The Gendarmerie of the Habsburg Empire During the First World War
During the war the Gendarmerie of the Habsburg Empire was entrusted with a multitude of tasks. As part of the army organisation, gendarmes were responsible for the mobilisation of soldiers, the investigation of desertions, the surveillance of borders and the arrest of individuals collaborating with the enemy. Furthermore, gendarmes took over a large number of tasks in combat areas, including the evacuation of villages, the transportation of the wounded and the guarding of POWs—not to mention occasions of direct involvement in the fighting. Such numerous and specific duties eventually led to a lack of staff and gaps in the rear had to be filled by auxiliaries and retired gendarmes. The previous military structure of the Gendarmerie also had to be reformed after the end of the war.