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SA-Wehrmannschaft combat uniform trousers

Object | Accession Number: 2004.686.3

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    SA-Wehrmannschaft combat uniform trousers


    Brief Narrative
    SA-Wehrmannschaft [Sturmabteilung] brown/green combat uniform trousers for this military training defense unit formed in 1939. The members were usually older men not fit for regular military service, but still required to undergo military training and participate in civil defense. By the late 1930s, the SA was not an independent political force, but it was a powerful organizing tool for the Nazi Party. The SA was a paramilitary organization 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, far outnumbering the German Army. After Hitler became Chancellor in 1933, the SA's demands for political power 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.
    use:  approximately 1940
    use: Germany
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    Clothing and Dress
    Object Type
    Riding breeches (aat)
    Physical Description
    Brown/green wool cloth mid-calf length trousers with a high back waistband and a flat front with a 5 button fly. The waistband is lined with brown cloth and has 4 plastic buttons on the waistband for suspenders and a tab and metal buckle on each side for tightening the waist. The right front has a flap button coin pocket with a loop tab and there are flap button pockets lined with green cloth near both front hips and and on the right backside. The back center waistband has a V shaped slit with 2 buttons. The crotch is reinforced and the legs are hemmed. There are brown stitched repairs.
    overall: Height: 39.250 inches (99.695 cm) | Width: 17.500 inches (44.45 cm)
    overall : wool, cloth, plastic, metal

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Corporate Name
    SA (Organization)

    Administrative Notes

    The SA uniform trousers were acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2004.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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    2024-02-21 09:00:21
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