Protection Squadron
Flag Schutzstaffel SS
SS flag and insignia.


April 4, 1925


May 8, 1945

Ministers responsible

Adolf Hitler (Führer)
Heinrich Himmler (Reichsführer)

The Schutzstaffel (German pronunciation: [ˈʃʊtsˌʃtafəl], translated as Protection Squadron or Defence Corps, abbreviated SS) was a major paramilitary organization under Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party (NSDAP). It began at the end of 1920 as a small, permanent guard unit known as the "Saal-Schutz" (Hall-Protection) made up of NSDAP volunteers to provide security for Nazi Party meetings in Munich. Built upon the Nazi ideology, the SS was responsible for many of the crimes against humanity during World War II.

In Inglourious BasterdsEdit

Standartenführer Hans Landa was part of the SS. When Lt. Archie Hicox, Wilhelm Wicki and Hugo Stiglitz prepare to meet with Bridget von Hammersmark, they're donning SS uniforms, most likely taken from SS officers they killed. Several other SS officers are seen at the Stolz der Nation premiere.


  • Despite being the head of the SS and an extremely important member of the Third Reich, Heinrich Himmler is neither seen nor mentioned in the film.


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