|National insignia of the East German Volkspolizei|
The Transportpolizei supervised all the larger train stations in East Germany and controlled the movement of travellers, particularly at the border with West Germany as well as directing traffic. Most western personnel visiting East Germany, recognized them for boarding trains and checking passports as well as standing guard at train stations across the GDR. The TRAPO Also regularly checked alongside the East German customs service scanned incoming goods entering the country, confiscating anything forbidden in the communist zone. Before the building of the Berlin Wall in 1961, the Transportpolizei controlled the S-Bahn in West Berlin (as the Deutsche Reichsbahn controlled the S-Bahn in both East and West Berlin). In the 'interzone courses' (later called 'transit courses') there was always an escort party of the Transportpolizei present.
The Gesellschaft jacket was worn specifically for formal or social occasions. There were two basic ways of wearing the Gesellschaft uniform: the Kleiner Gesellschaftsanzug with ribbon bars and academy badge; and the Grosser Gesellschaftsanzug with up to the 4 highest awarded medals, aguillette and dagger. The jacket itself was the same for both the Kleiner & Grosser Gesellschaftsanzug, only the accoutrements varied.
Note the interior marking of MdI for the East German Ministry of the Interior rather than the 'NVA' stamp of the Ministry of Defense. In 1968, a letter code was established to represent the year in which the visor cap was manufacturered. The example shown here carries a 'A' meaning the visor was manufactured in 1977. The number beneath the MdI stamp represents the size of the hat in centimeters, this example is 55cm or roughly 6 7/8in by American sizing equivalents.