This unit was assigned the primary mission of maintaining the security and protection of all post offices and communication installations of the Reich. These installations included the telephone and telegraph facilities since they were, initially, under the supervision of the Postmaster-General, Dr. Ohnesorge (NSKK Obergruppenfuhrer). By 1942 the Postschutz had a total of 4,500 men in service and was made up of older men or men who were not fit enough for front line service.
However, in March 1942, Hitler approved the incorporation of the Postschutz into the Allgemeine (General) SS and re-designated the SS Postschutz.
Whilst under SS control the SS Postshutz formed a close liaison with the SS Funkschutz who policed official Radio stations, raided illicit radio stations, and detected illegal listening of foreign radio stations.
Dagger Information – Postal Protection 1939 Dagger
In February 1939 Dr Ohnesorge authorised a dagger for wear by Postschutz officers of the rank of Zugfuhrer and above. After a number of designs were considered from various companies, one by Paul Weyersberg & Co was chosen.
The dagger was based upon the RLB dagger (Air Raid protection) and utilised a number of RLB components as only a small number of daggers were required by the Postschutz initially. All the fittings are solid nickel with fine silver plating. This is a very heavy dagger.
The pommel is an RLB NCO grade style. But the crossguard is very unique to a postal dagger. Its solid nickel base with an eagle head made into the area where the grip inserts.
The arms of the crossguard are rather plain with a slight upward and downward slope at the ends. One up one down. There is a straight line in the centre or both sides of the arms. An NSFK style black enamel swastika disk was fitted to the crossguard center. Affixed to the front of the grip in the centre is an eagle holding the swastika in its talons surmounting lightening bolts.
The hollow ground carbon steel blade had a crossgrain polish and was with out any marking other than the maker’s mark. I have never seen these daggers with any other style blade.
The scabbard was a sheet metal base with a black lead based paint finish. It has three fittings, each fitting set screw is a different size as it descends down to the lower fitting. The screw size gets smaller; they are headless and recessed into the fitting. The upper and central fittings have rings attached to accommodate the hanger. The scabbard fittings are more that likely just RLB 2nd Officer dagger fittings.
The dagger was suspended from a plain double chain hanger made from nickel silver rings. One can find brass connector links, as well as nickel connector links that affix to the rings on the scabbard fittings. The clip has the reset DRGM marking found on the NPEA Leaders style dagger by Burgsmuller. The main difference is on a postal daggers, the clip has nickel plating
A 42-cm silver Portapee with orange thread interwoven in the cord completed the accoutrements for the dagger. This portepee in its original form is very rare.
The Postschutz dagger remained the property of the Postal Service and could not be purchased on the open market. Daggers were signed out for use and returned to central stores after use. As well when one retired etc. the dagger was to be turned in.
Accountability serial numbers were stamped under the crossguard as well as the DRP ownership mark of the Deutsche Reichpost.
Edited by Bruce Petrin