By Gordon Williamson
In virtually each military on the planet, the army police rank among those who find themselves least cherished through different squaddies regardless of the basic tasks that they bring out, usually being among the 1st in and final out in any theatre of battle. within the German defense force, critiques of the army police have been these of worry and mistrust, so nice have been the powers held by means of those troops. Germany created a plethora of other branches of what have been termed 'Ordnungstruppe' ('Troops for conserving Order'). Many wore a particular steel plate round the neck, resulting in their nickname 'Kettenhund' or 'Chain Dogs'. regardless of being occupied with the brutal therapy of partisans, their talents have been loads preferred through the Allies that on Germany's give up, Wehrmacht army police devices have been allowed to stay in put up to help in controlling the big variety of disarmed German troops. Supplemented with formerly unpublished photos, Kettenhund! - The German army Police within the moment international presents a close examine of the business enterprise of those devices and the exact uniforms and insignia they wore.
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These transitional police uniforms have been amended by having an army breast eagle added along with army style shoulder straps and army style NCO braid around the collar. This transitional police uniform has the Feld=Gendarmerie armband placed over the sleeve eagle and also has an army national emblem added to the right breast. Cufftitle for the Motorisierte Gendarmerie which supplied so many of its personnel for duty in the Feldgendarmerie. A junior NCO from the Motorisierte Gendarmerie, which provided a large portion of the first personnel to serve in the Feldgendarmerie.
On the subject of Waffenfarbe it is perhaps worth mentioning that the Feldgendarmerie was not the only branch to use orange-red Waffenfarbe. The army’s recruiting branch also used this colour until 1942 after which it changed to white. Other smaller branches such as the ordnance and engineering branches also used orange-red Waffenfarbe. However, these other branches also featured identifying devices on their shoulder straps—in the case of the recruiting branch a roman numeral designating the Wehrkreis or military district was featured and for ordnance troops, the letters Fz (for Feldzeug) for supplementary officers, crossed canon for ordnance officers and a cogwheel for engineering officers.
1 × kubelwagen. 1 × bus. 4 × carbines. 3 × pistols. 1 × machine pistol. Repair/maintemance troop: 1 NCO and 3 men (Schirrmeister NCO, Mechanics). 1 × motorcycle/sidecar combination. 1 × 2 ton truck. 3 × carbines. 1 × pistol. Notice all the traffic post signs stored around the spare wheel on the bonnet of this Feldgendarmerie Volkswagen Kubelwagen. Pre-war Opel Olympia 2 door model 13237 in the service of the Feldgendarmerie. Rather than military type jeeps, the majority of vehicles used by the Feldgendarmerie appear to be civilian cars impressed into military service.
Kettenhund!: The German Military Police in the Second World War by Gordon Williamson