It began as a small squad of political thugs. Yet, by the end of 1935, the SS had taken control of all police and internal security duties in Germany -- ranging from local village "gendarmes" all the way up to the secret political police and the Gestapo. And, by 1944, the militarized Waffen-SS had more than eight hundred thousand men serving in the field, rivaling even Germany's regular armed forces, the Wehrmacht.
In Army of Evil, author Adrian Weale delves into materials not previously available, including recently released intelligence files, the most up-to-date research, and rare and never-before-published photographs.
Going beyond the myths and characterizations, this comprehensive account reveals the reality of the SS as a cadre of unwavering political fanatics and power-seeking opportunists who slavishly followed an ideology that disdained traditional morality -- an ideology that they were prepared to iplement to the utmost murderous extreme, which ultimately resulted in the Holocaust.
This is a definitive historical narrative of the birth, legacy, and demise of one of the most feared political and military organizations ever known -- and of those twisted, cruel men who were responsible for one of the most appalling crimes against humanity in history.