Product Description: These beautiful, textbook original Water Protection Police sleeve eagle patches have been together since before 1945. These depict the classic wreathed eagle and swastika emblem of the German police. They are “Bevo” machine woven, in dark blue and gold thread, on a dark blue rayon backing. Bevo insignia such as this was made in long strips or rolls, and this attractive pair was cut from such a roll. The condition of these Water Protection Police sleeve eagle patches is excellent. They show only minor age, and no damage. The Water Police Protection sleeve eagle was worn on the uniforms of the Wasserschutzpolizei, a sort of coast guard and river police force who protected Germany’s rivers, harbors and inland waterways. These ones are unissued and unused. This is a desirable pair, with lots of visual appeal. An interesting variant of Polizei insignia.
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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