THE 27TH FUSELIER BATTALION

1945 - 1946

 

 

SHORT HISTORY

 

The 27th Fuselier Battalion was raised at Oudenaarde, Belgium, on February 24 1945.

April 1945, parade held in Oudenaarde at the end of the training period.
In front of the unit is the commanding officer Lieutenant-Colonel DE BREYNE.

On March 10 the battalion was administratively attached to the 14th Fuselier Brigade "ANTWERPEN".

The battalion was put at the disposal of the 21st Army Group on April 14 1945.

It was the last battalion that was "combat ready" before May 8 1945, i.e. VE Day.

On June 1 the 27th Fuselier Battalion arrives in Antwerp.

There it assumes guard duties at several RASC depots.

The battalion was transferred to Occupied Germany, and arrived at Paderborn on August 4 1945.

Following cantonments were occupied during its stay in Germany :
Paderborn, Bad Salzuffen, Minden.

 
Paderborn, Germany, September 1945.
On the left is Adjudant 1st Class POUTS, RSM of the battalion.
  Minden, Germany, January 1946.
NCO's of the Regimental Police.
Left to right : Sgt DE PRAET, Sgt VANHOUTTE, 1Sgt WUYTS.

The 27th Fuselier Battalion was administratively attached
to the 15th Fuselier Brigade "WEERSTAND - RESISTANCE" on November 30 1945,
and subsequently to the 16th Fuselier Brigade "HAELEN"on February 1 1946.

On May 8 1946 the battalion returned to Tournai, Belgium.

The 27th Fuselier Battalion was disbanded at Tournai on June 6 1946.

Commanding Officers
Lieutenant-Colonel DE BREYNE until August 8 1945
Senior Captain CLEEREN until October 25 1945
Major TORREELE until disbandment

 

 

FORMATION BADGE

 

The battalion never wore the Formation Badge of the 15th Fuselier Brigade "WEERSTAND - RESISTANCE".

It is impossible to confirm that the Formation Badge of the 16th Fuselier Brigade "HAELEN"  was also worn.

As far as I could get information from veterans
 only the Formation Badge of the 14th Fuselier Brigade was worn,
even when the battalion was attached to the two other Fuselier Brigades.

Formation Badge of the 14th Fuselier Brigade "ANTWERPEN"

 

 

Sergeant STOFFERIS wearing the Formation Badge of the 14th Fuselier Brigade.
He wears the Belgian rank insignia of sergeant.

 

Detail showing the crown and "14", in white tread,on the shoulder strap,
the Formation Badge "ANTWERPEN" and the "BELGIUM" arm title.

 

Shoulder insignia.

What is certain is that several different sets of shoulder insignia were worn.

The crossed rifles with the "27" beneath,
the Infantry crown with the "14" beneath,
the Infantry crown with the "27" beneath, which is not correct,
the Infantry crown with the "15" or the "16" beneath.

Metal insignia and white tread insignia were worn.

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