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The SS Cavalry Brigade was once a unit of the Waffen-SS that differed from different German army formations because it constructed a 'dual role': SS cavalrymen either helped to start up the Holocaust within the Soviet Union and skilled strive against on the entrance.

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79 Poles, too, were driven into the General Government by the SS riders. At the same time, they supported the resettlement of ethnic Germans from Eastern Europe. 81 The final destination for many Polish Jews became the Lublin district, the designated area for the so-called ‘Judenreservat’ or ‘Reichsghetto’. 82 To an increasing degree, Jews were not only disadvantaged, humiliated, and segregated, but also murdered. The killings were carried out by Waffen-SS or police units, often in cooperation.

This unit and the other regiments built up later were exclusively at Hitler’s disposal. 59 The Totenkopfverbände (TV) were paramilitary units which ran and guarded the concentration camps. 60 As divisions of the Nazi Party, the VT and the TV were subordinate only to Hitler and constituted a purely National Socialist counterweight to the regular army and police. Despite strong resistance from the old elites, especially those in the military, Himmler prevailed: his initiative to establish these units as armed formations and to emphasize their role as executive organs of the state was backed by the Führer with the decree of 17 August 1938.

A veteran described the solidarity amongst the troopers in training and combat: In our squadron we also had an ethnic German named Franz K. Franzl was undoubtedly a genius when it came to ‘organising’, cooking, and 32 Fegelein’s Horsemen and Genocidal Warfare brawling but even after four months of weapons drill and two months of extra training he still did not understand how to disassemble and reassemble his rifle. However, Franzl [once] rescued a wounded comrade from a maize field that was under heavy enemy artillery fire.

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