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. The Feuerschutzpolizei, (Fire Protection Police), were distinguished from other police personnel with navy blue uniforms and headgear as opposed to the police green uniforms of the other police agencies. 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. This example appears to a foreign, possibly Czechoslovakian, manufactured overseas cap.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Grey wool construction overseas cap. Top edges of the cap are piped in blue rayon (which is rare to see). Cap has a machine woven, second pattern, (Circa April 1936-May 1945), wreathed police eagle in white threads mounted on a ribbed blue rayon trapezoidal base. The insignia is original hand stitching to the cap. The interior of the cap is fully lined in brushed blue rayon. Complete leather sweatband. Size marked 57.     (Ex Philippe Gillain Collection)

GRADE ****1/4                                                 PRICE $200.00

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