The German Secret Field Police in Greece, 1941–1944


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About the Book

The Geheime Feldpolizei (Secret Field Police) was the political police force of the German Army during World War II. Its members were drawn from both the regular German police, including detectives, and various Nazi security organizations. The goals of the GFP were numerous and included protecting important political and military leaders; investigating black market activities as well as acts of sabotage and espionage; locating deserters; examining anti–German activists and hunting down partisans. While performing these duties, GFP members immersed themselves in criminal activities. This book focuses on the function of the GFP in Greece compared to that of the GFP elsewhere in Europe.

About the Author(s)

Antonio J. Muñoz is an adjunct associate professor of history at Farmingdale State College and an adjunct assistant professor at Queensborough Community College. He lives in Forest Hills, New York.

Bibliographic Details

Antonio J. Munoz
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 256
Bibliographic Info: 14 photos, 14 maps, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6784-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3104-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface 1
Introduction: The GFP and the German Army’s Institutional Extremism 8
1. Greece: 1832–1940 21
2. Hitler’s War Aims and the Balkans 33
3. Nazism, the GFP and Greece 42
4. Organization of the Secret Field Police in Greece 49
5. The Secret Field Police and the Subjugation of the People of Greece 74
6. The Participation of the Secret Field Police in the Holocaust in Greece 94
7. The Secret Field Police in Yugoslavia, Romania and Bulgaria 114
8. The GFP in the West and Scandinavia 125
9. The Secret Field Police in the Soviet Union 154
10. Towards a Reckoning 188
Conclusions 200
Appendix I: The Structure of the SS Command in Serbia, 1941–1942 205
Appendix II: Structure of the SD in the Occupied Regions of Western Europe 206
Appendix III: Commander of the Order Police “Serbia” 208
Appendix IV: Uniform and Rank Insignia of the Geheime Feldpolizei 210
Appendix V: Organization of the Secret Field Police 212
Appendix VI: Order of Battle—Secret Field Police Forces in France, Spring 1941 214
Chapter Notes 216
Bibliography 233
Index 243