Original German Rural Police Sergeant (Gendarmerie Wachtmeister) shoulder boards pair, VERY NICE CONDITION - NICE PAIR OF GENUINE AND RARE SHOULDER BOARDS
HISTORY OF THE AWARD:
GENDARMERIE WACHTMEISTER'S SHOULDER BOARD - On June 17TH 1936, Himmler was appointed to the newly created position of Chef der Deutschen Polizei im Reichsministerium des Innern, (Chief of the German Police in the National Ministry of the Interior), effectively giving him full control of all police agencies, including the Feuerschutzpolizei, (Fire Protection Police), within Germany. As a result of this appointment and the restructuring of all the separate German state police into a single national police force new regulations were instituted to bring about uniformity in dress for all police through-out the country. One of the new uniform regulations was the introduction of new style shoulder insignia and the introduction of specific Truppenfarbe, (branch of service colors), to identify the assorted branches of Police service. Personnel serving with the Gendarmerie, (Rural Police), were allocated orange truppenfarbe. The slip on shoulder board features dual, outer edge, matte silver/aluminum Russian braid with evenly spaced, interwoven chocolate brown "V"s, encompassing dual, inner, chocolate brown braids, mounted on a orange rayon truppenfarbe base.