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Some of you are aware that I have been developing a database of German police unit marks from the period 1900 to 1936. That database has reached over 1,200 marks and I have been using it to research this fascinating and confusing topic.

To date, I have published articles on seven research topics in AutoMag and have posted them for downloading at http://members.aol.com/donmaus1/Weimar_Police_Unit_Marks/. Because of file size limitations on this site, I have had to delete the earlier postings. If anyone wishes a copy of one of the deleted articles, email me and I will send you a copy by return email. Note, however, that the older articles are becoming somewhat outdated as I accumulate more data and learn more about this subject.

While you may have these articles from issues of AutoMag, the downloaded copies are better, particularly the quality of the photos. The download copies also retain the font size adjustments that were lost in the process of reproducing them in AutoMag. The files are numbered in the order the articles were written:

1. Weimar Prussian Police School Marks - from February 2005 AutoMag (DELETED)
2. H.P. = Hessische Polizei?? - From March 2005 AutoMag (DELETED)
3. Landjägerei Unit Marks - From July 2005 AutoMag (DELETED)
4. Berlin Schutzpolizei Unit Marks - From August & September 2005 Auto Mags (DELETED)
5. Prussian Police Unit Marks 1900-1936 - From January & February 2006 Auto Mags (DELETED)
6. Prussian Schupo Unit Marks - Parts I to VII - Series beginning in May 2006 Auto Mag (DELETED)
7. Saxon Police Unit Marks - Revised - To be published in future issues of AutoMag

These files are in .pdf format, so you will need the Adobe Reader proram to open them. You may download a free copy of this program from Adobe’s web site at http://www.adobe.com/


IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS FOR DOWNLOADING FILES: (You will get garbage if you don't pay attention!)

* RIGHT click on the desired file.

* Click Save Target As

* In the Save As window, select the location on your hard drive where you want it saved

* The Save as type: at the bottom should indicate “Adobe Acrobat Document”

* Click the Save button

* Browse to the file on your hard drive and double click it. It should open in Acrobat Reader

* Enjoy!

I will very much appreciate your comments and criticisms. You may post them to this thread or email me at [email protected]. Also, please send me any data you may have on German police unit marks.
 

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Heinrich,
Like Don says, "Right Click" on the item you want to save then on the little menu that pops up, Click on the line that says "Save Target As...". Another box will come up that has Save AS at the top, the file name that you selected will appear in the "file Name box." Below that will be a line entitled Save As Type: and it should have the name Abobe Acrobat Document highlighted. For instance if you right clicked on the item "03_Landjaegerei_Unit_Marks" that is what wil appear in the "File Name:" line. At this point, you should be able to click the Save button and save the file in PDF format to your local drive. I had better luck with it by going ahead and typing the .pdf suffix at the end of the file name I was saving. In this case, 03_Landjaegerei_Unit_Marks.pdf, this method worked better for me.
 

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I have recently posted my article “Berlin Schutzpolizei Unit Marks,” published in the August and September 2005 issues of Auto Mag on my FTP site for downloading. Please see the lead post in this thread for instructions for accessing this site and downloading files. Please follow the downloading instructions or you will get garbage!

Enjoy, and please send me any information on police markings you may have. My database has now exceeded 900 records but I’m greedy.
 

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I have recently posted my article “Prussian Police Unit Marks 1900-1936,” published in the January and February 2006 issues of Auto Mag on my FTP site for downloading. Please see the lead post above for instructions for accessing this site and downloading files. Please follow the downloading instructions or you will get garbage!

There is a correction to this article that should be noted:

There are reporting errors for the two pistols listed in section S of the second table and tentatively identified as being from the Police Directorate of Dortmund. The marking on the M1900 Browning is on the left side of the frame and is actually K.P.D.DR No 39, where the R is slightly smaller than the D and is not followed by a period. The mark on the Dreyse is P.D.Dr. No 72 as reported except it is stamped on the front grip strap. (Thanks to NAPCA member Dick Roback who owns this pistol.) The location of the mark on the Dreyse is inconsistent with Prussian markings and the abbreviation DR is unlike other Prussian city abbreviations. Some have suggested Dresden. At this point, the best I can suggest is to ignore these marks and the discussion of them.

I hope you enjoy it!
 

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I have recently posted Parts I and II of my series of articles “Prussian Schupo Unit Marks,” published in the May and June 2006 issues of Auto Mag on my FTP site for downloading. In order to make room for this file, I have had to delete earlier articles on Police Schools and the H.P. mark. Please see the lead post above for instructions for accessing this site and downloading files. Follow the downloading instructions or you will get garbage!
 

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I have recently posted Parts III and IV of my series of articles on Prussian Schupo Unit Marks on my FTP site for downloading. To make room for this file, I had to delete two more of my earlier articles.

In the future, I will be posting articles for download once I am satisfied with them and will not wait until after they appear in print in AutoMag. I understand the articles will ultimately appear in AutoMag.

I do not have any idea how many people are making use of these articles. If you download one, please send me an email at the address below letting me know. If you have any comments, pro or con, I would love to hear them. I will use this information in deciding whether or not to attempt to write a book on these markings. Thanks very much.
 

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I have now posted Parts V, VI and VII of my series or articles on Prussian Schupo Unit Marks on my FTP site for downloading. I had to delete two more files to make room.

This concludes my research on this topic. Part VII is a summary of the results.
 

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Saxon Police Unit Marks

I have posted an article on my research into the meanings of Saxon police unit marks that may be downloaded according to the instructions at the head of this thread. I believe I have made significant gains in understanding these markings but significant uncertainties still exist, particularly about markings from the Bautzen administrative district. I will welcome any comments on this work.
 

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I have no idea how many people, if any, are downloading these articles. If you have downloaded one or more of these articles, please send me an email or Private Message (no sense cluttering up this thread). I enjoy doing this but if no one is benefitting, I'm wasting my time.
 

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Possible error

I have very, very recently come to believe that the markings SP.Bn. and S.P.Bn. that I identified in my most recent article as being from the district of Bautzen in Saxony may not be Saxon markings at all but may be from the Free and Hanseatic City of Bremen. This latter identification is very preliminary and I will be researching it further. However, I wanted to alert you to my wavering opinion before anyone took my earlier identification to the bank!
 

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When I began publishing articles on my research, I vowed not to get into endless cycles of updating them each time I obtained new data or improved my understanding. I plan to update the information from all of the articles when I begin writing a book. However, I have broken that vow for my most recent article on Saxon police unit markings. I have become convinced that the markings S.P.Bn. and SP.Bn. are not</u> Saxon and have revised the article accordingly. I have substituted the revised article on my FTP site for downloading. If you downloaded the original article, please download and substitute the revised version.
 
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