Condition: Excellent to Near Mint
Maker: A. Fischer, Berlin
Product Description: A beautiful, and quite rare, German Police White Cross Belt with Pouch. The overall condition of the Cross Belt is excellent. The Cross Belt is made of a white lacquered leather, which exhibits light crazing from age and a few areas of yellowing. The belt is stamped on the reverse with the makers name “A. Fischer, Berlin”, and the date “1937”. Directly next to the maker and date stamps are possible acceptance stamps of “PO” and the date “1938”. The aluminum hardware is in excellent condition, and displays beautifully on the white belt. All stitching and hardware is original to the belt. The black cartridge pouch is in overall near mint condition. The pouch is made of a black lacquered leather, and is decorated with the national emblem for the German Police. The near mint emblem is made of a die stamped aluminum. This is a rare chance to acquire a German Police White Cross Belt with Pouch. Interesting to point out as well, during the pre-war years, sets such as this were used by the “SS-Leibstandarte Adolf Hilter” during parades or other events as such.
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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