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The SA (Sturmabteilung, storm detachment) was established in 1921 as a paramilitary protection squad of the NSDAP. The members of the SA were tasked with protecting party leaders at political rallies and meetings from the paramilitary forces of the opposing political factions. The SA was first utilised on November 4, 1921 at a meeting held in Munich’s "Hofbräuhaus" beer hall. The organisation was banned after the failed putsch in 1923 and was reactivated in February 1925.
A Pfeifenschnur is a lanyard with a whistle. They were worn by all SA leaders who led a unit. They were in the same colour as the collar tabs of the wearer. This was changed in April 1937 to brown, and blue for members of the Marine-SA.
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