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Adolf Hitler, as the Führer of Germany, was considered SS member #1; Emil Maurice (one of the founders of the SS) was member #2. Based on the seniority system of SS membership numbers, this made Hitler senior in the SS to all other members. The SS membership number system was also a means to denote the 'old guard' of the SS, and to hold a number below 50,000 was considered a special place of honor since it denoted SS membership before the Nazi seizure of power in 1933. Numbers below 500 were considered the original cadre of the SS, while any number below fifty denoted an original founder and, in most cases, a personal associate of Hitler. Longerich, Peter (2012). Heinrich Himmler: A Life. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-959232-6.

Binkowski, Rafael; Wiegrefe, Klaus (21 October 2011). "The Brown Bluff: How Waffen SS Veterans Exploited Postwar Politics". Der Spiegel. Archived from the original on 1 December 2015 . Retrieved 1 December 2015. edit ] 1944 expansion [ edit ] After D-Day, the Indian Legion was transferred from the Heer to the Waffen-SS. [105] The three SS divisions and the Leibstandarte spent the winter of 1939 and the spring of 1940 training and preparing for the coming war in the west. In May, they moved to the front, and the Leibstandarte was attached to the army's 227th Infantry Division. The Der Führer Regiment was detached from the SS-VT Division and attached to the 207th Infantry Division. The SS-VT Division minus Der Führer was concentrated near Münster awaiting the invasion of the Netherlands. The SS Totenkopf and Polizei Divisions were held in reserve. [52] Ustinow, D. F (1981). Geschichte des zweiten Weltkrieges 1939–1945 (in German). Vol.X. Berlin: Militärverlag der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik. SS pre-war uniforms (1934–1938) [ edit ] Heinrich Himmler's insignia for Reichsführer-SS The second version of the SS-Totenkopf; used from 1934 to 1945The invasion of the Soviet Union proceeded well at first, but the cost to the Waffen-SS was extreme: by late October, the Leibstandarte was at half strength due to enemy action and dysentery that swept through the ranks. [76] Das Reich lost 60% of its strength and was still to take part in the Battle of Moscow. The unit was later decimated in the following Soviet offensive. The Der Führer Regiment was reduced to 35 men out of the 2,000 that had started the campaign in June. [76] Altogether, the Waffen-SS had suffered 43,000 casualties. [76] Tauber, Kurt (1967). Beyond Eagle and Swastika: German Nationalism Since 1945, Volume I. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press. At the higher end of the organization, in 1928 the SA Gau-Stürme were restructured into regional Gruppen, each commanded by a leader with a new general-officer rank, Gruppenführer; its insignia was the three oak leaf collar patch. At this time the former rank of Gauführer was renamed Oberführer ("senior leader"). The Waffen-SS ( German: [ˈvafn̩ʔɛsˌʔɛs]; Armed SS) was the combat branch of the Nazi Party's paramilitary Schutzstaffel (SS) organisation. Its formations included men from Nazi Germany, along with volunteers and conscripts from both occupied and unoccupied lands. [3]

Sydnor, Charles W. Jr. (1973). "The History of the SS Totenkopfdivision and the Postwar Mythology of the Waffen SS". Central European History. Cambridge University Press. 6 (4): 339–362. doi: 10.1017/S0008938900000960. S2CID 144835004.

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Harclerode, Peter (2005). Wings Of War– Airborne Warfare 1918–1945. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. ISBN 978-0-304-36730-6.

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