what the other guy said is true. ordnungspolizei were generally slightly older, but "healthy",...........they earned sports badges, etc, and had to be fairly athletic, but generally, were slightly older,........ie, 30 or so, vs. 18-20 for army recruits. lots of city police were added to these units.
they were under the larger umbrella of the SS, and, were smart, in that many, or most of them actually carried two sets of id's,...........one "real" one, and one showing that they were snow white, just being forced to be a cop out here,..........if they were captured.
if, they, indeed were captured,...........if they did not get rid of the original id, they were in trouble, as it said and showed exactly who, and were, they had been.
likewise, once they were captured,............and used the "new" id,..........they completely took over that persona. i have interviewed several of them, and these are things they said, "in common", but only when asked specifically. the "old" guy, might have been considered a war criminal, and they definitely dont want to admit anything like that. they kept the new identity, long after the war was over,..............if not for the rest of their lives. the latter is the case for the two that i interviewed.
as for uniforms,................they wore german police uniforms. sometimes out in the fronts, they might be in regular army uniforms, with police insignia, due to shortages, but in general, they wore the standard police uniforms, with dark cuffs.
hope that helps!
does anyone know if there is a good book, to look up police units, or to see which units served where, etc?
I am interested in buying / trading for photo albums, photo groupings, diaries, feldpost groupings,etc, from any country in the world, any army/navy, etc, mostly 20th century!!