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Field
gendarm

  























Uhrl,
Head of
the
Gestapo,
gets
arrested
in Svolvær












The GESTAPO - 2

Field gendarm

The field gendarm represented the special policeforce of the "Wehrmacht.

Some of them were members of the SS. As a consequence of the "Lofoten-raid", SS-gendarmes were placed in the town of Svolvær. Their leather equipment was meticulously maintained and one could see it shine from a great distance.

Even the underside of their boots shined to perfection. Arrogant behaviour and with an almost "tunnel vision", it's an understatement to say they were missed by the population as they left a few months later.

The SS gendarmes had almost unlimited power, and could arrest anyone, including the Gestapo

 

Uhrl, the head of the Gestapo in Lofoten, was not convicted at the end of the war.

The reason was the fact that he wasn't personally involved in the mistreating and beating of prisoners. This didn't mean that he wasn't a dangerous person, who assigned others to carry out his dirty work.

Unconfirmed rumours would have that Uhrl had a girlfriend from Svolvær, which may explain his reluctance in solving some of his investigations. He had in reality blown the cover of the Milorg organization in Svolvær, but didn't take any action.

Uhrl has been spotted on several occasions as a tourist in Svolvær, conducting himself very discreetly.

 

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