SS Elite: The Senior Leaders of Hitler's Praetorian Guard Volume 1: A-J

Author(s): Max Williams 

ISBN: 9781781554333
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A detailed examination—in words and pictures—of the principle figures in the SS.
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  • An astonishing piece of research and the author’s life’s work

  • Part one of a three-volume series

  • Superbly illustrated with 1082 unpublished mono photographs

In the turbulent times of the post-First World War era, new political parties emerged frequently in Germany, many with opposing extremist policies. The Communist movement grew out of the Socialist working classes using the Russian Bolshevik Party as a template. In direct opposition, the new National Socialist German Workers’ Party under the leadership of Adolf Hitler occupied the extreme right-wing position. Head-on conflict was inevitable and both parties organised violent demonstrations against the other.

Hitler recognised that he was physically vulnerable and ordered the formation of his own protection squad, made up of loyal men who would not shirk from a fight. From the rudimentary ranks of Hitler’s select few grew the infant SS, a modern praetorian guard, which developed over the years into a massive and efficient military style force with tentacles spreading into all elements of everyday life in Nazi Germany. To administer this organisation, Hitler appointed LEADERS upon whom he could rely.

Many names remain obscure, but this book highlights who they all were and how they appeared.

BOOK ISBN 9781781554333
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 656 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 October 2015
ILLUSTRATIONS 1082 black-and-white photographs






Max Williams is a retired police officer with a strong fascination in history. He has spent many years collecting autographs, original images and information about personalities of the Third German Reich which he has built into a private archive. He is the author of a two volume pictorial biography of SS General Reinhard Heydrich and is often acknowledged as an expert on the SS organization and for assisting other authors with historical studies of Hitler’s regime. He is married and lives with his wife and son in the London area.
Friedrich Ludwig Herbert Alpers
Max Amann
Erich Julius Eberhard von dem Bach-Zelewski
Herbert Friedrich Wilhelm Backe
Josef Berchtold
Gottlob Christian Berger
Theodor Friedrich Wilhelm Hermann Berkelmann
Karl Rudolf Werner Best
Wilhelm Bittrich
Ernst Wilhelm Bohle
Martin Ludwig Bormann
Philipp Bouhler
Franz Breithaupt
Walter Buch
Josef Bürckel
Leonardo Conti
Kurt Max Franz Daluege
Richard Walther Oskar Darré
Karl-Maria Demelhuber
Josef Dietrich
Otto Dietrich
Friedrich Karl Freiherr von Eberstein
Joachim Albrecht Leo Eggeling
Theodor Eicke
Gustav August Eigruber
Karl Fiehler
Albert Maria Forster
August Franz Frank v Karl Hermann Frank
Herbert Otto Wilhelm Hermann Gille
Curt Von Gottberg
Ernst-Robert Grawitz
Ulrich Heinrich Emil Greifelt
Arthur Karl Greiser
Karl Michael Gutenberger
Karl August Hankev
Paul Hausser
Erhard Heiden
August Friedrich Heissmeyer
Konrad Ernst Eduard Henlein
Maximilian von Herff
Rudolf Walter Richard Hess
Reinhard Tristan Eugen Heydrich
Friedrich Karl Heinrich August Hildebrandt
Richard Hermann Hildebrandt
Heinrich Luitpold Himmler
Hermann Johann Matthäus Höfle
Otto Ludwig Karl Adam Hofmann
Friedrich August Jeckeln
Hugo Jury
Hans Gustav Gottlob Jüttner