BACKGROUND: On June 17TH 1936, Reichsführer-SS Heinrich 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 with carmine being allotted to personnel serving with the Feuerschutzpolizei, (Fire Protection Police). Police personnel wore the shoulder boards in matching pairs to indicate the specific rank with the base being in the appropriate branch of service color. Of Note: The German Police had no enlisted ranks with the lowest rank being an Unterwachtmeister which was equivalent to the German army rank of Unteroffizier.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Second pattern, (circa 1936-1945), sew on shoulder boards as introduced along with new uniforms in July 1936. The shoulder boards feature dual, outer edge, bright silver/aluminum Russian braid with evenly spaced, interwoven black "V"s, encompassing dual, inner, black braids interwoven with dual bright silver/aluminum Russian braid with evenly spaced, interwoven black "V"s, mounted on carmine wool truppenfarbe bases. The shoulder boards are in overall excellent, unissued condition with minimal age toning. The shoulder boards represent the police rank of Meister serving with the Feuerschutzpolizei which would be the equivalent of the army rank of Leutnant.

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