I’m writing a story that takes place in 1939 Nazi Germany.
In one scene, I want a character to be arrested by the Gestapo in her home. The idea being that a neighbor snitched on her, and it didn’t help that she was actually a field agent for british intelligence. I want it to go like this:
1.) Woman answers a knock at the door.
2.) A Gestapo officer and a squad of jack-booted thugs are outside.
3.) They search the house and ransakc the place.
4.) Evidence is discovered and woman is arrested.
I want to make this somewhat realistic, but there’s a number of things I’m not sure about.
A.) Presumably the Gestapo would be leading the raid but what about the thugs to do the actual arresting and maybe some ransacking(searching for evidence, stuff like that)? I keep thinking of Stormtroopers but I under the impression the SA was somewhat phased out by 1939. Police? SS? Soldiers? How would they be armed?
B.) Would they bother knocking and asking to search the place(not that refusing would deter them)? or just kick down the door and start smashing things?
C.) The part ends with her being arrested and threatened with interrogation to find out everything she knows. I had a line in there about her being shipped to a concentration camp, but maybe that’s a bit too excessive. Would this be down at Police/SS/Gestapo HQ instead?