THE 57TH FUSELIER BATTALION
1945 - 1946
The 57th Fuselier Battalion is raised at Oudenaarde on May 17 1945.
The unit is administratively attached tot the 21st Fuselier Brigade"ARDENNES" on June 20 1945.
At the end of the training
period, on August 17 1945,
the battalion is put at the disposal of the 21st Army Group.
The day after the unit moves to Ronse where it assumes guard duty at the POW Camp 2232.
Groundplan of POW Camp 2232.
On December 4 1945 the
battalion is put at the disposal of the Belgian Authorities
and moves to the military barracks of Beverloo near Leopoldsburg.
The 57th Fuselier Battalion is disbanded at Beverloo on January 10 1946.
The men of the 57th Fuselier Battalion wore two formation badges, one official and one non-official.
At first, as no specific
dress regulations were issued,
they wore the Formation Badge of the Troops of the Lines of Communications of the 21st Army Group.
A blue cross on a red shield.
Badge of the L. of C. Troops
This wearing was forbidden half July 1945.
The official Formation Badge
worn by the 57th Fuselier Battalion
is the Formation Badge of the 21st Fuselier Brigade "ARDENNES".
A yellow heraldic lion,
facing to the left, in front of the letter "A"
with the number"21" beneath.
The whole on a scarlet shield.
Formation Badge of the 21st Fuselier Brigade "ARDENNES" worn by the 57th Fuselier Battalion.
Fuselier wearing the Formation Badge of the 21st Fuselier Brigade "ARDENNES".
Belgian Rank Insignia were worn.
On the shoulder straps the Belgian Crown, for the Infantry, was worn above the number "21".
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.