Two German soldiers, both members of the Schutzpolizei, light a cigarette for a French colonial soldier who has been made to fight for the Germans, May/June, 1940. The Schutzpolizei was part of the Wehrmacht's police force and had the standard job as a policeman would of directing traffic, keeping their comrades safe, and upholding Nazi law. They were an elite bunch and had a very difficult, fatigue inducing job that requires constant vigilance and a sharp mind. Many of these police officers took add vantage of their power and raped local women, killed innocent people, had innocent people arrested, and killed Jews. Some weren't designated in units that collected and "exterminated" the Jews but still partook in the killings. After France had fell in 1940 many colonial troops decided to join the Germans because they had been promised a much better way of life, pay, and a more organized powerful army. They were also allowed to keep their traditions from their local lands even within the confines of Wehrmacht law which some saw as absolutely absurd but most appreciated the new help. They were treated much more poorly than normal German soldiers and were given the worst equipment. Many surrendered as soon as they saw the enemy like during Operation "Torch" where many of the defenders were colonial troops who realized the Allies would really set them free and take them away from war. Not all surrendered though and either died in battle or were killed by the Wehrmacht after they failed to defend their post and were seen as ignorant "beasts" who did and could not understand the modern German military strategy.