This thread will show the basic German Rural Police (Gendarmerie) uniforms. I encourage anyone with Gendarmerie uniforms to post their examples on this thread so that it may become a reference for the various types of Gendarmerie uniforms.
The German Gendarmerie was formed after the French model where the rural policeman enforces the law in the countryside much the same as the Sheriff's Department does in the United States or Great Britain. Under this organizational structure German Policemen operating in the urban cities were separated into units of Schutzpolizei (SCHUPO) with both the Gendarmerie and Schutzpolizei being part of the nationalized Ordnungspolizei (ORPO) under the Chief of Police, Heinrich Himmler during WWII.
Gendarmerie uniforms are generally characterized by being police green in color with brown collars and cuffs with orange piping. The tunic is cut in the Rock style with a four panel back and a split box tail. It has two pleated breast pockets and two hip pockets without pleats. This uniform for a senior Master Sergeant, (Meister) rank is typical of the style. Notice the brown collar and cuffs are a light brown color indicating an early tunic as later tunics had a darker brown color collar and cuffs, the same as the dark brown color of the green piped municipal Schutzpolizei. Also notice that the belt is brown as all Gendarmerie leather accouterments (belts, holsters, boots, etc.) were brown as well. This tunic is a summer weight wool tunic with multiple loops for awards as a Meister is the highest ranking, and generally longest serving, NCO in the unit.
Edited by SARGE, 08 January 2019 - 03:26 PM.