American Military Police in Europe, 1945–1991

Unit Histories

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About the Book

Military Police units worked to keep the peace in Europe from the occupation after World War II to the end of the Cold War. This text examines the MPs, from the arrival of the U.S. Constabulary, which was the only law enforcement force on the continent. It provides unit histories, discusses the advancement of law and order programs, and covers the provision of nuclear weapons security, customs regulations and traffic enforcement. Robert L. Gunnarsson, Sr., served as an MP in the 1960s and later worked in law enforcement. He is a writer and researcher.

About the Author(s)

Robert L. Gunnarsson, Sr., served as an MP in the 1960s and later worked in law enforcement. He is a writer and researcher.

Bibliographic Details

Robert L. Gunnarsson, Sr.
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 444
Bibliographic Info: 93 photos, 9 maps, appendix, notes, glossary, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3975-1
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8507-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi

Preface      1

Part I. Introduction to Military Police

1. Occupation Policing and the U.S. Constabulary      5

2. Occupation Becomes Defense      19

3. The Divisional Units: Combat Police      26

Part II. Law Enforcement Units of Germany

4. The Highway Patrol      41

5. The Berlin Police      61

6. The Law Enforcement Units      99

Part III. Police Units in Bordering Countries

7. Austria      167

8. Italy and Trieste      189

9. France and the Benelux Countries      220

Part IV. The Security Units

10. Railway Security Units      243

11. Confinement and Correctional Units      264

12. The Special Weapons Depot Security Units      293

Part V. The Customs Regulators

13. The Customs Units      339

Appendix: Organization of Military Forces      365

Chapter Notes      367

Glossary      423

List of Acronyms      425

Bibliography      427

Index      431