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SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer Paul Hausser – father of the Waffen-SS unit – 1880.

SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer Paul Hausser – father of the Waffen-SS unit – 1880.

During his military career, Paul Hausser was wounded several times (he lost an eye and his jaw was shot). He held the second highest rank in the SS after Himmler.

On October 7, 1880, Paul Hausser, one of the leading German military commanders in World War II, was born. He was born in the city of Brandenburg, located on the Havel River west of Berlin. This city, which gave its name to the entire province of Brandenburg, was located at the time of Hausser’s birth in the Kingdom of Prussia, which was an integral part of the German Empire.

Hausser became an officer in the Prussian army at an early age, and then even attended the Prussian War Academy in Berlin. He became a general in the Reichswehr in 1931, and retired the following year. As a retired general, Hausser became commander in the SS. Meanwhile, the Nazis, led by Hitler, came to power in Germany (1933). Paul Hausser played a key role in the formation of the Waffen-SS units, which fought alongside the Wehrmacht (the regular German army). He was also nicknamed Papa Hausser, after whom he became famous. In time, Hausser rose to the rank of SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer and Colonel-General of the Waffen-SS. It was the second highest rank in the SS, right after the Reichsführer-SS rank (held by Heinrich Himmler).

During his military career, Paul Hausser was wounded several times (he lost an eye and his jaw was shot). After the war, he insisted that Waffen-SS was a professional military, not a criminal organization. He died in Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart in 1972, at the age of 93.

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