THE "CIVIL AFFAIRS" MISSION
1944-1945

 

 

SHORT HISTORY

 

The "Civil Affairs" Mission was raised by Belgian law-decree of February 3 1944.

Belgian active officers, reserve officers, and civilians receiving a temporaily commission as an officer, were recruited.

Instruction was given on military and civilian organisation in Belgium.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United Kingdom, June 1944.
Civil Affairs officers
receiving topographic instruction.
 

 
 
 

It was foreseen that, for military security, rear combat zones and logistical zones
would stay under military rule as long as necessary.

The main task of those "Civilian Affairs" officers was to act as a liaison between the Belgian Government,
the Allied Military High Command, and the local Belgian Authorities, once Belgium would be freed.

Their task would end once the "military period" of an area would be over.

Brussels was liberated on September 4 1944, and already a few days later
the first "Civil Affairs" officers arrived in liberated Belgium.

Letter of SHAEF HQ authorising the arrival of some of
the first Civil Affairs officers in liberated Belgium.

Belgium was officially declared "liberated" in February 1945, after the battle of the Bulge.

Soon after, most of the "Civil Affairs" officers ended their task

Some still continued to act as a liaison between the Allied Authorities and the Belgian Government,
but after the capitulation of Nazi Germany, the "Civil Affairs" Mission was disbanded.

Several "Civil Affairs" officers were integrated into the Belgian Military Mission and the Belgian Mission for Repatriation.

Commanding Officer :
Lieutenant-General TSCHOFFEN

 

 

INSIGNIA

 

All "Civil Affairs" officers wore the Battle-Dress.

On the left arm they wore the "BELGIUM" title, dark red capital letters on a khaki background.

Belgian National Colours

"BELGIUM" arm title

On the right arm they wore the "CIVIL AFFAIRS" title, dark red letters on a khaki background,
and the Belgian national colours.

"CIVIL AFFAIRS" arm title

 

 
Battle-Dress blouse from a Civil Affairs civilian.   Detail of the arm title.

 

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