- An astonishing piece of research and the author’s life’s work
- Part three of a three-part series
- Superbly illustrated with 794 unpublished mono photographs
In the turbulent times of the post-First World War era, new political parties emerged frequently in Germany, many with opposing extremist policies. The Communist movement grew out of the Socialist working classes using the Russian Bolshevik Party as a template. In direct opposition, the new National Socialist German Workers’ Party under the leadership of Adolf Hitler occupied the extreme right-wing position. Head-on conflict was inevitable and both parties organised violent demonstrations against the other.
Hitler recognised that he was physically vulnerable and ordered the formation of his own protection squad, made up of loyal men who would not shirk from a fight. From the rudimentary ranks of Hitler’s select few grew the infant SS, a modern praetorian guard, which developed over the years into a massive and efficient military style force with tentacles spreading into all elements of everyday life in Nazi Germany. To administer this organisation, Hitler appointed leaders upon whom he could rely.
Many names remain obscure, but this book highlights who they all were and how they appeared.
Featured in this volume are:
Johann Baptist Albin Rauter
Friedrich Wilhelm Otto Rediess
Ulrich Friedrich Wilhelm Joachim von Ribbentrop
Erwin Friedrich Karl Rösener
Ernst August Albert Sachs
Ernst Friedrich Christoph Sauckel
Julius Gregory Schaub
Gustav Adolf Scheel
Georg Friedrich Schlessmann
Friedrich Bernhard Gustav Karl Ulrich Erich Graf von der Schulenburg
Franz Xaver Schwarz
Felix Martin Julius Steiner
Siegfried Louis Emanuel Taubert
Mathäus Karl Wahl
Josias Georg Wilhelm Adolf Erbprinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont
Friedrich Philip Weitzel
Otto Ferdinand Nikolai Winkelmann
Karl Friedrich Otto Wolff
Udo Gustav Wihelm Egon von Woyrsch
Alfred Bernhard Julius Ernst Wünnenberg
Max Williams is a retired police officer with a strong fascination in history. He has spent many years collecting autographs, original images and information about personalities of the Third German Reich, which he has built into a private archive. He is the author of a two-volume pictorial biography of SS General Reinhard Heydrich and is often acknowledged as an expert on the SS organisation and for assisting other authors with historical studies of Hitler’s regime. He is married and lives with his wife and son in the London area.
248 x 172 mm - hardback - 480 pages - 794 black-and-white photographs