BACKGROUND: On June 17TH 1936, Reichsführer-SS, (National Leader of the 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. Of Note: The Feuerschutzpolizei, (Fire Protection Police), continued to wear the traditional blue uniforms although a Himmler directive in November 1938 dictated that the Urban Fire Protection Police also exchange their blue uniforms for the new police green uniforms. 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 wine red truppenfarbe being allocated to the Schutzpolizei des Gemeinden (Municipal Protection Police). Of Note: The wine red truppenfarbe for the Schutzpolizei des Gemeinden was altered to the same green truppenfarbe as utilized by the Schutzpolizei des Reiches, (National Protection Police), sometime early in the war. 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.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice quality collar tabs feature wine red wool bases with hand embroidered litzen in bright silver/aluminum wire threads with the base wool showing through as the center stripes and the regulation "V" patterned, bright silver/aluminum wire "branch of service" stripes. Some mothing.

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