THE 33RD FUSELIER BATTALION

1945

 

 

SHORT HISTORY

 

The 33rd Fuselier Battalion is raised in Charleroi on April 6 1945.

Primary instruction is given by American officers and NCO's.

The unit is put at the disposal of the 12th US Army Group on June 24 1945.

As the 12th US Army Group was already reducing the number of Belgian units under its command
no further tasks were available for the 33rd Fuselier Battalion.

Subsequently the battalion returns to Beverlo and is put at the disposal of the British Authorities,
21st Lines of Communication Sub Area, on July 2 1945.

The unit moves to Brasschaat on July 27 1945 where it assumes guard duty at the 2223 POW Camp.

The battalion is administratively attached to the 26th Fuselier Brigade on August 2 1945.

Envelop from the 33th Fuselier Battalion

On November 5 1945 the unit is in Helchteren.

As the 26th Fuselier Brigade is disbanded on November 30 1945
the 33rd Fuselier Battalion is administratively attached to the 13th Fuselier Brigade "NAMUR".

The 33rd Fuselier Battalion is disbanded in Helchteren on December 24 1945.

Commanding Officers
Senior Captain DUBOIS
Major DEGAYE
Senior Captain DELLOYE

 

FORMATION BADGE

 

No formation badge has been worn by the 33rd Fuselier Battalion.
The battalion was part of the26th Fuselier Brigade who had no formation badge.
After the transfer to the 13th Fuselier Brigade "NAMUR"no badges from this brigade
were distributed to the 33rd Fuselier Battalion because disbandment
was already planned one month after the transfer.

This was confirmed by information received from veterans.

OTHER INSIGNIA

Belgian Rank Insignia were worn.

On the shoulder straps the Belgian Crown, for the Infantry, was  worn above the number "26".

The Infantry flash was worn on both sleeves.

On the left sleeve the red "BELGIQUE" title was worn.

On the right sleeve the Belgian National Colours were worn.