Police and Gestapo

The police were critical in the early success of the Nazi expansion as the NSDAP seized control. They were put into all types of roles. Generally, you will find city police items and rural police items. Orpo, Gestapo, Sipo and Kripo and others all had their own roles. It seems that most civilian organizations got sucked into police roles or agencies as well. There were also police combat units later on in the war. Even though the SS and Himmler took over the police in 1936 this area will try to show only traditional police items as well as Gestapo when available. There may be some SS overlap at times.