- Weimar Germany & the Nazi Rise to Power
- The Nazi State & German Society
- The Nazi Racial State
- Nazi Germany at War
- Writing the History of Nazi Germany
Training and Indoctrination
To understand a military unit fully, one must first look at its training and who its soldiers are. The Waffen SS was the creation of Heinrich Himmler, the Head of the SS and Gestapo. He was trying to create a new Aryan Elite within the Third Reich and believed that his military units needed to be the best within Nazi Germany. However, Himmler understood that this new Aryan elite needed to live up to the standard of “elite” but also needed to be a break from the old elite of Germany. This resulted in Heinrich creating a rigorous and deeply indoctrinative training regime that would turn simple soldiers into zealous warriors that were unmatched in physical prowess and courage that became the personal favorite of Adolf Hitler.