THE 55TH FUSELIER BATTALION

1945 - 1946

 

 

SHORT HISTORY

 

The 55th Fuselier Battalion was raised at Sint-Niklaas on June 18 1945.

The battalion was administratively attached to the 20th  Fuselier Brigade "ERTVELDE" on July 6 1945.

On July 8 1945 the 55th Fuselier Battalion left for Aalst.

The battalion was put at the disposal of the 21st Army Group on September 10 1945.

The city of Aalst presented a standard to the 55th Fuselier Battalion on September 13 1945  during a parade.

Aalst, September 13 1945. The 55th Fuselier Battalion receives a standard from the city of Aalst.
Second from the right is the commanding officer Senior Captain VANDEN DRIESSCHE.
General view on the ceremony in front of the City Hall of Aalst.

The same day the battalion left Aalst and went to the Balgian coast at Heist.

The main task of the battalion was guarding vital installations of the 21st Army Group.

On May 8 1946 the battalion is put at the disposal of the Belgian authorities, 
and  some of its elements leave the battalion for the 5th Infantry Brigade "MERCKEM" in Occupied Germany.

Requisition Order of the 55th Fuselier Battalion

 

The 55th Fuselier Battalion is disbanded at Varsenaere on May 31 1946.

Commanding Officers
Senior Captain VANDEN DRIESSCHE from the start until October 25 1945
Major LIEBEZOONS from October 25 1945 until disbandment

 

 

FORMATION BADGE

 

The only official Formation Badge that was worn by the 55th Fuselier Battalion
was the badge of the 20th Fuselier Brigade "ERTVELDE".

The badge was introduced by Brigade Order n 43 of October 17 1945.

The Formation Badge had to be worn on both sleeves.

Formation Badge worn by the 55th Fuselier Battalion.

 

OTHER INSIGNIA

Belgian Rank Insignia were worn.

On the shoulder straps the Belgian Crown, for the Infantry,was  worn above the number "20".

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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