Did the SS have a waterborne arm?

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Did the SS have a waterborne arm?

Postby Sid Guttridge » 03 Jun 2018 18:05

Hi Guys,

I have seen a single passing reference that the SS was responsible for security on rivers in occupied territory.

1) Is this true?
2) If so, did the SS form a special arm to mount this security?
3) If so, did it have boats?
4) If so, what sort, how many, etc., etc.?

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Re: Did the SS have a waterborne arm?

Postby Ivan Ž. » 04 Jun 2018 13:57

Hello, Sid

They probably meant the Wasserschutzpolizei (Water Protection Police). The police units were eventually incorporated into the SS and so was the Wasserschutzpolizei. There were also SS-Hafensicherungstruppen (SS Harbour Security Troops), but that's obviously not what you're looking for.

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Re: Did the SS have a waterborne arm?

Postby Sid Guttridge » 06 Jun 2018 17:42

Hi Ivan Z,
thanks. You are probably right. Is there anything published on them?
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Re: Did the SS have a waterborne arm?

Postby Ivan Ž. » 06 Jun 2018 17:56

I don't know, sorry. I assume there must be at least a chapter on them in some of the Polizei-related books.

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Re: Did the SS have a waterborne arm?

Postby Georges JEROME » 09 Jun 2018 13:51

In english Angolia/Taylor deal with it in his books upon "German Police " as well Nix/Jerome (me) in the Uniformed police forces of the III Reich.
If you want complete work on the subject there is two master books dedicated to the Wasserschutzpolizei in german
Die deutschen Wasserschutzpolizeien Heemann/Meyer
and one I come to order Peter Brühl Vom Nordkap bis zum Asowschen Meer . Die Deutsche Wasserschutzpolizei
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Re: Did the SS have a waterborne arm?

Postby Ivan Ž. » 09 Jun 2018 16:36

At the risk of stealing Sid's topic, I'd like to take this opportunity and ask whether anyone has any info on the Wasserschutzpolizei unit that was active at the Adriatic, in the Sušak (today a part of Rijeka) - Crikvenica area, in summer 1944?

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Re: Did the SS have a waterborne arm?

Postby bertamingo » 17 Jun 2018 04:22

The novel Schindler's List mentions SS patrol boats on Vistula, though not sure if these were meant to be water police boats.

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Re: Did the SS have a waterborne arm?

Postby Edward L. Hsiao » 18 Jun 2018 02:27

Gentlemen,

I wonder what types of boats did the Wasserschutzpolizei did used and if they were armed with deck cannons? Did the Wasserschutzpolizei had any combats with partisan boats or captured any of them?

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Re: Did the SS have a waterborne arm?

Postby Georges JEROME » 18 Jun 2018 14:12

SW-Kommando Ijsselmeer in Holland was equiped of sMG 2 cm and 3,7 cm as well Flakmaschinenwaffen (Fla. MW) 1,7 cm, Schnellfeuer-MG .
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Re: Did the SS have a waterborne arm?

Postby bertamingo » 19 Jun 2018 12:43

Edward L. Hsiao wrote:Gentlemen,

I wonder what types of boats did the Wasserschutzpolizei did used and if they were armed with deck cannons? Did the Wasserschutzpolizei had any combats with partisan boats or captured any of them?

Edward L. Hsiao

2 boats used by the water police in Hamburg in the late 1930s. These and other photos all show unarmed boats prior to WW2, but given the wartime deployments to places like Yugoslavia and Romania, it's only natural to presume the boats were later armed.
http://www.graptolite.net/niemcy/Wasser ... zei_2.html
http://www.graptolite.net/patro/Otto_Lauffer.html


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