In Nazi Germany, they were called the Schutzstaffel. The world would
know them as the dreaded SS—the most loyal and ruthless enforcers of the
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. And by 1944 the militarized Waffen SS had more than 800,000 men serving in the field, even rivaling Germany’s
regular armed forces, the Wehrmacht.
In Army of Evil: A History of the SS,
author Adrian Weale delves into materials not previously available,
including recently released intelligence files, the most up-to-date
research, and rare, never-before-published photographs.
beyond the myths and characterizations, this comprehensive account
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 and were prepared to
implement it to the utmost, murderous extreme that ultimately resulted
in the Holocaust.
This is a definitive historical narrative of
the birth, legacy, and ultimate demise of one of the most feared
political and military organizations ever known, and those twisted,
cruel men who were responsible for one of the most appalling crimes
against humanity in all history.
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