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Item description for UNIFORMED POLICE FORCES OF THE THIRD REICH: 1933 - 1945 by Phil Nix & Gerorges Jerome...

Germany had no national police force until 1920 when it was formed by the Weimar regime. The National Socialists were instrumental in its development. The duties performed by the Ordnungspolizei were the same as those performed in any other country in peace time. However, it did supervise the professional and voluntary fire services and provided advice to private factory security units.

During the war the uniformed police undertook an important new task. it was used to assist the security police in carrying out duties in occupied territories. To this end a total of 38 police regiments and a number of local regiments in occupied territories were formed. Police members were used to raise and man two Waffen-SS divisions to fight alongside the army. The police were at the core of the civil defenses in the Third Reich providing the organization for defense against air raids in towns and industrial complexes. Outstanding service was given in fighting fires and in the protection of members of the population.

This book will attempt to show the complete organization of the police forces of the Third Reich and will provide biographical information on the most senior officers of the forces.


"...notable, impressive research... a desirable book for any WWII collection..." Henry Berry, 04/2008

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Studio: Leandoer and Ekholm
Pages   380
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 8.5" Height: 12"
Weight:   2.68 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   Leandoer and Ekholm
ISBN  9197589438  
ISBN13  9789197589437  

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encyclopedic coverage of little-known forces of Nazi Germany  Apr 30, 2008
The Nazi uniformed police forces originated with the establishment of the Hauptamp (German for main office) in June 1936. These forces new to the German state are believed to have been a spin-off of the SS forces already established by the Nazis; and they absorbed into them some traditional German quasi-military forces. The primary responsibility of the uniformed forces was the organization of air-raid defenses in cities and firefighting. But in the Nazi-occupied countries of Europe, they performed duties which freed regular German and SS forces for other activities; and at times they became involved in these activities, including atrocities against civilian populations. The uniformed forces had an especially close relationship with the SS. In some areas, they enlisted recruits for the SS, and members of the uniformed forces would join SS units temporarily or sometimes permanently. In general, the uniformed forces were an integral part of the Nazi military and civil forces for securing and enforcing their dictatorship in Germany and occupied countries throughout Europe.

Nix is a Englishman with a background in the RAF and degree in modern history. The German coauthor Jerome has pursued lifelong avocations of study of World War II history, book collecting, and publishing articles on the book's subject and related ones while working at a bank. The authors have joined for an incredibly, remarkably detailed work on the little-covered topic of the uniformed police forces that because of the book, are seen to be a fundamental part of the German war effort, control of occupied Europe, and plans for conquest of all of Europe.

The organization and content of the book more or less mirrors the structure and growth of the forces. Starting with the establishment of the Hauptamp, Nix and Jerome cite the positions and describe the units within the uniformed police; and they say where the units were located. But they go well beyond such basic information to name countless individuals who held the different positions and give their backgrounds and notable work as leaders in the forces. With the units, the authors tell their activities in the area where they were located.

The notable, impressive research involved not only amassing such a great amount of diversified material, but also lining it all up correctly--names of units, where they were stationed, who headed each unit and filled its other significant positions, reassignments or promotions of individuals, movement of units, etc. While all the information is formatted in discrete short sections (e. g., profiles of individuals, origination of units) somewhat in the way of a catalog and is thus not a narration, the flow of information with proximity of closely related material provides a singular structural and chronological picture of the Nazi uniformed forces. Readers with a familiarity with the course of Nazism and World War II will especially see how the growth and activities of the forces were integrated in the Third Reich and mirrored its goals, victories, and ultimate decline and defeat.

The work is plainly essential for anyone wishing to know about this relatively specialized and heretofore little-covered aspect of Nazi Germany; and is a desirable book for any World War II collection wishing to be complete.

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