- The Online Reference Guide to World War II German Helmets 1933-1945

    Deutsche Polizei:  Hilfspolizeien (Auxiliary Police)

The Insignia of the German Police

Auxiliary Police

In January 1934 independent police groups throughout Germany were reorganized into a central police organization.  This organization was controlled by the German government under the direct control of the elected National Socialist Party.  The newly established police organization was designated the Order Police (Ordnungspolizei).  A central organization, the Ordnungspolizei (ORPO) also encompassed many different police branches with different levels of responsibility.

The urban police, known as Protection Police (Schutzpolizei-Schupo)), was established as the primary group responsible for order within towns and cities having more than 2,000 residents.  Living places with less than 2,000 residents were designated Rural Police (Gendarmerie).

In an effort to bolster the number of police available during any type of crisis, the Auxiliary Police (Hilfspolizeien) was established as a means of acquiring more personnel.  Auxiliary Police served in the capacity of regular Schutzpolizei and underwent the same basic training.  In addition the Rural Police also operated an auxiliary police organization to support its needs.

The Auxiliary Police acted as a natural source of replacements for all types of police units falling under the Order Police.  In addition, the organization was the fertile retiring ground for older police officers who were no longer able to serve at full capacity.

Little is known regarding specific details about the helmets worn by the Auxiliary Police.  However, it is safe to assume that members were likely to have used standard police model helmets common to the Schutzpolizei.  This would have included M1935, M1940, and M1942 combat helmets when needed, but more likely the typical M1934 civic model light weight helmet painted in satin finished black.


Each section of is divided into separate Information Tracks that outline important details, facts, and historical notes pertaining to steel helmets used by the German Armed Forces during World War II.  

Information Tracks are organized by subject matter and their content is directly related to the service arm or organization to which each topic is related.  Topic areas that bridge one subject matter to another are cross linked within each Information Track.

This Information Track provides historical facts pertaining to helmets of the Auxiliary Police (Hilfspolizeien) from 1934-1945.  Individual links related to this subject are outlined below.

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Landespolizeigruppe General Göring

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Schutzpolizei (Schupo)

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