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The International Patrol.

At the end of hostilities in Europe in 1945, the occupied areas of Germany and Austria were divided into areas of occupation that were controlled by the Allied countries of the United States, Great Britain, France, and Russia. Likewise, the capitals of Berlin and Vienna were subdivided into occupier areas of responsibility.

In Vienna, the first district (which was also called the "inner city") was placed under quadripartite control, with the chairmanship changing every month. The fundamental thinking behind this four-power control was that the most important governmental authorities and administrative bodies were located in the inner city. If the inner city were controlled by only one of the Allied powers, that particular power could have exerted pressure on the Austrian government and public authorities.

In 1948, a reporter for The New Yorker wrote, "Vienna must be the most patrolled city on earth. Besides the city's police force and the routine military police maintained by each of the four occupying powers, there are several more or less secret police outfits, such as Russia Ministvo Vnutrennykh Del, or MVD, and the American Army's Criminal Investigations Division, or CID. The most unusual of Vienna's police forces is the International Patrol. It was organized by the former American provost marshal in Vienna, [Colonel William] B. Yarborough." (1)

When duties began on 5 August 1945, the patrols consisted of three soldiers--one military police officer from each of the three Allied powers of the United States, Great Britain, and Russia. On 27 September 1945, French military police officers joined as fourth men. At first, the patrols used American jeeps as patrol vehicles but they proved too small for the four-man patrols; so larger command cars were then used. In later years, American and Russian sedans were used as patrol vehicles. The U.S. contingent was from Company C, 796th Military Police Battalion, and the British force consisted of members of the 105th Provost Company. Attempts to identify the Russian and French units met with no response from their respective embassies. The patrol members wore the uniforms of their own nations. In addition, each member wore a distinctive metal badge on his arm, midway between his shoulder and elbow. American, Russian, and French members wore their insignia on their left sleeves; British members wore theirs on their right sleeves.

Between 1300 and 0100 daily, five patrols were operating--one each in the American, British, Russian, and French sectors and a standby at the International Patrol Headquarters. Between 0100 and 0700, only three patrols were operating--one for the American and French sectors, one for the British and Russian sectors, and a standby. The patrols were constantly on the alert for traffic violations involving Allied vehicles and incidents involving personnel from any two different powers. Patrol members on the 1300-1900 shift ate their evening meals in the 796th Military Police Battalion mess. (2)

One narrative regarding the functions of the International Patrol comes from the British Royal Military Police:

      There is a great temptation for
   each of us to feel that the problems
   of our own particular stations
   are, at least at times, unique
   in the field of provost experience;
   but when it is considered that the
   Royal Military Police in Vienna
   work day in and day out with
   the Americans, the French, and
   the Russians and that there is no
   hour of the day or night when you
   cannot find a [Royal Military Police]
   lance corporal sitting next to
   a Russian military policeman on
   patrol somewhere in the city, there is perhaps some justification.
   We conduct our business in four languages
   and have to get to know a fifth quadripartite, that peculiar
   hybrid in which Inter-Allied Command in Vienna,
   the Four Powers, decisions expressed in the form
   of protocol. (3)

A member of the 796th Military Police Battalion relates this story:

      I was patrolling a street in the 10th Bezirk (Russian
   Zone), when suddenly the Russian member of the patrol
   noticed a vehicle ahead of us and told me to force
   the truck to the curb. Twice, I tried to force the vehicle
   to stop; but both times, the driver ignored the warnings
   and proceeded. Finally, the Russian member sitting
   next to me drew his pistol and fired at the truck, which
   continued on its course. After using his supply of ammunition,
   the Russian member borrowed the French
   member's pistol. Only after the Frenchman's ammunition
   had been exhausted did the truck halt. The driver
   was taken into custody, and the vehicle was driven
   to the Russian Kommandatura. The remarkable fact
   about this incident was that, although both pistols
   were fired, neither the driver nor the vehicle were seriously
   harmed. (4)

Another incident involving the Russian contingent was related by Ernest Holden of the Royal Military Police. He was on patrol when a Russian military policeman arrested a Russian man on the streets of Vienna. He wanted to take the man to the Russian Kommandatura; but the American driver refused, insisting that they take him to the International Patrol Headquarters. The Russian military police soldier drew his pistol, held it to the American driver's head, and told him to go to the Russian Kommandatura. Holden, in turn, drew his pistol, held it to the Russian's head, and told the American to do what standing orders said--go to the International Patrol Headquarters. So that's what they did, and the stand-off was resolved. Neither Holden nor the American Soldiers ever heard what happened to the Russian member of that patrol, but they never saw him on patrol again.

Corporal Edwin L. Luck, a patrolman from Amsterdam, New York, relates the following incident:

      I received a message to proceed to the Astoria Hotel,
   a British hotel in the 1st Bezirk. When the other members
   of the patrol and I arrived, we learned that somebody
   had been dropping empty wine bottles from a window
   of the hotel onto the sidewalk on Karntnerstrasse,
   endangering the pedestrians. It was around midnight
   and extremely dark. At intervals, bottles continued to
   fall from an upper-story window but it was difficult to
   determine which window they were coming from. The
   British member of the patrol asked the assistance of
   the members, and a search of all the rooms was begun.
   After approximately an hour, two intoxicated men
   were found in a room on the top floor. When they were
   questioned, it was learned that they had been drinking
   and, after finishing a bottle, disposed of it by the easiest
   means--tossing it out of the window. The remarkable
   fact about this incident is not the amount of wine
   drunk by the men, but how none of the people passing
   below the window had been injured. (5)

Another excerpt from the 105th Journal states:

   Lance Corporal Levi came close to death whilst
   on patrol. The patrol had stopped to check a Russian
   soldier who, taking exception as to how he was being
   spoken to, opened fire on the patrol, killing one patrolman
   and severely injuring another, the driver taking
   off. The gunman then approached [Lance Corporal]
   Levi (who could not drive), telling him to drive him to
   America. Levi drove instead to the International Patrol
   Headquarters; and seeing American [military police],
   the Russian exclaimed, "I'm in America," and surrendered. (6)

During the making of a film, The Third Man, which was set in Allied-occupied Vienna after World War II and starred Orson Wells and Trevor Howard, Howard was arrested by a British member of the patrol for impersonating an officer. The assistant director Guy Hamilton and the continuity assistant Angela Allen teamed up to describe what it was like to film in the Vienna sewers and to explain how a drunk Trevor Howard was arrested for impersonating a British officer while still in costume as the sober Major Calloway.

Due to an international agreement, the International Patrol ceased to exist on 14 September 1955, when all Allied armies left Austria.

Acknowledgement: I am deeply indebted to former Lance Corporal Brian Chammings, Royal Military Police, and Mr. Phil Holden, whose father was a British member of the patrol, for the documents and photographs they provided in researching this story. It was Holden's father, Ernest Holden, who detained actor Trevor Howard for impersonating an officer during the filming of the movie The Third Man.


(1) Cameron et al., "A Reporter in Vienna," The New Yorker, 6 March 2948, p. 61, < /magazine/1948/03/06/cameron-lewis-laborde-gorodnistov>, accessed on 2 June 2015.

(2) "786th Military Police Battalion," <http:// .com/Units/USFA%20Units/USFA_796th%20MP%20Bn ,htm>, accessed on 8 June 2015.

(3) Major George Denis Pillitz, "Inter-Allied Command in Vienna," 105th Journal, Spring 2014.

(4) "796th Military Police Battalion: Vienna Command," <http:// .com/Units/USFA%20Units/USFA_796th%20MP%20Bn.htm>, accessed on 12 June 2015.

(5) Ibid.

(6) 105th Journal, Winter 2010, pp. 6-7.


Carol Reed, director, The Third Man, British Lion Films, 2 September 1949.

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