Synopses & Reviews
Germany did not have a 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. During the war, the uniformed police undertook an important new task when it was used to assist the security police in carrying out duties in occupied territories. To this end, a total of thirty-eight police regiments were formed plus local regiments in occupied countries. Police members were used to raise and man two Waffen SS divisions to fight alongside the army. The police were at the core of civil defense in the Reich. Outstanding service was taken in fighting fires in the protection of members of the population and in supervising technical emergency assistance in the rescue of civilians. This book will attempt to show its complete organization and will provide biographical data on its senior officers.
About the Author
Phil Nix: Born 1938 in Knowle, south of Birmingham, he worked as a Railway fireman and served as a military policeman in the RAF and then did clerical work. He lived in Canada for 10 years and attended the University of Warwick in 1991, studying modern history, and graduating in 1996. Since then he has been working as an Adult education teacher. Georges Jerome: Born in 1952 in Mertz, where he still lives. He studied Commerce and Law at the University of Metz in the 70’s. He is involved in management duties in a bank at Nancy and he has also led training courses at the Dept > de Technologie of Metz since 1997. Married, he spends his time between war history, collecting books, nature evasion, and traveling in Canada where his son lives and works. He has been publishing articles on German police and Poland under German rule.