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Article about: Nice posed photograph of a Meister and Hauptwachtmeister no doubt divvying out all of the crappy jobs to the new probationers!! The NCO at the back wears a Silesian Eagle on his left breast

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    Nice posed photograph of a Meister and Hauptwachtmeister no doubt divvying out all of the crappy jobs to the new probationers!!

    The NCO at the back wears a Silesian Eagle on his left breast pocket and sports an impressive feldspange.

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    Great picture
    Best regards,
    Lt. Col
    Ullergaard

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    I have not studied up on the Ordnungspolizei so I appreciate the pic. A path to go down eventually.
    John

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    Quote by jamie7d7 View Post
    Nice posed photograph of a Meister and Hauptwachtmeister no doubt divvying out all of the crappy jobs to the new probationers!!

    The NCO at the back wears a Silesian Eagle on his left breast pocket and sports an impressive feldspange.
    I reckon the document they are poring over is the "tactical leave planner" and they are working out who gets to work the public holidays!

    WWI Feldspangen were fairly common amongst the German police at that time because very many were WWI veterans. The Treaty of Versailles drastically limited the size of the German Army but not the Police so a great many discharged veterans ended up in the Police. Not too much of a stretch really because the Police was run along broadly similar lines and police personnel were firearms trained as a matter of course and carried out field training. This in part is how the Polizei Divisionnen of the Wehrmacht and Waffen SS came into being (it isn't quite that simple but you get the idea) . They had basically remained in uniform and under arms as it were thus Versailles in a way had been side stepped.

    Great pic by the way. Posed or not it is evocative of an era.

    Regards

    Mark
    "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing he cares more about than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature with no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."

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