In the earliest days of the NSDAP, leaders realized that bodyguard units composed of trustworthy and loyal men would be a wise development. Ernst Röhm formed a guard formation from the 19 Granatwerfer-Kompanie, and from this formation the Sturmabteilung (SA) soon evolved.
Horst Wessel was a squad leader in the SA who was killed by communists in 1930. Goebbels turned him into the NSDAP hero martyr. A song Wessel had written was elevated into the co-national anthem known as the Horst Wessel-Lied.
Musketier Max Pfeifer 2. Sturm Kompagnie Sturmabteilung 38 / Sleeve insignia | Divided reverse. Letter kindly translated by Nettenscheider, authored in the trenches on 05/07/1917, Musketier Max Pfeifer advises a family member "ich bin jetzt in dem Sturmtrupp" - he is now in the assault troop. A fine studio portrait of Musketier Max Pfeifer of 2. Sturm-Kompagnie Sturmabteilung 38. Of note is his unofficial insignia on his left sleeve, possibly denoting hi...
Hugo Boss Hugo Boss was a member of the Nazi Party and in 1928 became an official supplier of uniforms organizations within the National Socialist party, including the Hitler Youth, Sturmabteilung (paramilitary), and the SS.