THE 5TH FUSELIER BATTALION
1944 - 1945
The 5th Fuselier Battalion was raised at Charleroi, Belgium, on October 7 1944.
|Poster informing the citizens of Charleroi of the raising of the 5th Fuselier Battalion.|
On December 1 1944 the battalion came under the operational command of the 1st US Army.
The battalion guards POL depots and Lines of Communication for the 23rd Tank Destroyer Group.
battle of the Bulge the battalion takes up defensive positions
and even helps to evacuate
a large POL depot under enemy fire (STARS and STRIPES January 8 1945).
|Men of the 5th Fuselier Battalion during the Battle of the Bulge||We're going to hang our washing on the Siegfried Line....|
The battalion crosses the Rhine on April 4 1945.
1945 the battalion returns to Belgium where it is assigned to
at the 105 P.O.W Camp in Breedene at the Belgian Coast.
The 5th Fuselier battalion is disbanded on December 31 1945.
Officer Lieutenant-Colonel CUVELIER
and his adjudant major Major THOMAS
5th Fuselier battalion in Kassel, Germany
Lieutenant-Colonel CUVELIER from October 1944 until February 6 1945
Lieutenant-Colonel DEVAUX from February 6 1945 until May 1945
Major CLAES from May until October 1945
Major DUMAY from October 1945 until disbandment
of Charleroi on a black and white background,
the whole in a turned upside down triangle with a green border.
Most of the volunteers originate from Charleroi.
Because the 4th
Fuselier Battalion was assigned to the 1st US Army,
the battalion was allowed to wear the formation badge of the 1st US Army.
|Formation Badge of the 5th Fuselier Battalion||Formation
Badge of the 1st US Army
as worn by the 5th Fuselier Battalion
formation badge was worn on the left arm sleeve,
the badge of the 1st US Army was worn on the right arm sleeve.
of the 5th Fuselier Battalion
wearing the formation badge
|Breast Pocket Badge||Lapel badge worn on civilian clothing|