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. The Police were divided into eight assorted branches of service consisting of the, Schutzpolizei des Reiches, (National Protection Police), the Gendarmerie, (Rural Police), the Wasserschutzpolizei, (Water Police), the Feuerschutzpolizei, (Fire Protection Police), the Polizei Medizinal Beamte, (Police Medical Officials), the Polizei Verwaltungs Beamte, (Police Administration Officials), the Polizei Veterinar Beamte, (Police Veterinarian Officials) and the Schutzpolizei des Gemeinden (Municipal Protection Police), with each branch having a distinguishing truppenfarbe, (Branch of service color), and distinct insignia for specialized personnel. The Gendarmerie had a special motorized emergency units which were tasked with policing the German autobahn and its personnel were identified by a distinctive cufftitle. The cufftitle was worn by all ranks on the lower left sleeve of the service tunic and came in an Officer’s version with piping to the top and bottom edges and an EM/NCO’ s version without the edge piping.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 35cm long, 30mm wide, mid-brown wool construction cufftitle with hand embroidered Gothic script, "Motorisierte Gendarmerie", (Motorized Rural Police), in bright silver/aluminum wire threads. The cufftitle has machine stitched seams to both the top and bottom edges and both ends. Worn and used example. Removed from a uniform.

GRADE *** 1/2                             PRICE $1,295.00

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