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    Schutzstaffeln: Sicherheitspolizei (Security Police)

The SD Insignia of the Sicherheitspolizei

Security Police

In 1939 Heinrich Himmler established the Central Security Department of the Reich (Reichssicherheitshauptampt-RSHA).  This organization fell under the General-SS (Allgemeine-SS) and was responsible for security and police related tasks associated with the political and racial policies of the Protection Groups (Schutztaffeln-SS).  The RSHA encompassed the Secret State Police (Gestapo), Criminal Police (Kripo) and the Security Police (Sicherheitspolizei-SD).  The SD was often referred to as the "Sipo" which was an abbreviated acronym for this infamous security organization.

As a separate organization the SD was formed in 1931 as an intelligence service for the SS.  Himmler entrusted Reinhard Heydrich as its leader and he served in this capacity until his assassination in 1942.  The SD was initially a small organization that grew in power to the point where it had more than 500 branches which employed nearly 6,000 security personnel.  Members of the SD were charged with tasks related to espionage, security observation, global research and evaluation, and arresting and punishing people seen as racial threats to the National Socialist cause.  The SD played an instrumental role in the "Final Solution" resulting in the death of more than 6 Million Jewish people.

Offices of the SD were also established in occupied countries where special units known as "Sonderkommandos" and "Einsatzkommandos" were organized to collect, transport and eventually eliminate people deemed "unworthy" of the Aryan blood line.  Many of those who served in the SD were in fact young university students who were idealists regarding the National Socialist ideology.  As volunteers they served in all areas of the SD to include research and scientific offices that gathered and analyzed material that would later be used to help support the National Socialist anti-Semitic beliefs.


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.  

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This Information Track provides historical facts pertaining to steel helmets worn by the Sicherheitspolizei (Security Police) from 1939-1945.  Individual links related to this subject are outlined below.

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Period Photos

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    Protection Units


SS-Heimwehr Danzig / Danzig Polizei

SS-Leibstandarte (LAH)

SS-Sicherheitspolizei (SD)

SS-Verfügungstruppe (SS-VT)


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