1st SS Division Leibstandarte “Adolf Hitler” Officers cuff title in bullion wire.
Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler. Historical information.
The early incarnation of Hitlers bodyguard was the Stabswache ( staff Guard). Used In the beer halls of Munich to protect the fuhrer. Sepp Dietrich assumed command in Berlin on 17 March 1933. This unit replaced the regular army guards at the Reich Chancellery. Many of the original members went on to become distinguished commanders in the Waffen SS , many to win the highest award the Knights Cross,
Later more units were formed and the group evolved into the SS-Sonderkommando Berlin still under Dietrich’s command. Most of the training staff came from the ranks of the army. During this time the majority of there their duties involved providing outer security for Hitler at his residences, public appearances and guard duty at the Reich Chancellery.
The true incarnation the SS Leibstandarte was in November 1933, on the 10th anniversary of the Beer Hall Putsch. At memorial rally the SS- Sonderkommando swore personal allegiance to Hitler. At the conclusion of the rally the unit received the new title, “Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler” (LAH). The term Leibstandarte does not have an exact translation but an approximate term would be
The Schutzstaffel (SS)
The Schutzstaffel (SS) were the elite guard of the Third Reich. Formed in 1925 as a small bodyguard to protect Hitler. It remained in this capacity until Heinrich Himmler took charge in 1929. So under his jurisdiction it grew to an enormous organisation. Also It became very powerful. Its co-opted national police forces, Security, intelligence and business. Eventually the SS developed is own branch of the Wehrmacht, the Waffen SS (armed SS). From the beginning members were chosen for their physical and mental ability and also there character. Entry was from 21 years of age followed by 18 months probationary period. The SS eventually reflected Himmlers esoteric interests and encompassed quasi religious ceremonies and beliefs. From 1945 it was classed as a criminal organisation.