Catholic priests, university students, and opinion leaders wrote articles for the Volkischer Beobachter, gave field sermons, blessed Sturmabteilung standards, promoted eugenics and racial purity, and participated in Catholic- oriented membership drives.
For instance, Herman Goring was the commander-in-chief of the Air Force (Luftwaffe), as well as the supreme leader of the Nazi Sturmabteilung (SA) and second in command to Hitler, and Karl Donitz was the commander-in-chief of the Kreigsmarine and became the "head of the German Government" following Hitler's death.
Beside its evocation of the Nazis' brown-shirred Sturmabteilung (SA), the group has much in common with the Soviet-era Komsomol (Communist Youth League), which was the main avenue for upward mobility among Soviet-era youth.
But we should consider: the concept of "stormtroopers" developed from its beginning in March 1915, when a unit known as Sturmabteilung Calsow (Calsow's Assault Detachment) under Major Calsow was formed by the Eighth Army by orders from the British War Ministry.
After his faithful participation in the Night of the Long Knives--Hitler's operation to purge the SS's main competitors, Ernst Rohm's Sturmabteilung (SA)--Dietrich was promoted to SS-Obergruppenfuhrer, Waffen-SS (Lieutenant General).