Short for the Sturmabteilung, meaning 'Storm Detachment' and where the phrase 'storm trooper' comes from. They were also known as Brown Shirts, as they wore a brown uniform. Their primary purposes were providing vocal and violent protection for Nazi meetings, and disrupting, intimidating or fighting with the Nazi's opponents.
Fact of the Day
Highwayman Benjamin Child used his ill-gotten gains to discharge all the debtors in Salisbury jail. He was hanged in 1722.
Quote of the Day
"By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show. "
~ Samuel Johnson
On This Day
1940 Winston Churchill orders the evacuation of the BEF from Dunkirk. Operation Dynamo begins.