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 Police were divided into eight assorted branches of service, including the Wasserschutzpolizei, (Water Protection Police). The Wasserschutzpolizei, (Water Protection Police), along with 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.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Early pattern, deep navy blue wool construction overseas cap features fold down side and back panels. The front center of the cap has a machine woven, second pattern, (circa June 1936-May 1945), wreathed, police style, national eagle in white threads on a, woven, mid-blue, trapezoidal, rayon base. The eagle is neatly handstitched to the cap. The interior of the cap is fully lined in ribbed, grey rayon. Size marked 56. Excellent condition.      (Ex Philippe Gillain Collection)

GRADE ****1/2                                                 PRICE $439.00 (Or Best Offer)

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