BACKGROUND: On June 17TH 1936, Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler was appointed to the newly created position of Chef der Deutschen Polizei im Reichsministerium des Innern, (Chief of the German Police in the National Ministry of the Interior), effectively giving him full control of all police agencies within Germany. As a result of this appointment and the restructuring of all the separate German state police into a single national police force new regulations were instituted to bring about uniformity in dress for all police through-out the country. One of the new uniform regulations was the introduction of new style shoulder and collar insignia and the introduction of specific Truppenfarbe, (Branch of Service Colors), to identify the assorted branches of Police service with green being allotted to personnel serving with the Schutzpolizei des Reiches, (National Protection Police). Police personnel wore the shoulder boards and collar tabs in matching pairs to indicate the specific rank with the base being in the appropriate branch of service color. The collar tabs signified rank groups with the specific rank being indicated by the shoulder boards/straps. Also with the regulations of 1936 Police personnel holding one of the Generals ranks Generalmajor, Generalleutnant and General der Polizei were authorized wear of the old Prussian "Larisch" style collar tabs. The "Larisch" style collar tabs remained in use through-out the war for standard uniformed Police Generals ranks. The 4. SS-Polizei-Panzer-Grenadier-Division was originally formed as the Polizei-Division by order of September 18TH 1939, with the personnel drawn mainly from the Ordungspolizei, (Order Police). On its formation it wasn’t considered a true Waffen-SS, (Armed-SS), Division, but after proving itself in combat, it was accepted as a full Waffen-SS Division on February 10TH 1942 and given the designation, "SS-Polizei-Division". Of Note: The division under went an additional two designation alterations, being designated as the SS-Polizei-Panzer-Grenadier-Division in June 1943 and finally as 4. SS-Polizei-Panzer-Grenadier-Division in October 1943. After the Division was fully amalgamated into the Waffen-SS, regulations altered the Police style shoulder and collar insignia to the Waffen-SS patterns. Divisional personnel holding General’s ranks also utilized the SS pattern insignia but retained the police green base color as opposed to the standard black SS versions. With the amalgamation of the division into the Waffen-SS Generals now held both Police and SS ranks which resulted in rank designation changes. Of Note: The alteration of the shoulder and collar insignia resulted in assortment of insignia being worn including Police, SS and army patterns.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:  1942 pattern General of Gemeindepolizei (very early before they were changed to green). The matching tab to this one currently resides in the Clyde Davis collection. Rare tab!

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