THE 47TH FUSELIER BATTALION

1945 - 1946

 

 

SHORT HISTORY

 

The 47th Fuselier Battalion is raised at Berchem (Antwerpen) on April 12 1945.

Two weeks later, o, April 28 1945, the attalion is already administratively attached
to the 17th Fuselier Brigade "HAELEN".

After the initial training the battalion is put at the disposal of the Belgian Gendarmerie on June 14 1945.

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 black market infiltration and subversive elements.

The battalion is stationned at Malmedy, Manderfeld, Schönberg, Steinebrück,
Burg-Reuland, Hommersweiler and Butgenbach.

The batallion is put at the disposal of the 21st Army Group on June 17 1945
but remains at the German-Belgian border.

On August 2 1945 the 46th Fuselier Battalion is administratively attached to the 27th Fuselier Brigade.

A rather strange incident occured on September 28 1945.

A truck is shot at in the vicinity of Bullange.

The driver manages to continue his route to Butgenbach.

The perpetrator was never found.

Several shots were fired at the truck.

The 47th Fuselier Battalion is disbanded on April 16 1945.

Commanding Officer
Major DEFONSECA

 

FORMATION BADGE

 

As far as known the 47th Fuselier Battalion had no formation badge of its own.

They didn't wear the formation badge of the 17th Fuselier Brigade "HAELEN"
because they left the brigade before the distribution of the badges.

The 27th Fuselier Brigade had no formation badge.

 

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 47th Fuselier Battalion.

OTHER INSIGNIA

Belgian Rank Insignia were worn.

On the shoulder straps the Belgian Crown, for the Infantry, was  worn above the number "27".

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.