Hitler's Decree Has SS Troops Play Role in Both Foreign and Domestic Affairs Hot

Hitler's Decree Has SS Troops Play Role in Both Foreign and Domestic Affairs

Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler Inspect the SS, 1938

Adolf Hitler issues a decree at the behest of Heinrich Himmler that armed SS troops would play a role in both foreign and domestic affairs. This is the final step in the creation of the Waffen-SS, an armed, military wing of the SS that constitutes a rival to the regular army which military leaders had once feared the SA would become.

As of today, service in the Waffen-SS will fulfill any military obligations a person has.

The Waffen-SS got its start with the creation in 1934 of the the SS-Verfügungstruppe (SS Dispositional Troop, SS-VT), special armed SS troops under Hitler's direct, personal command. The SS-VT depended on the regular army for weapons and training, but they've been growing gradually more independent.

Members of the SS and the Waffen-SS must be Aryan, and while they can belong to any religion, atheists are absolutely banned. Heinrich Himmler wrote to a pastor in 1937:

"Atheism is the only world-view or religious view that is not tolerated within the SS."

Since there are no Jews admitted to the SS, as a practical matter it's made up almost entirely of Protestant and Catholic Christians.

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