Product Description: This Erel Police EM Shako has great character and visual appeal. The Polizei green wool on the exterior is perfect, with no damage. The large wreathed eagle and swastika plate on the front is bare aluminum that shows almost no wear, with a luster that contrasts nicely with the darker wool. The aluminum cockade and black leather chin strap are intact and undamaged, both showing only slight wear. The patent leather at the top of the Shako and the front and rear patent leather visors show only slight toning and dulling from age. Inside, this Erel Police EM Shako is nearly pristine, with a leather liner that appears virtually unworn. The inside dome has a wonderful Robert Lubstein “Erel”decal with a great helmet profile graphic. The leather liner is complete with its original drawstring and is also embossed with an “Erel” logo. This Erel Police EM Shako displays extremely well and is in excellent condition.
Historical Description: The German Polizei (Police) had very many different roles before and during WWII. There were many different Police organizations that worked together for the purposes of law enforcement and maintaining order. The Ordnungspolizei was the regular police. Under the Ordnungspolizei umbrella were the various Schutzpolizei (protection police) units, including state, municipal, rural, and traffic police. There was also the Water Protection Police and the Fire Protection Police. Also within the Ordnungspolizei jurisdiction was the Hilfspolizei, a category which included volunteer fire departments, Air Raid Protection Police, postal protection, and Factory Protection Police, among other groups. Police batallions of the Ordnungspolizei deployed to occupied territories during WWII, where their duties included the roundup and elimination of Jews and other civilian groups the Nazis regarded as undesirable. Besides the Ordnungspolizei, there was also the Sicherheitspolizei, made up of the combined forces of the criminal police and the Gestapo secret police. Also under police jurisdiction was the Sicherheitsdienst, the intelligence service of the Nazi party and SS. Starting in 1943, all German police forces were placed under the command of SS leader Heinrich Himmler. The various Polizei organizations all had distinctive uniforms and insignia which indicated rank, organizational assignment, and occupational assignment. Headgear of Polizei units ranged from the mostly ornamental “Tschako” helmets of civilian police forces, to field caps and combat helmets. As with all Third Reich uniformed organizations, the Polizei had their own ID documents and awards, as well.
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