Original German Rural Police Master Sergeant (Gendarmerie Oberwachtmeister) shoulder boards pair, VERY NICE CONDITION - NICE PAIR OF GENUINE AND RARE SHOULDER BOARDS, SHOWING MINOR MOTH DAMAGE AT THE BACK
HISTORY OF THE AWARD:
GENDARMERIE OBERWACHTMEISTER'S SHOULDER BOARDS - 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. Second pattern, sew on shoulder boards as introduced along with new uniforms in July 1936. The shoulder boards feature 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 wool truppenfarbe base.