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 on June 25TH 1936 to bring about uniformity in dress for all police through-out the country. One of the new uniform regulations replaced the previously worn blue uniforms with a new style police green uniform that was utilized, with minor modifications, until the end of the war. The police were divided into eight assorted branches of service and during the restructuring the different police agencies were assigned specific identifying "truppenfarbe" (Troop {Branch of Service} Colors), with green truppenfarbe being allocated to the Schutzpolizei des Reiches, (National Protection Police). On the service tunic the truppenfarbe was generally displayed as the base of the shoulder boards/straps and the collar tabs as well as on ornamental piping. Police Officers holding the rank of Polizei-Leutnant to Generaloberst der Polizei were responsible for purchasing their own uniforms and could purchase them through the SS-Kleiderkasse, (Clothing Account), system which was originally established in Munich in 1935. The Officers were allotted a one time clothing allowance from the government with the amount varying depending on the individuals rank. The ranks of Polizei Unterwachtmeister to Polizei-Obermeister were issued their uniforms although they could also choose to purchase privately tailored garments of higher quality although the price may have been restrictive. Of Note: The German Police had no enlisted ranks with the lowest rank being an Unterwachtmeister which was equivalent to the German army rank of Unteroffizier.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality, private purchase, Police green, wool/rayon blend construction service tunic with a subtle whipcord weave features a vertical, eight button front closure with dual metal hooks and eyes at the forward neckline and a lay down collar. The edges of both of the front closure panels are trimmed in green wool, truppenfarben piping. The tunic has two, pleated, patch, breast pockets and two non-pleated, patch hip pockets, all with scalloped button down flaps. Award loops for one badge and one ribbon/medal bar. The straight cut, sleeves have non-adjustable, simulated French cuffs in chocolate brown wool with dual ornamental buttons to the outside sleeve seams and green wool truppenfarben piping to the top and forward edges. The upper left sleeve has a hand embroidered, wreathed police eagle in bright silver/aluminum wire and bullion threads with a black swastika on a cut-out, vertically oval, ribbed police green wool base. The police eagle is neatly handstitched to the sleeve. The reverse of the tunic has a central vertical tail skirt vent with two ornamental buttons to the top edge and an additional two ornamental buttons to the bottom edge. The tail skirt vent is flanked by small, ornamentally, vertical panels which are piped in green wool truppenfarben. The tunic has sewn on shoulder boards with bright, interwoven silver/aluminum braids mounted on green wool truppenfarben bases. The shoulder boards are still quite clean and bright. The shoulder board retaining buttons are intact. The reverse of the chocolate brown wool lay down collar has the typical zig-zag reinforcement stitching. The forward edge of the collar is piped in green wool truppenfarben and the collar features hand embroidered collar tab litzen in bright silver/aluminum wire threads with the regulations "V" patterned silver/aluminum wire "branch of service stripes", mounted on green wool truppenfarben bases. The collar tabs are machine stitched to the collar. The interior of the tunic is fully lined in ribbed brown rayon with black striped, white rayon sleeves. The lining has a horizontal slash pocket to the left breast and two small vertical slash "glove" pockets to the reverse of the tail skirt vent. The reverse of the exterior left hip pocket has a horizontal slash for dagger/sword hangers. The tunic has no visible size or manufacturers markings. The tunic is in overall very good condition with light age and usage toning. Insignia and buttons look to be all original stitching. The tunic is roughly size 34" chest. Nice tunic.  (Ex Philippe Gillain Collection)

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $1,295.00 (Or Best Offer)

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