WW2 German SS Police Patch 


There were three main police forces in Nazi Germany under the Reichsführer-SS, Heinrich Himmler from 1936:

  • Ordnungspolizei (Orpo; order police) consisting of the regular uniformed police
  • Sicherheitspolizei (SiPo; security police) consisting of two sub-departments of the Gestapo (Secret State Police) and Kriminalpolizei (Kripo; criminal police)
  • Sicherheitsdienst (SD; security service)


The leadership of the German police was formally vested in the Minister of the Interior, Wilhelm Frick from January 1933, who along with Hermann Göring exercised executive power over Germany's police organs; this was an important part of Adolf Hitler's effort to increase his administrative grip over the nation.


On 17 June 1936, Hitler appointed Himmler chief of the German police, which resulted in a "unified concentration of the entire police apparatus...and the administrative concentration of the police forces of the entire Reich." This action effectively merged the police into the SS and removed it from Frick's control. As Germany's most senior policeman, Himmler had two goals; first the official goal of centralization and Gleichschaltung: reforming the German police forces after Nazi Party ideals; secondly, the unofficial goal of making the German police an adjunct of the SS, thereby increasing his power base and improving his standing among Hitler's vassals.



~ Nazi, Germany ~

Nazi Germany, officially known as the German Reich from 1933 until 1943, and the Greater German Reich from 1943 to 1945, was the German state between 1933 and 1945, when Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party controlled the country, transforming it into a dictatorship. Under Hitler's rule, Germany quickly became a totalitarian state where nearly all aspects of life were controlled by the government. The Third Reich, meaning "Third Realm" or "Third Empire", alluded to the Nazi claim that Nazi Germany was the successor to the earlier Holy Roman Empire and German Empire. The Third Reich, which Hitler and the Nazis referred to as the Thousand Year Reich, ended in May 1945 after just 12 years, when the Allies defeated Germany, ending World War II in Europe.


WW2 German SS Police Patch

SKU: CP - Nazi SS Police Patch
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