THE 59TH FUSELIER BATTALION

1945

 

 

SHORT HISTORY

 

The 59th Fuselier Battalion was raised at Erquelines on June 6 1945.

The battalion is administratively attached to the 21st Fuselier Brigade "ARDENNES" on June 20 1945.

After the initial training, the battalion is put at the disposal of the 21st Army Group in August 1945.

Pay Book of fuselier DEBAERE Robert.

On August 27 1945 the unit moves to Hamme, Province of Eastern Flanders.

As the Allied Authorities have no tasks anymore for new fuselier battalions,
the unit is already put back at the disposal of the Belgian Authorities  on October 15 1945.

A few days later the 59th Fuselier Battalion is disbanded at Hamme on October 21 1945.

Death Card of Lieutenant VAN BALLENBERGHE Maurice.

Commanding Officer
Major COIBION from the start until disbandment.

 

FORMATION BADGE

 

The 59th Fuselier Battalion normally had to wear the formation badge of the 21st Fuselier Brigade "ARDENNES".

As the battalion was already disbanded when the brigade badges were put into production,
one can assume that the 59th Fuselier Battalion wore no formation badge.

 

 

OTHER INSIGNIA

Belgian Rank Insignia were worn.

On the shoulder straps the Belgian Crown, for the Infantry, should have been worn above the number "21".

Due to the lack of stock crossed rifles have been worn with the number  "59" in metal.

The Infantry flash should have been  worn on both sleeves, but this has not been confirmed.

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

On the right sleeve the Belgian National Colours were worn.

Fuselier of the 59th Fuselier Battalion.
He wears the crossed rifles with the letters "SA" above.
"SA" stands for "Service d' Administration".


 

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