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It began as a small squad of political thugs. Yet by the end of 1935, the SS had taken control of all police and internal security duties in Germany?ranging from local village ?gendarmes? all the way up to the secret political police and the Gestapo. Eventually, its ranks would grow to ...
It began as a small squad of political thugs. Yet by the end of 1935, the SS had taken control of all police and internal security duties in Germany—ranging from local village “gendarmes” all the way up to the secret political police and the Gestapo. Eventually, its ranks would grow to rival even Germany’s regular armed forces, the Wehrmacht.
Going beyond the myths and characterizations, Army of Evil reveals the reality of the SS as a cadre of unwavering political fanatics and power-seeking opportunists who slavishly followed an ideology that disdained traditional morality—an ideology that they were prepared to implement to the utmost murderous extreme, which ultimately resulted in the Holocaust.
This is a definitive historical narrative of the birth, legacy, and demise of one of the most feared political and military organizations ever known—and of those twisted, cruel men who were responsible for one of the most appalling crimes against humanity in history.
INCLUDES RARE PHOTOGRAPHS
Author's Note xv
1 The Defeat of Wilhelmine Germany and the Origins of the National Socialist Party 5
2 The Rebirth of National Socialism and the Creation of the SS 19
3 Heinrich Himmler 33
4 A New Broom 46
5 Taking Control 68
6 Consolidation 87
7 Dachau and the Establishment of the Concentration Camps 95
8 The Central Organisation of the Ss 110
9 The Race and Settlement Office 119
10 The SD-The Intelligence and Security Wing Office 130
11 The Path to Genocide 151
12 Euthanasia and the Beginning of Mass Murder 169
13 Origins of the Waffen-SS 193
14 Militarising the "Political Soldiers" 205
15 Expansion of the Militarised SS 215
16 The Invasion of Poland and the Special Task Groups 224
17 The Ss and the Polish Jews 235
18 Gottlob Berger and the Creation of the Waffen-SS 246
19 Making Up the Numbers: Foreign Volunteers and Criminals in the Waffen-SS 256
20 The Waffen-SS Heads East 296
21 Operation Barbarossa and the First and Second Sweeps 306
22 The Wannsee Conference 325
23 The Extermination Camps 338
24 Auschwitz 366
25 The Final Act 398
Appendix: Table of Comparative Military Ranks 413
Posted September 10, 2012
Everybody seems to have forgotten what General Patton said about the SS. This book is just all drama. Instruments of genocide. What a bullcrap. Adrian Weale is just another opportunist.
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Posted May 22, 2013
Posted October 25, 2012
I read some of it every night and its great. Very informative. Gives interesting facts, and it is a good start if you are just starting to read about the SS.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 7, 2013
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