Allgemeine SS

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The Allgemeine SS (General SS) was a major branch of the Schutzstaffel (SS) paramilitary forces of Nazi Germany, and it was managed by the SS Main Office (SS-Hauptamt).wikipedia
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Schutzstaffel

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The Allgemeine SS (General SS) was a major branch of the Schutzstaffel (SS) paramilitary forces of Nazi Germany, and it was managed by the SS Main Office (SS-Hauptamt).
The two main constituent groups were the Allgemeine SS (General SS) and Waffen-SS (Armed SS).

SS-Verfügungstruppe

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The Allgemeine SS was officially established in the autumn of 1934 to distinguish its members from the SS-Verfügungstruppe (SS Dispositional Troops or SS-VT), which later became the Waffen-SS, and the SS-Totenkopfverbände (SS Death's Head Units or SS-TV), which were in charge of the Nazi concentration camps and extermination camps.
By 1937 the SS was divided into three branches: the Allgemeine-SS (General SS), the SS-Verfügungstruppe, and the SS-Totenkopfverbände (SS-TV) which administered the concentration camps.

SS Main Economic and Administrative Office

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The ultimate command authority for the camp system during World War II was the SS-Wirtschafts-Verwaltungshauptamt (WHVA) under Oswald Pohl.
The SS Main Economic and Administrative Office (SS-Wirtschafts-und Verwaltungshauptamt), abbreviated SS-WVHA, was a Nazi organization responsible for managing the finances, supply systems and business projects for the Allgemeine-SS.

SS Main Office

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The Allgemeine SS (General SS) was a major branch of the Schutzstaffel (SS) paramilitary forces of Nazi Germany, and it was managed by the SS Main Office (SS-Hauptamt).
The office traces its origins to 1931 when the SS created the SS-Amt to serve as an SS Headquarters staff overseeing the various units of the Allgemeine-SS (General SS).

Nazi Party

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The main task of the SS was the personal protection of the Führer of the Nazi Party, Adolf Hitler.

Units and commands of the Schutzstaffel

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Regional SS units were organized into commands known as SS-Oberabschnitt meaning "SS-Senior Sector" responsible for commanding a (region), which were subordinate to the SS-HA; SS-Abschnitt (SS-Sector) was the next lower level of command, responsible for administrating a (District); Standarten (regiment), which were the basic units of the Allgemeine-SS.
The SS unit nomenclature can be divided into several different types of organizations, mainly the early titles used by the SS, SS unit titles of the Allgemeine SS, the military formation titles used by the Waffen-SS, titles of commands associated with the SS Security Police, and special units titles used by such SS organizations as the mobile death squad units of the Einsatzgruppen.

Ordnungspolizei

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Further, with Himmler as Chief of the German Police, the SS also controlled the uniformed Ordnungspolizei (Order Police).

Waffen-SS

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The Allgemeine SS was officially established in the autumn of 1934 to distinguish its members from the SS-Verfügungstruppe (SS Dispositional Troops or SS-VT), which later became the Waffen-SS, and the SS-Totenkopfverbände (SS Death's Head Units or SS-TV), which were in charge of the Nazi concentration camps and extermination camps.
The Allgemeine SS was responsible for the administration of both the concentration and extermination camps.

SS Personnel Main Office

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This included the Allgemeine SS (General SS), Waffen-SS and Sicherheitsdienst (SD; Security Service), specifically those matters regarding admission, promotion and dismissal, but also organisational matters, transfers, and training.

SS-Totenkopfverbände

TotenkopfverbändeSSDeath's Head Units
The Allgemeine SS was officially established in the autumn of 1934 to distinguish its members from the SS-Verfügungstruppe (SS Dispositional Troops or SS-VT), which later became the Waffen-SS, and the SS-Totenkopfverbände (SS Death's Head Units or SS-TV), which were in charge of the Nazi concentration camps and extermination camps.
Many of the early recruits came from the ranks of the SA and Allgemeine SS.

Germanic SS

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From 1940 they were consolidated into the Directorate of the Germanic-SS (Leitstelle der germanischen SS).
The units were modeled on the Allgemeine SS in Nazi Germany.

SS Führungshauptamt

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The SS-Führungshauptamt, which was under the command of Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, was formed in August 1940 from certain departments of the SS-Hauptamt (SS-HA) and the Allgemeine SS.

Gestapo

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Göring transferred control of the Gestapo to Himmler, who was also named chief of all German police forces outside Prussia.

List of SS personnel

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Between 1925 and 1945, the German Schutzstaffel (SS) grew from eight members to over a quarter of a million Waffen-SS and over a million Allgemeine-SS members.

Hermann Fegelein

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For instance, in 1940 Hermann Fegelein held the Allgemeine SS rank of a Standartenführer (full colonel), yet was only ranked a Obersturmbannführer (lieutenant colonel) in the Waffen-SS.
He was promoted to the Allgemeine-SS rank of SS-Untersturmführer that year and to SS-Obersturmführer on 20 April 1934 and to SS-Hauptsturmführer on 9 November 1934.

Sicherheitsdienst

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Heydrich was made head of the SiPo and continued as chief of the SD.

Volksdeutsche Mittelstelle

Hauptamt Volksdeutsche MittelstelleVoMiMain Welfare Office for Ethnic Germans
Under Allgemeine-SS administration, it became responsible for orchestrating the Nazi ideology of Lebensraum (living space) in Eastern Europe.

Reichsführer-SS

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Under its original inception, the title and rank of Reichsführer-SS was the designation for the head of the Allgemeine-SS (General-SS).

Sonderführer

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If this same SS member were an architectural engineer, then the SS-Hauptamt would issue a third rank of SS-Sonderführer.

Einsatzgruppen

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The death squad units of the Einsatzgruppen were formed under the direction of Heydrich and operated by the SS before and during World War II.

Uniforms and insignia of the Schutzstaffel

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The ranks of the Allgemeine SS and the Waffen-SS were based upon those of the SA and used the same titles.

Paramilitary

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The Allgemeine SS (General SS) was a major branch of the Schutzstaffel (SS) paramilitary forces of Nazi Germany, and it was managed by the SS Main Office (SS-Hauptamt).

Nazi Germany

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The Allgemeine SS (General SS) was a major branch of the Schutzstaffel (SS) paramilitary forces of Nazi Germany, and it was managed by the SS Main Office (SS-Hauptamt).