The Insignia of the
und Feldpolizei – Berlin-Brandenburg
As leader of
Germany’s largest police force, Hermann Göring established
a small cadre of supplementary police for use in the
Brandenburg district of Berlin.
This was the first of many Sturmabteilung (SA) police
organizations formed by
Hermann Göring as a means of establishing paramilitary
groups under the leadership of the National Socialist Party. In February 1933 volunteers and hand picked members of
the Sturmabteilung were organized into the “Hilfspolizei."
This police group consisted of three detachments of sixty men
each with many members having had former police experience.
In March 1933 the unit was expanded into a new SA unit
designed “Feldpolizei der Gruppe Berlin-Brandenburg.”
At this time insignia was changed from that typically found on
standard SA uniforms to now include collar patches consisting
of the Prussian Police eagle superimposed on a sunburst star.
In effect, the unit now utilized distinctive police insignia
which set members apart from regular SA units.
It is not certain if either the Hilfspolizei or the Feldpolizei der Gruppe
Berlin-Brandenburg wore helmets of any kind, although at least
one photograph has surfaced to
suggest that helmets were worn bearing a large three-color
swastika painted on the left side.
1933, many of the supplementary police units formed by the
National Socialist Party were still in the early stages of
development. At this point in time, further
information is not available in order to clearly identify
these helmets and their specific configurations. Only a
single photograph exists to testify to the fact that a Berlin
SA unit in 1933 wore helmets configured in this pattern.
Since the SA-Hilfspolizei existed for only two short months
(February through March 1933) before being reorganized into
the Feldpolizei – Berlin-Brandenburg,
additional information is needed to confirm the exact nature
of helmets worn by this unit.
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