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Hitler's Private Army

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Bryan Ong

on 1 March 2013

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Transcript of Hitler's Private Army

Hitler's stormtroopers were
often former members of the
Freikorps and had considerable
experience in using violence
against their rivals. They would parade through the streets of Munich, and at the end of the march Hitler would make one of his passionate speeches that encouraged his supporters to carry out acts of violence against Jews and political opponents. Adolf Hitler formed his own private army
called the Sturmabteilung, or Storm Section, in 1921. Today, Lets talk about Hitler's private army. When it first started in 1921, there were only about 70,000 members. The next year, it swelled to 170,000. The Sturmabteilung, commonly called stormtroopers, were instructed to disrupt the meetings of political opponents protect Hitler from revenge attacks. This is Captain Ernst Roehm.
He played an important in recruiting for the SA.
In January, 1931, Adolf Hitler recalled Roehm
to Germany and placed him in charge of the
Sturmabteilung (SA). In just over a year he
expanded it from 70,000 to 170,000 members. By 1934 the SA had
grown to 4,500,000 men Hitler began to fear the SA's power, so he ordered the extermination of Ernst Roehm. He was afraid that the 4.5 million man SA would absorb the 100,000 man German Army. Another reason why Hitler wanted Roehm dead was because he knew Roehm had the power to overthrow him. The SA had little to no involvement in Nazi activity after 1934. Citations "Military." Sturmabteilung (SA or Storm Troops). N.p., 11 July 2011. Web. 20 Feb. 2013.
"The Sturmabteilung or SA." The Sturmabteilung or SA. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2013.
"Spartacus Educational." Spartacus Educational. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Feb. 2013.
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