here's a 1990 (probably one of the very last) NVA march...check the police officer in the fore-ground...maybe it helps with the shoulder boards?
Hi Rene, I have been digging around but due to moving house, I can not find the Reference book that I was looking for with all the East and West German Police insignia. However, two books which I have found brilliant for ID'ing EG insignia and which can be purchased both in bound format and on a DVD are:
Uniformeffecten der bewaffneten Organe der DDR Spezialkatalog Band I Ministerium des Innern 1949 - 1990
Ditto Band II Ministerium fur Nationale Verteidigung 1956 - 1990 ----------- Ministerium fur Staatssicherheit 1957 - 1989.
Both books by KLAUS WALTHER ISBN 3-928948-07-5 (for Band II)
Both are very well worth buying if you do not have them already.
Cheers Michael R
As for the boards: I believe there were plans made by the DDR to indeed use this sort of shoulderboards (as you showed) around 1990-ish. However, they were never truly used. Depending on what way you go with your cap, VoPo-shoulderboards shouldn't be that hard to find.
Nice to see you here Jan!
Last edited by reneblacky; 06-29-2014 at 02:44 AM. Reason: added pic & text
In the NVA, senior NCO's were permitted to wear the officers cockade combined with the EM/NCO-chinstrap - I did not know that happened in the VoPo, too (but your picture shows it was indeed done).
here is a nice comment from a BW veteran:
" The NVA was better dressed and trained than the German Bundeswehr and we respected their combat readiness very much ! They march like in the 'good old Prussian days' "