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    Deutsche Polizei:  Gendarmerie (Rural Police)

The Insignia of the German Police

Rural Police

The Rural Police (Gendarmerie) was a branch of the Order Police (Ordnungspolizei-ORPO) that was responsible for regular police duties within townships and villages with populations less than 2,000 persons. This included the farming communities that had little urban development.  

Prior to 1934, Protection Police were organized as separate authorities in each land or state within Weimar Germany.  In January 1934 the National Socialist government began to reorganize all police authorities in Germany by placing them under direct national (Reich) control.  Heinrich Himmler was appointed by Adolf Hitler to be the commander in chief of all police organizations in Germany.  Thus began the association and close working relationship of the German Order Police and the dreaded "Protections Squads" (Schutzstaffeln-SS).

As a distinct police group, the Rural Police were responsible for regular police duties as one might be accustomed to in modern rural communities.   Within the larger Order Police structure, various police duties were typically broken down into special units that were responsible for carrying out these activities.  Police units were generally housed in barracks and trained as military personnel as well as in standard police protocol.

The type of steel helmet most often worn by the Rural Police included the standard M1934 civic model light weight helmet bearing two decals.  In many cases helmets worn by Rural Police had no insignia whatsoever.  Rural Police helmets were typically painted light to medium field gray finish.  However, as supply channels often dictated it was also likely that many Gendarmerie personnel were issued standard black painted M1934 civic model Schutzpolizei helmets as well.


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This Information Track provides historical facts pertaining to helmets of the Rural Police (Gendarmerie) from 1933-1945.  Individual links related to this subject are outlined below.

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