THE 48TH FUSELIER BATTALION

1945 - 1946

 

 

SHORT HISTORY

 

The 48th Fuselier Battalion was raised in the area of Sint-Niklaas on April 20 1945.

On May 8 1945 the battalion was administratively attached to the 18th Fuselier Brigade "WESTROOSEBEKE".

The 48th Fuselier Battalion started guarding vital installations in the area of Boom on June 25 1945.

Camp of Beverlo. "Wheels" of the 48th Fuselier Battalion.

The battalion moved to the military camp of Beverlo on August 10 1945.

Camp of Beverlo. 3rd Company of the 48th Fuselier Battalion.

On November 28 1945 the 48th Fuselier Battalion received the mission of guarding
pipe-line infrastructure in the province of Antwerp.

April 1946,Sterkshof, Deurne. Men of the Staff Company of the 48th Fuselier Battalion.

The battalion was administratively attached to the 15th Fuselier Brigade "RESISTANCE" on April 16 1946.

May 1946, Brugge.
Major VAN KERCKHOVE (right) and the British Liaison Officer Captain TAYLOR (left).

On May 31 1946 the 48th Fuselier Battalion was disbanded in Brugge.

Commanding Officers
Major VAN KERCKHOVE from the start until November 16 1945
Major SODERMANS from November 16 1945 until March 21 1946
Major VAN KERCKHOVE from March 21 1946 until disbandment

Commanding Officer Major VAN KERCKHOVE

 

 

FORMATION BADGE

 

By Brigade order n55 of August 25 1945, and n77 of September 21 1945, of the 18th Fuselier Brigade,
the 48th Fuselier Battalion had to wear the Formation Badge of the 18th Fuselier Brigade "WESTROOSEBEKE".

A yellow ramping lion in front of a black "W" and the number "18" beneath, the whole on a scarlet shield.

When the 48th Fuselier Battalion was adminstratively re-attached to the 15th Fuselier Brigade "RESISTANCE",
it was allowed, by Brigade order n43 of April 9 1946,
to continue to wear the Formation Badge of the 18th Fuselier Brigade "WESTROOSEBEKE".

Formation Badge worn by the 48th Fuselier Battalion.

 

 

OTHER INSIGNIA

Belgian Rank Insignia were worn.

On the shoulder straps the Belgian Crown, for the Infantry, was  worn above the number "48".

The Infantry flash was worn on both sleeves.

On the left sleeve the white "BELGIUM" title was worn.

On the right sleeve the Belgian National Colours were worn.

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