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    Deutsche Polizei:  Bahnschutzpolizei - Railroad Police

Deutsche Reichsbahn

The German State Railway (Deutsche Reichsbahn) was officially organized into a centrally controlled organization in 1937.  Its roots grew from the multiple independent railway systems that expanded throughout Europe in the early 1800's.  At the time, the Reichsbahn was considered one of the best railroads in the world.  

With the advent of World War II, the Reichsbahn expanded throughout conquered territories and occupied countries.  More than 50,000 miles of track were operated by the Reichsbahn for the purpose of moving civilians, prisoners, military hardware, munitions, raw materials, and agricultural and manufacturing materials.  This made the Reichsbahn one of the largest railroad networks in Europe.  In order to provide security and order, the Reichsbahn organized a police force to protect trains and material moving throughout Germany and Europe.  

Since the Reichsbahn was not a military organization, its employees were responsible for railroad security.  The railroad organized and trained its own security personnel for this effort.  The Bahnschutzpolizei consisted mainly of middle aged and older men with prior police experience or service time during World War I.  These men were trained as security personnel who watched over all activities of the railroad.  This often included traveling with trains both undercover and in uniform, checking travel papers and identity documents, defending against partisan attacks, and related duties.

The Bahnschutzpolizei was a relatively small organization with a large responsibility.  As the war progressed, the German Army (Heer) and Waffen-SS were often designated to assign auxiliary troops to the Bahnschutzpolizei to help defend the railroad and its operations.  In fact, this was of vital interest to both military organizations as they relied ever increasingly so on supplies being transported through occupied territories.  Wartime statistics indicate that more than 1.4 million people were employed by the Reichsbahn by 1942.

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