Talk:Sturmabteilung

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Title

Aren't the titles supposed to be in English? Britannica calls this group the "SA." PeterKa 08:33, 9 March 2014 (EDT)

And we're not Britannica, nor are we Wikipedia. Let's chart our own course.  :) Karajou 09:40, 9 March 2014 (EDT)
It is better using the original German word for the organization; SA is only its initials. I had moved the "Brownshirts" article contents to the "Storm Troopers" article about a year ago. There was no need for the redundancy. I could not rename it then. It is better now, as renamed by Karajou. --JohnJustice 22:32, 9 March 2014 (EDT)
The title of an entry should tell the reader what the subject is called in English-language secondary sources, for example an overview history book. On Wikipedia, they call this the "common name." (Although I notice that in this case Wikipedia is also using the German-language name.) English-speakers would not use the current title as a name; It is too long and awkward. PeterKa 00:31, 10 March 2014 (EDT)
As long as there are re-directs to the German name herein, there should be no problem. --JohnJustice 21:41, 12 March 2014 (EDT)

Origins

The SA as an organization did follow the growth of the Nazi party, however the concept of Storm Troopers arises out if the 1918 German Spring Offensive and a change in German strategy late in the war. Stormtroopers were young recruits who hadn't experienced trench warfare, and were not trained to endure it. After a breakthrough of a line, Stormtroopers were funneled through rapidly and trained to disrupt the enemies supply lines in the rear, rather than engage in hand-to-hand combat in the trenches. They did experience some success, but were more less vastly outnumbered by arriving American troops. The success of this new strategy created a myth from which the concept of shocktroops or Stormtroopers was born (in reality, most found some alcohol by the time they reached the enemies supply lines in the rear, sat down got drunk and were captured, hence a low casualty rate which added to the myth). RobSDeep Six the Deep State! 13:25, 16 March 2018 (EDT)