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Vicky France: Groupes Mobiles de Réserve

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Vicky France: Groupes Mobiles de Réserve

Unread postby Luke2 » Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:41 pm

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Vichy riot police GMR. Source: http://polices.mobiles.free.fr/les_gmr.html

See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groupe_mo ... C3%A9serve

These were, as far as I can tell, the normal rank insignia of the National Police during the Vichy period; yet the senior ranks of Commissaire and above were not used in the GMR.
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Re: Vicky France: Groupes Mobiles de Réserve

Unread postby marcpasquin » Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:37 am

Luke2 wrote:Vichy riot police GMR. Source: http://polices.mobiles.free.fr/les_gmr.html

These were, as far as I can tell, the normal rank insignia of the National Police during the Vichy period; yet the senior ranks of Commissaire and above were not used in the GMR.


Based on the page you linked, it would seem to be that the lack of commissaire (as a separate group) is simply due to the organisation: the largest division was the Groupe which was headed by a Commandant. All groups within a given region where placed under the authority of a Commandant Régionale. Based on the uniform section of the same site, the various ranks of commandants are explicitly said to wear the same uniforms (but not badges) as commissaires.

Incidently, there was a dedicated directorate to the GMR within the Direction Générale de la Police Nationale composed of a Directeur, 2 Sous-Directeurs & 6 Chefs de Section altough they, like the Commandant Régionale, appear to have been titles of functions as the directeur was actually a colonel (later general) of the land army.
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