SA [Sturmabteilung/Storm Division] uniform jodphurs

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

SA [Sturmabteilung/ Stormtroopers] service breeches from 1930’s Germany with the NSDAP (Nazi Party) authorization and issuing tags. This Nazi Party paramilitary organization, also called Brownshirts to echo Mussolini's Blackshirts, was founded by Hitler in 1920, and led by Ernst Rohm. The Stormtroopers were known for their brutality and violence and were potent instruments of street terror during Hitler's rise to power. By the early 1930s, SA membership reached three million, and outnumbered the German Army. After Hitler became Chancellor in 1933, the SA's demands for political power and the placement of fanatical Nazis in all key positions threatened Hitler's plans for German expansion and he turned against them. Between June 30 and July 2, 1934, the Nazi Party leadership, on Hitler's order, purged the SA leadership to end the embarrassing conduct and political intrigues. The SA would remain a popular and murderous wing of the Nazi Party, but it would no longer be an independent political force.

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  • Title: SA [Sturmabteilung/Storm Division] uniform jodphurs
  • Location: Germany--History--1933-1945. Germany--Politics and government--1933-1945.
  • Provenance: The jodhpurs were acquired by the United States Holocaust Museum in 2006.
  • Subject Keywords: Nationalism and clothing--Germany--History--20th century. Paramilitary forces--Germany--Uniforms.
  • Type: Clothing and Dress
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Brown wool jodphurs with flared thighs, short legs, and a high waist at the back. There is a hidden 5 button fly opening and 6 buttons on the outside waist for suspenders. There is a tab with a silver colored metal buckle on each side for tightening the waist. The inside back at the waist has a cloth hook with a small tag underneath and 2 tags on the right side; the white tag has 2 emblems and German text. The tags authorize these as officially sanctioned Nazi Party boot pants. There is a flap button pocket on each hip and a flap button coin pocket on the right near the fly. There is a flap button pocket on the right backside. The pant legs extend to the calves with lacing from the cuff to the knee. There is a reinforcement panel of the same material sewn on the backside.