The SS

Discussion in 'Axis Units' started by DerCommander, Jun 12, 2007.

  1. DerCommander

    DerCommander Junior Member

    My Grandfather was in the SS he never said much about them sept he wants me to become one : ( HMMMMMMM.

    Any way I was wondering if SS meant any think?
     
  2. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    When I was at school, it stood for "Secret Squirrel"
     
  3. marcus69x

    marcus69x I love WW2 meah!!!

    I heard it meant "Silly Sprout".
     
  4. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Silly Sod
     
  5. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique

    My Grandfather was in the SS he never said much about them sept he wants me to become one : ( HMMMMMMM.

    Any way I was wondering if SS meant any think?

    Please make sure you read the forum rules before you make any further posts. This site does not tolerate Nazi apologists, trolls, or those who wish to start flame wars.
     
  6. CROONAERT

    CROONAERT Ipsissimus

    Any way I was wondering if SS meant any think?

    Just in case you're not trolling and this is a genuine question, "SS" means Schutzstaffel ("protection squad"). But I'm sure that your Gro├čvater could have told you that!!!

    dave
     
  7. Sgt.Pepper

    Sgt.Pepper Member

    The SS was essentily ( sorry spelling) at the start bodyguards for hitler from the SA too many abbreviations in the army
     
  8. DerCommander

    DerCommander Junior Member

    Thanks
    And sorry if I broke the rules I am no Nazi!!!! Sorry.
     
  9. Kitty

    Kitty Very Senior Member

    Thats ok commander, i think the problem arose where you tried to put a : ( rather than a :( Just watch your typos in future.
     
  10. angeljoanes

    angeljoanes Junior Member

    SS are elite division, right? I confuse about something. As far as I know, recruitment for the SS regiment are very strict. There's many requirement needed to become SS soldier. That's why they called them self elite. And they are very fanatic in Nazi ideology. At first I thought Hitler want to keep the purity of this elite to represent the aryan superior race but why later in the war, they recruit people from another race and another country?
     
  11. CROONAERT

    CROONAERT Ipsissimus

    . At first I thought Hitler want to keep the purity of this elite to represent the aryan superior race but why later in the war, they recruit people from another race and another country?


    Basically, because it transpired that the so called ubermensch weren't quite as uber as they thought!;)
     
  12. angeljoanes

    angeljoanes Junior Member

    I think the SS is quit versatile and effective enough because of their fanaticism. To bad their casualty was very high because of same reason. Their fanaticism cause them attacking the enemy without thinking their own life. To bad for an elite.
     
  13. Sgt.Pepper

    Sgt.Pepper Member

    At first I thought Hitler want to keep the purity of this elite to represent the aryan superior race but why later in the war, they recruit people from another race and another country?

    To simply put it they basically didnt have enough men to recruit anymore at least thats what im guessing. They took so many casualties like the leibstandarte in Poland took more casualties than any of the werchmat divisions they were attached to, Im suprised at that because they were hitlers "Bodyguards" and were unofficially bound body and soul to the Fuher, and were trained to the highest extent.
     
  14. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    It all started going downhill for me when they let people with dental fillings join. ;)
     
  15. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    It all started going downhill for me when they let people with dental fillings join. ;)

    You're killing me VP!:loldevil:
     
  16. Kyt

    Kyt Very Senior Member

    Oh goody - I've just been to the dentist. What about height restrictions? I think I'd look quite good in black.
     
  17. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Your hat sir?
    [​IMG]
     
  18. Kyt

    Kyt Very Senior Member

    Much smarter than the motley range of headgear in the Legion Freies Indien

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  19. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    The joining principles were well thought out though, No need for good education was ever specified for the Waffen or VT SS, done intentionally to attract a tougher, more agricultural recuit who was also more succeptible to political 'education'.

    Some interesting criteria for joining the Early SS-VT from a leaflet called "how do I join the SS-VT' transcribed from Gordon Williamson's SS handbook:

    SSVT recruitment criteria. (1935-).

    Requirements:
    • Age 17-22.
    • Minimum height for the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler: 178cm.
    • Minimum height for SS-Standarten Deutschland, Germania: 174cm.
    • Minimum height for Musicians, pioneers & signallers: 172cm.
    • German Nationality
    • Fit, with a national socialist viewpoint.
    • Able to establish antecedents back to at least 1800.
    • Single & not engaged.
    • Completed their labour corps service.
    • Written parental permission if minimum age.
    • Completed any apprenticeships or been officially released by their journeyman.
    • Pay for any dental treatment required at the time of acceptance and have the work carried out before enlistment.
    • Normal eyesight without glasses.
    • No criminal record.
    • SS Officer careers are open to any member who has served for one year.
    • Minimum length of service in the SS-VT is four years.
    • Volunteers who wish to follow an NCO career must sign on for at least 12 years.
    • After four years service there is a possibility of transfer to policing careers.
    All a far cry from the freiwillige divisions and "can you hold this gun?" Wehrmacht transfers of wartime.
     
  20. Kyt

    Kyt Very Senior Member

    Bugger! Failed on almost all of them. Oh well, will have to think of something else. But I am "single & not engaged"!
     

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