totenkopf SS Polizei Division SS Division Wiking

Foreign SS units

Germanic-SS Germaansche SS in Nederland Germaansche SS in Vlaanderen Germanske SS Norge Schalburg Corps Britisches Freikorps S.S. Sturmbrigade R.O.N.A. Finnish Volunteer Battalion of the Waffen-SS

SS-controlled enterprises

Ostindustrie Deutsche Wirtschaftsbetriebe Deutsche Ausrüstungswerke DEST Allach porcelain Apollinaris Mattoni Sudetenquell Anton Loibl

SS awards

SS Sword of Honour SS Honour Ring SS Honor Dagger

Ranks, uniforms and insignia

Uniforms and insignia of the SS Ranks and insignia of the Waffen-SS Ranks and insignia of the Orpo Corps colour

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