THE 45TH FUSELIER BATTALION

1945-1946

 

 

SHORT HISTORY

 

The 45th Fuselier Battalion is raised at Oudenaarde on April 16 1945.

On April 28 1945 the battalion is administratively attached to the 17th Fuselier Brigade "HAELEN".

The unit is put at the disposal of the 21st Army Group on June 5 1945.

The same day the batallion moves to Antwerpen.

 

Fuselier MOREAU Gustave
during the instuction period at Oudenaarde.

 

Pay Book of fuselier MOREAU Gustave.

From June 1945 until the end of January 1946 the 45th Fuselier Battalion delivers guard detachments
for several vital infrastructures at Bevekom, Ghlin, Erbisoeul and the Royal Castle at Laeken.

During this period the battalion is dispersed for practical reason and is billeted at Brussels,
Etterbeek, Beauvechain, Maurage, Ghlinan Lodelinsart.

On February 1 1946 the 45th Fuselier Battalion is administratively reattached to the 27th Fuselier Brigade.

Two weeks later, on February 13 1946, the Battalion moves to the Belgian-German border area.

Fuseliers of the 45th Fuselier battalion, with a Red Cross truck, during their border period in 1946.

The battalion is assigned to the "Frontier Service".

Their main task is the control of all traffic between Belgium and Germany,
with the aim of detecting enemy infiltration and all other subversive elements.

The battalion is billeted at Eupen, Eynatten, Raeren, La Calamine and Sourbrodt.

The 45th Fuselier Battalion is disbanded on April 15 1946.

Commanding Officer
Major EPPE

 

 

FORMATION BADGE

 

The 45th Fuselier Battalion wore the Formation Badge of the 17th Fuselier Brigade "HAELEN".

A yellow lion ramping to the left, in front of a black capital "H",with a black "17" beneath.
The whole on a scarlet shield.

The Formation Badge was worn on both sleeves.

Fomation Badge of the 17th Fuselier Brigade "HAELEN"
worn by the 45th Fuselier battalion.

During their borderguard period a specific arm title was worn, though not official.

The words "FRONTIER SERVICE" in white capital letters, on a curved black background.

The arm title was worn on the left arm.

"FRONTIER SERVICE" arm title worn by the 45th Fuselier Battalion.

Fuseliers of the 45th Fuselier Battalion helping the Red Cross during their border period.
Note the black curved arm title of the fuselier on the left.

 

 

OTHER INSIGNIA

Belgian Rank Insignia were worn.

On the shoulder straps the Belgian Crown, for the Infantry, was  worn above the number "17".

Fuseliers of the 45th Fuselier Battalion at a theatre performance.
Note the "17" and the crown.

When attached to the 27th Fuselier Brigade the number "27" was worn by most of the fuseliers, but not by all.

This was due to distribution poblems.

The Infantry flash was worn on both sleeves.

On the left sleeve the white "BELGIUM" title was worn, except during the border period
when the "FRONTIER SERVICE" arm title was worn.

On the right sleeve the Belgian National Colours were worn.

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