The Insignia of the
Group "General Göring"
On 22 December 1934 Hermann Göring authorized
the renaming of the State Police Group Wecke (Landespolizeigruppe
Wecke). The Landespolizeigruppe Wecke had been
established on 23 February 1933 as a special police battalion
serving the German State of Prussia. As Prussian
Minister of the Interior, Hermann Göring was intent to have a
his own paramilitary police force through which he could
control and enforce National Socialist doctrine. The
command of this unit was given to Police Major Wecke (Major
der Schutzpolizie Wecke) who oversaw the growth and training
of the unit and its members. The unit grew in strength
and numbers and on 2 May 1933 it was relocated to a barracks
compound at the Cadet School at Gross-Lichterfelde in Berlin.
Here the unit was trained more formally as military police.
On 17 July 1933 the unit was placed directly
under the control of Göring's office and renamed "Landespolizeigruppe
Wecke" (Regional Police Regiment Wecke for Special Purposes).
This was the first police unit formed on a regional basis and
the elite organization became the model for all others later
created throughout Germany. On 22 June 1934 commander
Wecke retired and was replaced by Göring's Adjutant, Friedrich
On 22 December 1934 the unit was renamed in
Göring's honor taking the title "Landespolizeigruppe General
Göring." The unit was once again renamed and upgraded to
the title "Regiment Göring" on 1 April 1935. At this
point in time the unit began its integration into the German
Air Force (Luftwaffe) which also fell under Göring's control.
A complete changeover to Luftwaffe uniforms and insignia was
accomplished by 23 March 1936. The Regiment eventually
took part in the Austrian Anschlus in March 1938 as well as
the occupation of the Sudetenland in October 1938. The
Regiment did not take part in the Polish campaign, and later
was entirely absorbed into the Luftwaffe.
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