The wartime Police were headed by Himmler as chief of the SS; and throughout the occupied nations the regional SS commanders were specifically termed 'Higher SS and Police Leaders'. It was not a single service, but a vast machinery which included many special categories - from conventional criminal detectives, municipal and rural police; to many police combat battalions sent to Russia; to border and customs police, and special railway and waterway departments; to fire brigades and emergency engineer squads, and even a colonial service for North Africa. The purpose of this title is to explain the complex organization and the particular duties of the different branches which formed such a critical part of the Nazi apparatus and ensured that control was maintained inside Hitler's Fortress Europe. Painstaking research by the author has unearthed fascinating information about the Police organizations their many different uniforms and insignia, which are illustrated in the colour plates.
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Author Biography - Gordon Williamson
Gordon Williamson was born in 1951 and currently works for the Scottish Land Register. He spent seven years with the Military Police Territorial Army (reserves) and has published a number of books and articles on the military decorations of the Third Reich and their recipients. He is also the author of a number of World War II titles for Osprey. The author lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.