Suggestions regarding personal kit...
Prior to the Second World War, Military Police were primarily
identified by firstly their uniforms, and secondly by the
regimental affiliation notes in their Army Service and pay
Books (AB64). Later on in the war, Military Policeman were
issued Warrant Cards, much like their civilian counterparts.
This was more a local issue than a centrally issued item,
and few surviving examples remain available for examination.
The same, regrettably, relates to Warrant Cards from the 60s,
70, and early 80s. One example (sanitised to protect the donator
of the photos) is shown on the right, from 1964.
The AF B 2603 was issued in its own small transparent polyethylene-like
plastic envelope, the AF B 2604. Unlike civilian police forces
of the time, who were gearing up for photo identification,
no photograph was attached to this document, as it was intended
to be used in conjunction with other photo identification
(the newly issued Army Identity Card, for example). The Rank
of the holder was always entered in pencil.
Later forms of Warrant Card, most notably the AF B 6991 in
the 1980s, bore the photo of the holder.
The Military Police Warrant Card is rather unique in the
police community. Unlike a civilian Warrant Card, the card
is not a primary means of identification - the holders' Army
Identity Card performs that task. The Warrant Card only relates
to confirming the office that the holder occupies - that of
a person working on behalf of or under the Authority of a
Provost Officer in accordance with and by virtue of the powers
conferred by the s.74(4) of the Army Act 1955.
( Violent Crime Reduction Act "Specific Defence"
will carry one or two cards, depending on who they are
insured through. The first is their CWP Membership card.
War Provost Membership Card:
RF B2603 - Specimin
Certificates of Membership chits are issued to Probationary
members, and also to those full members who have yet
to present a passport photograph for their annual membership
Certificate of Membership chits are printed on lightweight
paper, and are monochrome. Details of members are written
in ink. These chits are NOT laminated, and are always
stamped with the groups' two-colour date stamp.
Certificates of Membership chits are valid for a maximum
period of one month at a time.
their periods of validity, they do not have to be presented
with a current RF F90.
second membership card a member may possess, is an AFRA
membership card. This is due to CWP not offering a 3rd
Part Personal Liability Insurance scheme; AFRA, on the
other hand, grants such cover to all its members.
a CWP member NOT be an AFRA member as well, another
form of proof of 3PPLI will be carried.
Paperwork comes in many forms and formats, but the most common
paperwork that a serving Military Policeman in the 1980s wold
have possessed at any time whilst on duty would have been
his MOD Form 90 (British Army Identity Card), his AF B 2603
or AF B 6991 (Military Police Warrant Cards), and his MOD
Form 145B (Service Police Note Book). And, of course, a pen!
Membership cards of both Forces 80 and Cold War Provost are
optional, but recommended. Why? Because you never know if
a veteran is going to ask to see your ID cards! World War
Two re-enactors have, after all, their AB64 (Army Service
and Pay Book) to fall back on; why not us?
Examples of both are shown to the right, for reference. Please
note that these images have been carefully altered from their
actual look, to prevent inappropriate use.
wishing to check and verify CWP membership validity for the
purchase of controlled items under s.37(2)(e) of the Violent
Crime Reduction Act 2006 should contact us on the telephone
number shown in white to the right.
To obtain your own copies, for the Forces 80 card, contact
Forces 80 via the
EW-Trading forums (you MUST be a registered member of
Forces 80); for your Cold War Provost membership card, contact
the usual person (you MUST be a current member of Cold War
Please also note
that the author has verified with his own eyes that
the current format of the Cold War Provost membership card
as shown does NOT - say again NOT - look anything like the
current RMP Warrant Card (as at 2007) ; the format for the
membership card is designed so as to NOT appear like the current
issue Military Police Warrant Card.
Note also that
the current (2007/8) format of the RMP warrant card is not
laminated cardstock, but is a plastic card, similar to the
new format MOD 90 ID card, in that it is printed directly
onto plastic, with certain anti-forgery features.
Police Notebook, or MOD Form 145, was a staple item of issue;
everything a Military Policeman (or woman) did, ets entered
into his notebook. There are very specific guidelines to do
with Rules Of Evidence, Judges' Rules, Chains of Evidence,
and so on, when making notes in said note books, and as a
result, these are (a) difficult to get hold of, and (b) even
more difficult to reproduce. Luckiy, Cold War Provost cuaght
a lucky break - the founder was going through archive material
in his attic, and found not one, but two, different designs
The 1990s issue version was blue in colour, 160 double-sided
pages, lined with margins, each page individually numbered,
with covers made from light card, printed both sides; the
note book also had rounded corners, making reproducing this
the design for the period of the mid to late 1980s was thinner
(40 double sided leaves, making 80 pages), did not have rounded
corners on the pages (ease of production), and had no margins
printed on the pages (ease of production again).
Currently, in 2008, the closest commercially available notebok
that even comes close is (1) the wrong style (aimed at the
Civilian Security market), (2) has too few pages, and (3)
is single-side page numbered, not double side numbered, and
at that, the page numbers are in the wrong format and the
With certain differences to allow the reproduction note book
to look authentic, while remaining different enough for the
trained eye (e.g. former and/or serving RMP soldiers) to notice
the differences, a reproduction version has been produced.
The changes were made for the following reasons:
- The Royal Crown, which is Crown Copyright after all, has
been substituted by the Forces 80 Logo.
- Certain wording on and in the cover has been changed to
allow for copyright protection.
- Since we do not need to follow the Rules Of Evidence,
we do not need page numbering, and besides which
- The notebooks are used as 'Theatrical Props' in our re-enactment
activities, rather than actual as Police Notebooks.
Given the time, effort, and cost, in reproducing these notebooks,
a download of the format will not be made available, and these
reproduction notebooks will only be available to Cold War
Provost members. Completeing a notebook (i.e., writing in
one) in the proper manner is also be a matter of routine for
members of Cold War Provost - after all, we're trying to portray
the Corps properly, so filling out the notebook properly is
an easily achieved task.
For more information about what goes into a police notebook,
Military Policeman in the RMP has a few bits of paper in addition
to his notebook in his possession when on duty. Most of these
are related to his General Policing Duties, but a few are
also related to his Provost Operations duties. A few are noted
here, and a select number are also being made available in
PDF form for home printing.
- MOD F 145A - Notebook cover (not labelled in photo)
- Major Incident Aide Memoire (normally typed upby the MP
- MOD F 145B Police Notebook
- Unique to BAOR and West Berlin, a two-language (English
and Russian) order to Soviet Liasion Mission (SOXMIS) personnel
to come with the MP.
- Local area notes including out of bounds places, normally
kept inside the back cover of the notebook cover for ease
- Army Form A6018 - Precis of The Judges Rules (a.k.a. "The
Caution Card"). See below for more on this.
- Rules of Engagement for for armed British forces in the
Federal Republic of Germany. A Resticted item, these were
the rules soldiers have to follow before they are allowed
to open fire in peacetime.
- Rules of Engagement for for armed British forces in the
West Berlin. Similar to item 7 above, tailored to the city
environment of West Berlin.
- SOXMIS card. See below for more on this.
- F/MT/600 M.T. Drivers Permit.. See below for more on this.
Normally carried in the soldiers wallet, like his/her civilian
driving licence, some found it handy to carry it with their
notebook instead, as it was easier to find in a hurry (An
MP always carries a notebook on duty).
- AFA6009 handover/Committal receipt forms. See below for
more on this. A few would have been carried, just in case
they were needed.
- F.MT.3 form (double sided), a few MPs carries one or two
of these, for use in Traffic Collision reporting, and to
add to Drivers "Work Ticket Packs" if they were
missing one - drivers who forgot to check their work ticket
packs often came to regret it, as once they had been handed
a replacement form by the ever-helpful MP, they were often
reported immediately thereafter for having deficient kit
in their possession - that normaly only happened when they
gave the MPs cause to issue what some called an "Attitude
Hand Over Receipt forms / Committal Receipt forms (Army
AFA.6009 form is an important part of the Chain of Custody;
this is a legal phrase, and describes, in rather convoluted
and boring detail, the process to be followed from the moment
of arresting a military offender (there are no suspects in
Military Law: Only the Innocent and the Offender), to his
arrival at Courts Martial for trial. A key component of the
Chain of Custody is the Handover/Committal receipt. This is
a form detailing who has handled a stage in the custody of
a particular prisoner.
Primarily used by RMP to transfer a prisoner from RMP Custody
to the custody of a local and/or convenient Guard Room (which
are normally equipped with standard prisoner-holding cells),
the form details the alleged offender, his alleged offence
and where it allegedly took place, the location and controlling
unit of the guard room facility, the Guard Commanders' name
and details, and the arresting Military Policemans name and
details. The form is not just used by RMP, it has also been
known to have been used by Regimental Police (a regiments'
own internal police with rather limited powers); after all,
why re-design the wheel?
Once completed, the form is torn down the middle, the Handing
Over Receipt portion being retained by the Military Policeman
as part of his Chain of Custody (and for his report - paperwork
is a fact of life in any form of Policing), and the Committal
Receipt portion being retained by the Guard Room staff as
part of their Chain of Custody and reporting procedures.
The Reproduction version of this form is now available
for download in PDF format. Remember
to RIGHT CLICK and "SAVE AS" when downloading this
form, and ideally you should use very thin plain WHITE
printer/copier paper to print it, if your printer can handle
it. Two copies of the form will be printed each time you send
the file to your printer.
No RMP NCO can remember everything; they're only Human, after
all. Therefore, a lot of them carry brief notes called 'Aide
Memoires'. These help the MP in his duties by noting everything
from essential notes on Judges Rules (the precedent in law
governing the cautioning of offenders, and their statements/confesions
(suc as the bog standard "OK, Corporal, you got me, I
did it") in military law, brief offence law, and so on.
By their very nature, these Aide Memoires are rather rare
on the surplus market, as wehn they become outdated, they
arte normally thrown in a bin, burnt, shredded, or otherwise
disposed of, as they are of very little use to non-MPs. Never
the less, they do occasionally appear, and, once collected
and reproduced in PDF form, will be made available on this
Army Form A6018 - Precis of The Judges Rules (a.k.a. "The
gathering of what is known as "Admisssable Evidence"
is a major part of the training of any policeman, military
or civilian. In the 1980s, the Army worked under what were
knownm as "Judges Rules".
So important were Judges Rules, that notes were printed on
the inside of the Service Police Notebook, detailing the Rules.
In addition, an Army Form, AFA 6018, was drawn up and issued
to Military Police, detailing which rules were aplicable in
the taking of statements. Printed on white card with rounded
corners (to lengthen the servicable life of the card), it
was to be carried with the notebook at all times.
The Reproduction version of this card is now available
for download in PDF format. Remember
to RIGHT CLICK and "SAVE AS" when downloading this
form, and use plain lightweight (approx 200 gsm or so)
WHITE card paper to print it. Note that the file shows both
front (the left) and back (the right) of the card, you'll
need to re-insert your card and print it again on the back
of the card to get the 'backed' effect, and that'll get you
two cards, not one!
Judges Rules did not alter the law on admissibility of evidence,
but were a code of best practice: It was assumed that statements
given by a suspect in accordance with the Rules would be admissible
in evidence. Boiled down, the Rules:
- Allowed the police to question any person with a view
to finding out whether, or by whom, an offence had been
- Required the police to give a caution when they had reasonable
grounds to suspect that a person had committed an offence
- Required a further caution when a person was charged and
prohibited questioning afterwards charging save in exceptional
- Required a record of questioning to be kept
- Gave guidance on the best way to record a formal written
The rules also included further administrative guidance,
on access to defence counsel, and on questioning children
Originally issued through the Home Office in 1918, and further
explained in 1934 in a Home Office Circular, the Rules were
reissued in 1964, and were finally replaced by PACE Code C,
under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.
The Armed Forces however, which were operating under the
laws and regulations of the Army Act 1955, Air Force Act 1955,
and the Naval Discipline Act 1957 (collectively, and with
Queens Regulations on top, this was known as "Military
Law"), did not introduce PACE into Military Law for some
considerable time after that. It was only part-way into the
1990s, when Statute Law and Military Regulations were crafted
to amend Military Law, that the PACE "Codes Of Practice"
were finally brought into military policing, and consigned
the military use of Judges Rules to the annals of history.
Other Documentation that might be held with a Notebook...
F/MT/600 M.T. Drivers permit was essential to the <Military
Policeman on overseas service: Without it, he or she was not
permitted to drive any form of motorised vehicle in MoD service.
The Permit, which, under local agreements with the host countries
in which they served, ensured that all personnel having a
requirement to drive first took a test to ensure that they
knew the rules of the road in the host country; they retained
the permit at all times, and when they transferred to other
units, the form has to be recertified that they had satisfied
the requirements of the "tick test" by the use of
a Unit official Stamp.
Note the colour of the card - it is a bright Mustard yellow,
and this is a very diccicult colour to match, asthe only card
the author discovered that even came close to the colour of
the original is from Staples, and forms a file folder!
F/MT/600 Outside (two per sheet) Remember to RIGHT CLICK
and "Save As"!
PDF: F/MT/600 Inside
(two per sheet) Remember to RIGHT CLICK and "Save
previous version of the Drivers Permit was the AF A2038. Issued
from the 1950s, it was on isue until replaced in the early
1970s, by the F/MT/600 series.
The permit was printed, double sided, on what was, as near
as darn it, manilla envelope-coloured brown medium stock card.
It was signed by the issuing oficer, and stamped with a unit
stamp on the reverse side. Typically issued as a form with
hand written entries, it was on occasion issued as a form
with typed entries, with the non-applicable driving licence
classes "X'd" out.
No protective envelope or plastic covering was issued with
this permit, which was to be kept on the person of the soldier
at all times when driving Army vehicles.
RF A.2038 Reproduction 1960s format Army Driving Permit
Remember to RIGHT CLICK and "Save As"!
SOXMIS card was issued to all British Forces serving in Europe.
SOXMIS, the "Soviet Mission to the British Army of the
Rhine", was basically a legal in-uiniform spying expedition,
agreed to by the Four Powers Occupying Germany, following
the end of the Second World War, the intent being to help
reduce tensions by permitting 'opposing' forces to make sure
that no hostile build-ups of forces were occuring.
It didn't quite work this way, and several areas in each
others areas of operations were off-limits to SOXMIS and the
British version, BRIXMIS (the Americans and French had their
own versions, of course), which meant keeping track of SOXMIS
teams was the full-time occupation for the RMP "SOXMIS
desk" at Bielefeld Garrison in West Germany.
Things were, in the main, kept fairly civilised, but there
was at least one fatal incident involving the death of an
American Mission Officer at the hands of an East German soldier,
so nothing was 100% certain; none the less, it appears they
helped keep the peace, as World War Three did not occur during
the Cold War!
BFG F66 (SOXMIS CARD) Front Remember to RIGHT CLICK and
BFG F66 (SOXMIS CARD) Back Remember to RIGHT CLICK and
BTD/B was the combined Movement Order and authorisation to
travel that a member of the British Forces required in order
to travel by road or rail from West Germany to West Berlin
- travelling by road required said forces member to travel
in East Germany, which at the time was occupied by the Soviet
As with all things, they didn't want to allow our forces
to West Berlin, and the requirement to possess the form was
another method of limiting the accessibility of West Berlin
to NATO forces.
The form you see here is a blank; that is, you can use a
typewriter to add your own details (don't forget the back!),
but it will be in an "unused" form once this is
done, as it omits the simulated stamps that Soviet Forces
would have used when permitting travel through their sectors
(one on the outbound trip, and one on the return trip).
(West Germany - Berlin Travel Permit) Remember to RIGHT
CLICK and "Save As"!
British Army issues its' soldiers (including, of course, Officers)
Identity Cards, as well as Identity Disks. Formerly made of
a fibre-like material tied around the soldiers' neck with
an issue piece of twine, and hand-stamped with the soldiers'
details upon it, the disks changed in the 1970s to a twin
set of metal disks about 3.5cm diameter each, chained about
the neck with an issued twin ball-chain - one long, one very
short - and are engraved (NOT stamped) by a computer-controlled
engraving machine with the soldiers' details. While the blank
disks themselves occasionally come up on e-bay (see other
team members for more details), it's not possible to get the
Army to engrave them for you, more's the pity!
So, here's one possible solution: Go to a pet shop or prize-engraving
shop, and get them to do it for you!
Since we are not soldiers, and you want the details on the
tag to reflect your own identity, to the right you'll see
the modified format we encourage. if you click on the image,
a prontable version will appear in a new window. Print it
off, and Use it when you first go to the shop, to ensure they
know what it is you want them to do!
The order and fortmat of the entries on your ID Disk are
shown below. The same information must appear on both Disks.
(For example, "O POS")
||National Insurance Number
(For example: AB 12 34 56 C)
|| Last name (Surname)
|| Religeon Code (Only Major religeons and believe
|Church of England
|Church of Ireland
|Church of Wales
|Islamic / Moslem
|Church of Scotland / Presbyterian
(well, we're not REALLY in the Army, are we?!)
The other solution is to visit Tim's
Tags - these guys actually DO print genuine British Army
ID Discs, and although they are of a slightly more modern
pattern (non-reflective grey thin aluminium rather than thick
shiny bare metal), they're close enough, and the typeface
and etching will be spot-on!
Now, we're not saying that this'll happen, but the odds are
good that if you don't get a set done, some nit-picking veteran
will want to see if you're wearing your disks, and ask to
Simulated Rank badges...
As mentioned in the Rules page, while no member is considered
above another, the use of simulated ranks, given that we portray
the RMP in the field, is a required part of the display. The
following are the simulated ranks that may be used within
Cold War Provost (but only with the prior authorisation of
Senior members of Cold War Provost)...
These badges of rank are to be sewn directly onto the Uniform
shirt, jersey, and smock, and in the case of the combat rank
patches, onto onto the 1980s issue MP Brassard immediately
above, and joining the edge of, the MP Flash on said brassard.
You'll notice that there are at least four different patterns
of rank badge shown. There were actually five; a thin lighter
colour was issued for use on No 2 shirts, with a tan coloured
backing and light grey chevrons, but of the same overall dimensions
as the ones issued for the Jersey and No 2 Jacket.
See you soon!
NOTES and REFERENCES
Notes on The Judges Rules: Taken in part from Wikipedia