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Paramilitary forces, also often carrying out the functions of guarding and defending the state border, existed and still exist in many countries of the world. Border security tasks can be performed by specialized units of the armed forces, which are directly subordinate to the military department, or police officers under the control of the Ministry of the Interior or state security agencies, and in some countries may even be subordinate to the Ministry of Finance, if customs control is also carried out in parallel. Such formations can be called differently: border troops, national gendarmerie, the border service agency, frontier corps, border customs service, and so on.

Nevertheless, despite the variety of organization forms and names, there is something that unites them. Those are the border guards who are the first to stand in the way of the aggressor's army in case of war. As a rule, these clashes are obviously unequal — the frontier units are few in number compared to the invading armies and in most cases armed with light weapons. Only brave people could choose to serve on the frontier before and during World War II, as service was associated with increased risk.

No one could predict when and in what place the Heads of State would decide to start hostilities. In the late 1930s and the first half of the 1940s, the outlines of state borders in Europe changed with a high velocity and countries that had not had common boundary until yesterday suddenly turned out to be neighbors. The Warspot offers to see what the European border guards' service was like on the eve and during the bloodiest war in the mankind's history.

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​Albanian frontier post on the border with Yugoslavia in the North Albanian Alps, 1931 - Border is Locked Tight | Warspot.net
Albanian frontier post on the border with Yugoslavia in the North Albanian Alps, 1931
​Bulgarian (in the center of the photo) and Turkish (on the right and on the left of the photo) border guards on the common frontier in Thrace, early 1930s - Border is Locked Tight | Warspot.net
Bulgarian (in the center of the photo) and Turkish (on the right and on the left of the photo) border guards on the common frontier in Thrace, early 1930s
​The State border between Hungary and the USSR in the village of Lavochnoe, March 1941. Until March 1939, the Lavochnoye railway station (now the Lviv region of Ukraine) was located on the Polish-Czechoslovak border, from March to October 1939 — on the Polish-Hungarian - Border is Locked Tight | Warspot.net
The State border between Hungary and the USSR in the village of Lavochnoe, March 1941. Until March 1939, the Lavochnoye railway station (now the Lviv region of Ukraine) was located on the Polish-Czechoslovak border, from March to October 1939 — on the Polish-Hungarian
​Polish (on the left of the photo) and Hungarian (on the right of the photo) border guards on the Hungarian-Polish frontier, formed after the Hungarian occupation of Czechoslovak Transcarpathia in March 1939. The Czechoslovak emblem is still on the border post - Border is Locked Tight | Warspot.net
Polish (on the left of the photo) and Hungarian (on the right of the photo) border guards on the Hungarian-Polish frontier, formed after the Hungarian occupation of Czechoslovak Transcarpathia in March 1939. The Czechoslovak emblem is still on the border post
​A Polish border guard (on the left of the photo) and a German soldier (on the right of the photo) on a railway bridge in Bohumin, a city in the Czechoslovak part of Cieszyn Silesia. When in 1938, Bohumin was annexed to Poland and the main part of the Czech territory went to Germany during the division of Czechoslovakia, a new section of the Polish-German border lay here - Border is Locked Tight | Warspot.net
A Polish border guard (on the left of the photo) and a German soldier (on the right of the photo) on a railway bridge in Bohumin, a city in the Czechoslovak part of Cieszyn Silesia. When in 1938, Bohumin was annexed to Poland and the main part of the Czech territory went to Germany during the division of Czechoslovakia, a new section of the Polish-German border lay here
​Romanian sentry is serving on the border with the USSR near the Prut River, late 1940. The Soviet-Romanian border along the Prut appeared in the summer of 1940 after the annexation of Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina to the USSR. The line passed along the Dniester before - Border is Locked Tight | Warspot.net
Romanian sentry is serving on the border with the USSR near the Prut River, late 1940. The Soviet-Romanian border along the Prut appeared in the summer of 1940 after the annexation of Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina to the USSR. The line passed along the Dniester before
​German-Swiss border. On the right, behind the barrier, is a Swiss border guard. To the left of the German soldiers is an official of the German Zollgrenzschutz, an organization subordinate to the Ministry of Finance of the Third Reich and performing the functions of a border service and customs control - Border is Locked Tight | Warspot.net
German-Swiss border. On the right, behind the barrier, is a Swiss border guard. To the left of the German soldiers is an official of the German Zollgrenzschutz, an organization subordinate to the Ministry of Finance of the Third Reich and performing the functions of a border service and customs control
​Netherlands border guards on duty after the mobilization of the Royal Armed Forces. November 1939. The Netherlands still remained neutral at this time. Germany attacked this country on May 10, 1940 - Border is Locked Tight | Warspot.net
Netherlands border guards on duty after the mobilization of the Royal Armed Forces. November 1939. The Netherlands still remained neutral at this time. Germany attacked this country on May 10, 1940
​Norwegian border post Skafferhullet on the boundary with Finland during the Soviet-Finnish war in 1940. The border will become Soviet-Norwegian on this section soon - Border is Locked Tight | Warspot.net
Norwegian border post Skafferhullet on the boundary with Finland during the Soviet-Finnish war in 1940. The border will become Soviet-Norwegian on this section soon
​Soviet border detachment on the frontier with Romania. June 21, 1941 - Border is Locked Tight | Warspot.net
Soviet border detachment on the frontier with Romania. June 21, 1941
​​Polish frontier guards from the Border Protection Corps with three young ladies in the border town of Dubrovitsa (Dombrovitsa), Polesie Voivodeship of Poland, near the Soviet border. 1932. Now Dubrovitsa is located in the Rivne region of Ukraine, not far from the Ukrainian-Belarusian boundary bikop.eu - Border is Locked Tight | Warspot.net
​Polish frontier guards from the Border Protection Corps with three young ladies in the border town of Dubrovitsa (Dombrovitsa), Polesie Voivodeship of Poland, near the Soviet border. 1932. Now Dubrovitsa is located in the Rivne region of Ukraine, not far from the Ukrainian-Belarusian boundary bikop.eu
​​Swiss border patrol in the Alps, World War II photograph. Switzerland is one of the few European countries whose borders remained intact during the war - Border is Locked Tight | Warspot.net
​Swiss border patrol in the Alps, World War II photograph. Switzerland is one of the few European countries whose borders remained intact during the war
​Soviet border guards protect the border between the USSR and Germany, autumn 1940. Until 1939, the Soviet Union did not have a common border with the Third Reich – it appeared after the partition of Poland at the beginning of World War II - Border is Locked Tight | Warspot.net
Soviet border guards protect the border between the USSR and Germany, autumn 1940. Until 1939, the Soviet Union did not have a common border with the Third Reich – it appeared after the partition of Poland at the beginning of World War II
​​German soldiers cross the border of the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941 - Border is Locked Tight | Warspot.net
​German soldiers cross the border of the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941

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