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n, pl -feln (-fəln)
(Historical Terms) See SS
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(ˈʃʊtsˌʃtɑ fəl)

German. an elite military unit of the Nazi Party that served as Hitler's bodyguard and as a special police force. Abbr.: SS
[literally, defense echelon]
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Noun1.Schutzstaffel - special police force in Nazi Germany founded as a personal bodyguard for Adolf Hitler in 1925; the SS administered the concentration camps
constabulary, police, police force, law - the force of policemen and officers; "the law came looking for him"
Gestapo - the secret state police in Nazi Germany; known for its terrorist methods
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Battles Intensified in Normandy, as German Panzer and Schutzstaffel units tried to destroy the beachhead while the Allies tried to break out of it.
Formed on the pattern of Nazi Germany's Schutzstaffel storm troopers who unleashed a reign of terror against Jews, communists and opponents of Nazi ideology, the RSS and Shiv Sena get regular military training in their cadet colleges and are later inducted into the Indian police, military and paramilitary force.
At first he'd been glad to spot Paul at this gathering of Schutzstaffel and Naval Intelligence.
In other words, Kaddish is preparing for the dreaded knock of the Schutzstaffel, when he ought to be protecting his son from the Argentine Anticommunist Alliance.
1922: The SS - Schutzstaffel or 'Protection Squad' - was formed in Germany by the growing Nazi Party.
| 1922: The SS - Schutzstaffel or "Protection Squad" - was formed in Germany.
The Geheime Staatspolizei ("Secret State Police" or "Gestapo") formed by Hermann Goring in 1933 and taken over by the Schutzstaffel (SS) a year later, performed duties as its name implied.
The symbol was drawn on a fence next to Nazi SchutzStaffel (SS) bolts, which appears to suggest the intentions of the 'artist' were linked to far right ideology.
(Oberst-gruppenpfuhrer, or supreme group leader, was the highest rank in the SS--the Schutzstaffel, or protection squadron, a Nazi paramilitary organization.) Within a week, US forces were in the seaside town of Avranches, about 38 miles south of Saint-Lo, disconnecting Hausser's left flank from the coast.