I understood from comments on this Forum and other sources that the German Army did not supply the SS with small arms ammunition and that the NSDAP (Nazi Party) had to equip them. That is why much of the SS was armed with Czech Small Arms in the early years of WWII. I also understood that it wasn’t until 1943 that the SS received full Army support.
I have been checking sources to find references for the sources of the Small Arms Ammunition (SAA) used by the SS. The sources i have found indicate that the role of the SS evolved over the years, but it’s really rapid growth as military combat forces began about 1937. There is little actual information on the source of the SAA used by the SS units in combat, but on a number of history forums apparently knowledgeable people make a strong argument that, beginning with the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941 the SS units in combat were supplied by the Army just like other Army combat units. This makes excellent sense to me since, when I understood that the SS had a seperate supply system for SAA until 1943, I had a hard time conceiving how the SS would run a parallel ammunition supply system with the Army given the logistics issues faced in the Soviet Union.
I believe the History Forum experts got this correct for SS units in combat, but no mention was made of SAA supply for the units in training and those units that were not actually in combat such as concentration camp guards (which the Army didn’t want to have anything to do with). Perhaps these troops were supplied by the SS into 1943???
I have a number of questions, that perhaps Forum members can answer or at least express opinions on.
Is there a book or a website that discusses the SS supply of SAA???
Is there a reference for the 1943 SS conversion to Army supplied ammunition??? I have seen reference to Hitler personally directing the Army to supply tanks and/or artillery to the SS well earlier than this date.
Does anyone have information, with or without references, for where the SS obtained its SAA before WWII, and how it obtained both combat and non-combat SAA during WWII???
Any help appreciated.