BACKGROUND: With the invasion of Russia on June 22ND 1941 the German army quickly occupied large tracts of territory resulting in ever extending rear areas that required policing to maintain order amongst the population and to secure open transportation and communication lines to the front. Originally the army had established small auxiliary police units for these purposes which were followed by SS, Schutz Staffel, (Protection Squad), action groups. The territories occupied proved to be too large for these small auxiliary units to police effectively which resulted in recruitment of local anti-communist personnel which were formed into Schuma, Schutzmannschaften, (Protection Troops), units in November 1941. The Schuma personnel fell under the control of the regional Höhere SS und Polizeiführer, (Higher SS and Police Leader). These Schuma personnel wore a wide variety of uniforms, headgear and insignia including surplus black Allgemeine-SS, (General-SS), uniforms, and assorted field-grey and police green items. In August 1942 the first official pattern insignia for Schuma personnel was introduced but proved ineffective and was discontinued in November of that year. In April 1943 a second pattern insignia, including shoulder straps, was introduced for Schuma personnel and was utilized for the duration of the war, however it appears that the insignia was not widely distributed. With the second pattern Schuma insignia specific, identifying, Truppenfarbe, (Branch of Service Colors), were also introduced, to identify the assorted branches of Police service, with police green being allotted to Schuma personnel serving with the Schutzpolizei, (Protection Police). The Truppenfarbe color was generally displayed as piping on the shoulder straps for EM/NCO ranks.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Black wool/rayon blend construction, slip on shoulder straps with pointed tips, a machine embroidered, elongated, angular, swastika in silvery/grey rayon threads and police green rayon truppenfarbe piping. The bottoms of the shoulder straps and the slip on, retaining tongues are in stone grey wool and the reverse of the slip on tongues have grey rayon reinforcement panels machine stitched in place. Excellent condition, nice!

GRADE ****1/2                             PRICE $359.00

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