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Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   18.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/07/2017


A New History of Hitler's Brownshirts

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681688770
Digital Download ISBN:9781681688787


Stormtroopers is the first full history of the Nazi Stormtroopers whose muscle brought Hitler to power, with revelations concerning their longevity and their contributions to the Holocaust.

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Germany's Stormtroopers engaged in a vicious siege of violence that propelled the National Socialists to power in the 1930s. Known also as the SA or Brownshirts, these "ordinary" men waged a loosely structured campaign of intimidation and savagery across the nation from the 1920s to the "Night of the Long Knives" in 1934, when Chief of Staff Ernst Röhm and many other SA leaders were assassinated on Hitler's orders.

In this deeply researched history, Daniel Siemens explores not only the roots of the SA and its swift decapitation but also its previously unrecognized transformation into a million-member Nazi organization, its activities in German-occupied territories during World War II, and its particular contributions to the Holocaust. The author provides portraits of individual members and their victims and examines their milieu, culture, and ideology. His book tells the long-overdue story of the SA and its devastating impact on German citizens and the fate of their country.


"[A] revelatory scholarly survey . . . A considerable work that promises to be the preferred text in English on the brown-shirted stormtroopers for some time to come." —Kirkus Starred Review

"For the foreseeable future, Daniel Siemens’s study will be the book of reference on the National Socialist stormtroopers." —Professor Michael Wildt, Humboldt University Berlin

"An excellent contribution to the vast literature on Nazi Germany. Based on meticulous research, Daniel Siemens’ Stormtroopers is not only the most comprehensive but also the best history of Hitler’s Brownshirts available in any language." —Robert Gerwarth, author of Hitler's Hangman

"Quite simply, this is the best book on its subject." —Richard Bessel, author of Germany 1945

Author Bio

Daniel Siemens is professor of European history at Newcastle University. He is author of three previous books and has published widely on European and U.S. history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.