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Prussian Protection Police, inter-war years

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Prussian Protection Police, inter-war years

Unread postby Pavel Simandl » Thu Mar 03, 2005 11:45 am

Prussian Protection Police, inter-war years,
Preußen Schutzpolizei

Polizei-Reichs(?)Direktor / Director
Polizei-Oberst / Colonel
Polizei-Oberstleutnant / Lieutenant Colonel
Polizei-Major / Major
Polizei-Hauptmann / Captain
Polizei-Oberleutnant / Senior Lieutenant
Polizei-Leutnant / Lieutenant
Polize-Obermeister / Senior Warrant Officer
Polizei-Meister / Warant Officer
Polizei-Hauptwachtmeister / Sergeant Major
Polizei-Oberwachtmeister / First Sergeant
Polizei-Wachtmeister vom 4. Dienstjahr /Sergeant over 4 years
Polizei-Wachtmester bis zum 4. Dienstjahr / Sergeant less than 4 eyears
Polizei-Anwärter / Candidate

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Unread postby Guest » Thu Mar 03, 2005 3:01 pm

The most senior rank of Pol.-Kdr. is Polizeikommandeur = Commander (with General's rank), not anything else. Compare with the later BGS rank.

Technically, the Pol.-Mstr. and Pol.-Ob.-Mstr. had no corresponding military ranks. The corresponding civil service ranks where Sekretär and Obersekretär, respectively. The military rank equivalent of a Pol.-Mstr. was between Stabsfeldwebel and Lieutenant, while a Pol.-Ob.-Mstr. was of the same rank as a Pol.-Lt. (Senior Lieutenant).

Prussian police force

Unread postby Uli from Germany » Sat Dec 03, 2005 6:21 pm

Some little information about internal organization of Germany and the affairs of the "Reich" and the "countries"

OR :

Why PRUSSIAN police couldn´t have an "REICHSdirektor" as highest ranking official .

An "imperial" ( = centralized") German police existed only a short time during the regime of Hitler in the late 1930 - ties to 1945.

Germany has always been a federal organized country -- with the exception of the period of Hitler´s NAZI - regime -- 1933 - 1945 --

So - called "Länder" (could be translated as "countries" / or "states") had the main tasks of administration , so administration in common . education and culture, police etc. etc.

These countries could ( and can ) be compared with an US - STATE or a SWISS KANTON.

The opposite of the "counries" ("Länder") had been the "REICH" - the central power , today the "BUND" ("= federation"), comparable with the central power of US - federal authorities, e . g. the US Forces

Only the "Länder" had police - forces, so Prussia, Bavaria, Hesse, Württemberg etc. ( in the period to 1937)

The prefix "Reichs - " (later "Bundes -) indicated which part of the state is responsible for an authority : The "empire" or a "country".

Only railways, mail and the army had been affairs of the "empire".

The rest of organizations were in the responsibilities of the countries . E . g . police forces. ( similar like in the USA and in Switzerland)

So a "Reichsdirektor" (imperial director) could only be a leader of an authority of the "REICH" and never of a "country".

This is the simple reason a "REICHSdirektor" of PRUSSIAN police or any other police force of Germany until 1937 - 45 couldn´t have a "Reichsdirektor" as highest ranking official.
Uli from Germany


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