BACKGROUND: When Hitler and the NSDAP, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, (National Socialist German Worker’s Party), gained power in January 1933 the German railway system was maintained and administered by two civilian organizations, the DR, Deutsches Reichsbahn, (German National Railway), and the, DR-G, Deutsches Reichsbahn-Gesellschaft, (German National Railway-Corporation), which were overseen by the national government. Both the DR, and the DR-G were uniformed organizations responsible for all the railways within Greater Germany and eventually in the occupied areas. The Bzp, Bahnschutzpolizei, (Railway Protection Police), were established, by the DR in 1933 with voluntary personnel drawn from the SA, Sturm Abteilung, (Storm Troopers) and SS, Schutz Staffel, (Protection Squad), to protect the railway network. Originally Bahnschutzpolizei personnel wore navy blue uniforms and headgear, as the DR personnel but this was eventually changed to blue/grey uniforms and headgear in 1941. Along with the new blue/grey uniforms a series of six cufftitles were also introduced in 1941with slight variations to each depicting different ranks and rank groups. This example indicates the rank of Bzp-Oberzugführer which was equivalent to the German army rank of Leutnant. Of Note: In 1942 the Bahnschutzpolizei were reorganized and control was transferred from the Deutsches Reichsbahn to the SS under the command of SS-Obergruppenführer Gottlob Berger.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 1 3/16" tall, 18 3/4" long, full length, machine woven cufftitle in bright, horizontally ribbed, silver/aluminum flat-wire threads with nice, high relief, black, machine embroidered, Gothic script, "Bahnschutzpolizei". Both the top and bottom edges of the cufftitle are trimmed with a roughly, 1/8" wide, interwoven black stripe and the ends both have dual-ply, machine stitched hems. The cufftitle is in overall excellent, unissued, clean condition. Scarce cufftitle.

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $715.00

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