FIELD ARTILLERY BATTERY
1941 - 1944
THE 1ST BELGIAN
FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT
1944 - 1946
The 1st Belgian Field Battery was raised at Tenby, Wales, United Kingdom, on February 14th 1941.
of the 1st Belgian Field Battery :
Each Troop consisted of 4 artillery guns.
At first the unit recieved 75mm gun, wich were rather older canons.
1941 the Battery recieved the well known 25 pounder guns,
which will be used until the end of the War.
Wales, United Kingdom.
Gunners of A Troop, 1st Belgian Field Battery
United Kingdom, 1942.
Gunners of A Troop.
On January 3rd 1943 the 1st Belgian Field Battery is integrated in the 1st Belgian Independant Grouping.
On March 24th
1944 a C Troop is created manned with gunners, NCO's and officers
of the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg.
Only the Troop Commander was a Belgian officer.
The 1st Belgian Field battery participated in the Normandy Campaign in August 1944.
|Christmas Card 1943 of the 1st Belgian Field Battery||Normandy August 1944, at the front.|
entering Brussels on September 4th 1944, the Battery continued
the campaign in Belgium
and the south of the Netherlands.
17th 1944 the Battery left the front and was reorganised into
the 1st Belgian Field Artillery Regiment.
of the 1st Belgian Field Regiment :
"P", "Q" and "R" Battery.
thourough training the Field Regiment paricipated in the 2nd
campaign in the Netherlands,
until the end of the War.
Belgian Field Regiment, Summer 1945, Westphalia, Germany.
Training with the 25 p˘under gun.
Belgian Field Regiment also participated in the ocuupation of
until it returned to Belgium on Christmas 1945.
Major HIRSCH from the start until half November 1942
Lietenant-Colonel DE RIDDER from half November 1942 until 1946.
1st Commanding Officer
2nd Commanding Officer
FORMATION BADGES AND OTHER INSIGNIA
Belgian Field Battery and the 1st Belgian Field Regiment
wore the Formation Badge of the 1st Belgian Infantry Brigade "PIRON".
The first Formation Badge was created in 1943 in the United Kingdom.
A yellow lionhead, facing front, in a black turned upside down triangle with a large red border.
|1st Formation Badge of the 1st Belgian Field Battery||Variant|
When the Field Regiment started its training end 1944, the second Formation Badge came into use.
A yellow lionhead, facing front, in front of a red cross, the whole on a black shield.
|2nd Formation Badge of the 1st Belgian Field Regiment||Variant|
wearing the 1st Formation Badge
wearing the 2nd Formation Badge