Original German WWII M34 Square Dip NSDAP Double Decal Civic Police Steel Helmet with 57cm Liner - Ordnungspolizei
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a nice, genuine steel construction M34 "Square Dip" Third Reich helmet, outfitted for German WW2 civic police issue. Features genuine double decals of civic eagle and NSDAP swas shield. Comes complete with a leather liner and the rectangular cork washers still intact, with all 4 original split pins still present.
The exterior of this German helmet retains almost all of the original black enamel paint, showing only light scuffing and scrapes. There are a few small chips but nothing major. Both decals are retained at about 95%, with some nice age discoloration and light wear, giving them a great patina. The interior of the helmet also has great paint, however there is not any maker marking that we can see.
The liner is in good condition, still quite soft and supple, still retaining the crown pad, with the original top tie present as well. It is stamped with a size 57 marking, however there is also an area at the back that was partly torn out due to damage. The liner still has the 5 tabs for securing a leather neck protector, as well as the chin strap, which is unfortunately completely detached on one side.
A very nice complete example that comes ready to display!
The Ordnungspolizei, abbreviated Orpo, meaning "Order Police", were the uniformed police force in NSDAP Germany from 1936 to 1945. The Orpo organization was absorbed into the NSDAP monopoly on power after regional police jurisdiction was removed in favor of the central N government ("Reich-ification", Verreichlichung, of the police). The Orpo was controlled, nominally by the Interior Ministry but its executive functions rested with the leadership of the SS until the end of World War II. Owing to their green uniforms, Orpo were also referred to as Grüne Polizei (green police). The force was first established as a centralized organization uniting the municipal, city, and rural uniformed police that had been organized on a state-by-state basis.
The Ordnungspolizei encompassed virtually all of NSDAP Germany's law-enforcement and emergency response organizations, including fire brigades, coast guard, and civil defense. In the prewar period, Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS, and Kurt Daluege, chief of the Order Police, cooperated in transforming the police force of the Weimar Republic into militarized formations ready to serve the regime's aims of conquest and racial annihilation. Police troops were first formed into battalion-sized formations for the invasion of Poland, where they were deployed for security and policing purposes, also taking part in executions and mass deportations. During World War II, the force had the task of policing the civilian population of the occupied and colonized countries beginning in spring 1940.
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