When you called the police in Germany between the wars, boy, did you get police! Imagine one of these beauties pulling up outside to take a report of your milk bottles being nicked! This is a 1928 Magirus MM transporter (click on the picture to see it in greater detail).
I pity the officers travelling in the trailer of this 1926 MAN transporter – it must’ve been a bumpy ride.
These would be terrific units in an interwar game, if any miniature company ever made anything like them. Or even in a Very British Civil War game, as a German polizei unit brought over to help their British police colleagues.
Note how the shakos worn by the officers are very similar to those worn by jaegers during the Franco-Prussian and Great Wars. These distinctive hats were worn by German police during WW2, and right up to the 1960s.
I’ve got a few old books I’ve got about the German police vehicles. The book these particular pics came from is called Polizei-Fahrzeuge gestern und heute by Klaus-Fr Doenecke and Dirk Lemcke.
There are a few more oddities portrayed in these books. Lovers of old armoured cars and motorcycle combinations may be especially interested in them.