THE 7TH FUSELIER BATTALION

1944 - 1946

 

 

SHORT HISTORY

 

The 7th Fuselier Battalion was raised at Gent, Belgium, on December 11 1944.

Gent, end of January 1945.  The 7th Fuselier Battalion on parade.
On the left is the Commanding Officer Lieutenant-Colonel TIMMERMAN.

After the training period, the 7th Fuselier Battalion came under the operational command
of the 16th Lines of Communication Sub Area, 21st Army Group, on February 4 1945.

The battalion was put on guard duty at the port of Gent.

Despatch riders of the 7th Fuselier Battalion.

On May 15 1945 the battalion left Gent for Tiel, the Netherlands, where they had to guard a POW camp.

On June 8 1945 the 7th Fuselier Battalion left Tiel for area of Osnabrück, Occupied Germany.

Death Card of Sergeant GILSON Frans, 2nd Coy of the 7The Fuselier Battalion.
He died at Münster, Occupied Germany, on June 26 1946.

On October 30 1945 the battalion moved to the area of Emden.

The battalion returned to Belgium on January 5 1946.

Ostercappeln, Occupied Germany, 1945.
The Staff of the 7th Fuselier Battalion at their HQ.
Ostercappeln, Occupied Germany, 1945.  HQ of the 7th Fuselier Battalion..

The 7th Fuselier Battalion was disbanded at Beverlo on January 31 1946.

Commanding officers
Lietenant-Colonel TIMMERMAN from start until March 30 1945
Major DEWEER from March 30 1945 until August 6 1945
Major CLAES from August 6 1945 until disbandment

 

 

FORMATION BADGE

 

At first the 7th Fuselier Battalion wore no Formation Badge.

On June 24 1945 an order was issued by the Commander of the 12th Fuselier Brigade "Liège",
stating that the Formation Badge of the 12th Fuselier Brigade had to be worn on both sleeves.

A gold lion, facing to the left, in front of a black "L", the whole on a scarlet shield.

No other Formation badge has been worn.

Formation Badge of the 12th Fuselier Brigade, worn by the 7th Fuselier Battalion.

 

NON OFFICIAL FORMATION BADGE

In March 1945 the commander of the 12th Fuselier Brigade proposed
a project of formation badge for the entire brigade.

As the name of the brigade was "Liège", a famous city in Belgium known for the forts
which slowed down the German invasion in 1914,
he proposed a formation badge including the "perron of Liège" flanked by the letters "L" & "G".

The badge was a design from corporal VANDERHAEGHE, 1st Company 7th Fuselier Battalion.

As the project was rejected by the Minister of Defence, the badge was retained
by the 1st Company of the 7th Fuselier Battalion.

They wore the non official badge until the formation badge "Liège" was introduced in June 1945.

Formation Badge of the 1st Company,
 7th Fuselier Battalion.
Worn from March until June 1945.

 

OTHER INSIGNIA

 

Belgian Rank Insignia were worn.

On the shoulder straps the crossed rifles, for the Fuseliers, were worn above the number "7".

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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