Formed in 1921, the Sturmabteilung (SA) or “Brown Shirts” functioned as the original paramilitary wing of the Nazi Party (NSDAP). Comprised mostly out of WWI veterans and Freikorps (German volunteer military or paramilitary units), the SA’s main function was to provide protection at Nazi rallies and assemblies. The SA played a critical role in Hitler’s rise to power. The organization was co-founded by Adolf Hitler and Ernst Rohm and was later put under Rohm’s leadership. In 1934, Hitler’s ordered the “Blood purge” / the dis-empowering of the SA which later became known as the “Night of the Long Knives”. Like most NSDAP branches, the SA wore a paramilitary military uniform and dagger.
The SA dagger was originally produced in vast quantities by 123 different makers. Initially these daggers were made of the highest quality, being produced out of hand-fitted nickel fittings, hardwood grips and brown anodized or “blued” scabbards. The blades were etched, “Alles für Deutschland”, or “All for Germany”. Later examples were RZM marked and used less expensive plated zinc-based fittings with painted scabbards. This particular dagger is dated 1941 and and retains a crisply etched and bright blade. There are some minor scuff and scratches, but overall it is in fine condition.