THE 30TH FUSELIER BATTALION

1945-1946

 

 

SHORT HISTORY

 

The 30th Fuselier Battalion was raised at Tervuren on March 7 1945.

The battalion was administratively attached to the 16th Fuselier Brigade "HAELEN" the same day.

After initial training, the battalion was put at the disposal of the 21st Army Group on May 10 1945.

One day later the battalion assumes guard duty at the Civilian Interrogation Camps 32 and 33 at  Vilvoorde.

From the end of May until the end of June 1945 the battalion guards vital installations
in Vilvoorde, Jette, Laeken and Evere.

On June 27 1945 the Battalion Commander informs the Inspector General of the Belgian Army
that two platoons have been send to Germany.

A platoon of the 4th Company is in Iserlohn, near Munster,
and a platoon of the 5th Company is in Brunswick.

On July 15 1945 the platoon of the 4th Company returns to Belgium.

The battalion, except the platoon of the 5th Company, moves to the military camp of Beverlo.

During the next 6 weeks the battalion receives supplementary training.

The platoon of the 5th Company is ordered to move to Berlin-Charlottenburg.

The platoon assumes guard duty at the POW Work Camp in Berlin-Charlottenburg
and also helps with counterintelligence missions such as searching wanted nazis.

After training the battalion continues guarding vital installations.

The battalion is put at the disposal of the Belgian authorities on January  1 1946.

The same day the 30th Fuselier Battalion is theoritacally disbanded but is instantly tranformed
into the 2nd Forestry Corps.

Commanding Officers
Major BAYENS from the start until August 6 1945
Senior Captain KAECKENBEEK from August 6 1945 until October 25 1945
Major DIEPERINCK from October 25 1945 until disbandment

 

 

FORMATION BADGES

 

The 30th Fuselier Battalion, except the platoon of the 5th Company, wore only
the Formation Badge of the 16th Fuselier Brigade "HAELEN".

A yellow lion, ramping to the left, in front of a black capital "H" and the number 16 beneath,
the whole on a scarlet shield.

Formation Badge of the 16th Fuseleir Brigade.

The Formation Badge was worn on both sleeves.

The platoon of the 5th Company also wore the 1st Formation Badge of the British Troops in Berlin.

A black circle surrounded by a scarlet ring, symbol of the encirclement of the black spot of Europe.

1st Formation Badge of the British Troops in Berlin.

They wore the 16th Fuselier Brigade Formation Badge on the right sleeve
above the Formation Badge of the  British Troops in Berlin.

On the left sleeve they only wore the Formation Badge of the  British Troops in Berlin.

 
Fuselier of the Platton in Berlin on conversation with a German Policeman.
Watch the Formation, Badge of the British Troops in Berlin on his sleeve.
  Detail of the picture showing the crossed rifles
with the number"30" beneath.
Corporal of the platoon of the 5th Company in Berlin during the apprehension of a suspected nazi.
He wears the Formation Badge of the 16th Fuselier Brigade above the Formation Badge of the British Troops in Berlin.

 

OTHER INSIGNIA

Belgian Rank Insignia were worn.

The NCO's of the platoon in Berlin wore Britsh rank insignia.

On the shoulder straps the crossed rifles, for the Fuseliers, were  worn above the number "30".

The Infantry flash was worn on both sleeves.

At the start the left sleeve the red "BELGIE" title was worn on the left sleeve.

A few months later the white "BELGIUM" was adopted.

The platoon in Berlin wore a red "BELGIUM".

On the right sleeve the Belgian National Colours were worn.

The platoon in Berlin wore no National Colours.

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