Operation Anthropoid

That does make sense. Himmler was a failure in every aspect of his life. The classic "small man in uniform".

Are we still talking about the same Himmler?
 
It was said that Admiral Canaris, head of the Abwehr had a secret dossier on him which Heydrich knew about.
I had to chuckle at that; Everyone who mattered knew someone had a dossier on them, they all had dossiers on each other. The really interesting part is the Canaris, Himmler set up. It was referred to in some circles as the Intelligence Dance Macarbre since it was an open secret that Himmler wanted control of all aspects of intelligence and that didn't go down well with Auswertiges Amt.

That was not a foregone conclusion, not least because it would mean that the SS could also drive foreign policy which contrary to popular belief was not what what everyone wanted.


To a certain extent everyone knew everything anyway as the beaurocracy of Joining the NSDAP meant a period of examination of individuals and the more contacts you had, the lower the number you got, which is what Adolf did. In the days of Roehm, Heydrich didn't have to concoct much as it had pretty much agreed that the Brownshirts would be losers and besides Roehm was openly Homosexual- not because it was the done thing, but because he was in a very powerful position and dear old Adolf didn't disabuse him of that idea. Moreover Himmler also feared Heydrich, not least because the latter was more intellectually gifted than Himmler. That Canaris survived as long as he did- is to me at least, a bit of a miracle.
 
Operation Kutscher

An interesting operation similar to Anthropoid that I hadn't heard about before. In Warsaw in February 1944 scouts from the Polish Home Army assasinated the SS Police Chief in Warsaw. @Condottiere


The Polish Home Army "Armia Krajowa" was an integral part of the Polish Armed Forces and came under the command of the Polish Government in Exile in London. It was the biggest and best organised resistance movement in occupied EUrope in WW2.

 
Many second line German Divisions including Waffen SS were equipped with Czech arms including SS Moterised Division Totenkopf in 1940 and SS Division Politzei. Many police units and security divisions in the East fighting partisans were using both obselete german stuff such as the MP28 machine pistol or Czech arms such as the MG26(t).

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ZB26/29 was Obsolete?

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There's an or in the middle of that phrase.
obselete german stuff such as the MP28 machine pistol or Czech arms such as the MG26(t).
So "obsolete German stuff" or "Czech arms".

The SS got a lot of foreign weapons because the army had priority for German made stuff. The German made stuff wasn't necessarily better, but being equipped with standardized kit made logistics and training easier. The SS had to make due with what they could get.

The foreign stuff was also given away to German allies.
 
The SS got a lot of foreign weapons because the army had priority for German made stuff.
Depended on the Role and the stage of the war. The Waffen SS wasn't formed until August 1940 after the battle of France. LSSAH and SS Division Reich were part of the Verfungungstruppe and as moterised Infantry were considered to be up to Army standards and were issued with German weapons. The SS Totenkopf division was part of the Totenkopfverbande consisting of surplus concentration camp guards.

By 1941 and the invasion of the USSR all three were part of the Waffen SS and were first line motorised Infantry Divisions (LSSAH was Brigade strengh) and issued german weapons. All three became PanzerGrenadier Divisions in 1942 and Panzer Divisions in 1943. Many second line SS Divisions such as the SS Polizei continued to be equiped with obselete German or Czech weapons.
 
Depended on the Role and the stage of the war. The Waffen SS wasn't formed until August 1940 after the battle of France. LSSAH and SS Division Reich were part of the Verfungungstruppe and as moterised Infantry were considered to be up to Army standards and were issued with German weapons. The SS Totenkopf division was part of the Totenkopfverbande consisting of surplus concentration camp guards.

By 1941 and the invasion of the USSR all three were part of the Waffen SS and were first line motorised Infantry Divisions (LSSAH was Brigade strengh) and issued german weapons. All three became PanzerGrenadier Divisions in 1942 and Panzer Divisions in 1943. Many second line SS Divisions such as the SS Polizei continued to be equiped with obselete German or Czech weapons.
There were a few front line SS divisions which got issued army equipment because they had to operate with the army. The bulk of the SS however were doing internal security and anti-partisan work.

In the late part of the war the majority of the SS weren't even German. It was a convenient place to put odds and sods of formations contributed by smaller allies and the like (e.g. Albanians) who couldn't be useful on the front lines because they were so poorly equipped or trained or their formations were too small. A lot of them ended up fighting partisans in Yugoslavia.
 

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Heydrich was responsible for the Einsatzgruppen, which he formed just before the invasion of Poland. Tonight on PBS America Ch 84 on Freeview at 21;10 a film, Resident Evil., on the Police Battalions.
 

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