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SA insignia
Adolf Hitler and Ernst Röhm inspecting the SA
in Nuremberg in 1933
Agency overview
Formed 1920
Dissolved May 8, 1945
Superseding agency Schutzstaffel (c. 1934 onwards)
Headquarters SA High Command, Barerstraße, Munich
Minister responsible see Leaders below
Parent agency Nazi Party (NSDAP)
Child agency Schutzstaffel (until c. July 1934)

The Sturmabteilung (Loudspeaker.png listen (info • help); often shortened to SA) was a paramilitary group for the German Nazi Party. Their leader was Ernst Röhm. The group was important in helping Adolf Hitler gain power in the 1930s.

In English, they are often called the Stormtroopers or the Brownshirts, while Sturmabteilung literally translates to " detachment" or "assault section". They wore a brown uniform, similar to the black uniform worn by Mussolini's Blackshirts.

The word Sturmabteilung was used before the founding of the Nazi Party in 1919. It originally comes from the specialized assault troops used by Germany in World War I using Hutier infiltration tactics.

The SA played a key role in Adolf Hitler's rise to power in the 1930s. In 1934, however, he abolished the organization and sent the Schutzstaffel to arrest and kill their leaders.

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