A German Water Protection Police NCO’s Belt with Buckle; 1936 Pattern
A German Water Protection Police NCO’s Belt with Buckle; 1936 Pattern - Buckle is die-stamped gilt steel, magnetic, unmarked, illustrating a swastika with a half wreath of oak leaves below and the inscription "Gott mit uns" (God is with Us) in Gothic script above, on a pebbled field, 48.3 mm x 64.5 mm, intact prongs. Belt is fabricated from a thick leather with a dark brown finished upper, with a 195 mm long leather tab stitched on the reverse, the tab with the embossed maker mark stamp "Ekso Prima", the buckle attached to thebelt via its prongs at the right end, a magnetic metal bar with receiving clip on the left end, the belt measuring 45 mm x 970 mm. Contact marks on the buckle, with the expected scuffing and age wear on the belt. Better than very fine. Footnote: On June 17, 1936, Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler was appointed to the newly created position of Chef der Deutschen Polizei im Reichsministerium des Innern, (Chief of the German Police in the National Ministry of the Interior), effectively giving him full control of all police agencies within Germany. As a result of this appointment and the restructuring of all the separate German state police into a single national police force, new regulations were instituted to bring about uniformity in dress for all police throughout the country. One of the new uniform regulations, was the introduction of two new styles of belt buckles on June 25,1936, with a round buckle for Officer’s ranks of Polizei Obermeister up to and including, Generaloberst der Polizei and a box buckle for NCO ranks of Polizei Unterwachtmeister up to and including Polizei Meister. Both the Company and Field grade officers and NCO’s buckles were produced with a silver finish while Generals ranks of Generalmajor up to and including, Generaloberst der Polizei utilized gilt finished belt buckles. The Police were divided into eight assorted branches of service, including the Wasserschutzpolizei (Water Protection Police), and in an exception to the rule, all ranks of the Wasserschutzpolizei utilized gilt buckles. The Wasserschutzpolizei were tasked with policing the coasts, inland waterways and harbour security, along with maintaining order and other general policing duties within greater Germany.