THE BELGIAN COMMANDO TROOPS

1942 - 1945

 

 

SHORT HISTORY

 

In August 1942 7 Belgian officers and a 100 volunteers went to
the "Commando Basic Training Center" at Achnacarry, Scotland.

After training they became the 4th Troop of the 10th Inter-Allied Commando.

On December 13 1943 the 4th Troop saw action at the Italian Front, only 4km of the river Sangro.

After several months of duty at the Italian Front, the 4th Troop embarked
for the Yougoslav island of Vis, on March 17 1944.

From there they undertook, together with the Yougoslav partisans of marshal TITO,
several raids on the islands occupied by the Germans.

 
10th Inter-Allied Commando 4th Troop   Letter signed by Major DANLOY

On May 14 1944 they returned to Italy, and from there to the United Kingdom.

By the end of September 1944 the 4th Troop returned to liberated Belgium,
received some350 volunteers, and underwent new training.

On november 1 1944 the 4th Troop took part at the amphibious assault
on the Dutch island of Walcheren in the river Schelde estuary.

Death Card of Lieutenenant MENY
who was killed in action during the assault on Walcheren.

During the Walcheren campaign the 4th Troop lost 25% of his men.

Belgian Commandos after the battle for Damburg, Walcheren.

The Belgian Commandos returned to the United Kingdom where they finished
the training of the new volunteers.

At the end of April 1945 the Belgian contingency formed 3 troops and a Staff Troop, which made them
the largest non-British contingency in the 10th Inter-Allied Commando.

The Belgian Troops took part in the last battles in the North of Germany.

May 1945, Belgian Commando taking a meal in Northern Germany.
He wears the Combined Operations Badge with the shoulder title "N10 Commando".

After the German capitulation they stayed in the North where they came under the operational command
of the 8th British Army Corps until September 12 1945.

Then the Belgian Commandos returned the Belgium and were integrated in the newly formed Belgian Army.

Commanding Officer :
Captain, later Major DANLOY, nickname "Chesty George".

Commanding Officer Captain DANLOY

 

 

FORMATION BADGES AND INSIGNIA

 

As the Belgian Commandos were integrated in the British Land Forces, they adapted the British rank insignia.

The left shoulder title was the "N 10 COMMANDO", red on dark blue.

 

 
2 variants of the "N 10 COMMANDO" shoulder title  

 

The right shoulder title was a "BELGIUM", red on dark blue.

 

"BELGIUM" shoulder title as worn by the Belgian Commandos

Below the shoulder titles they wore the Formation Badge of the "Combined Operations".
A "Tommy Gun", an eagle and a stockless anchor, all in red, on a dark blue circle.

 

"COMBINED OPERATIONS" Badge as worn by the belgian Commandos  

"Dagger" badge as worn in 19453

On their beret the Belgians wore the Belgian rampant lion on a dark background.

Starting 1945 they began to wear the new Formation Badge, the red commando dagger on a dark blue triangle.

Once the Belgian Commandos were reintegrated into the belgian Army, September 1945, they changed badges.

They adopted the Belgian ranking insignia.

On the right shoulder they wore the Belgian National Colours, black-yellow-red, with the balck facing the front.

Beneath the National Colours they wore the new Belgian Commando Badge,
a white Commando dagger on a khaki triangle with a white border.

Belgian "Dagger" badge worn end 1945
Belgian "COMMANDO" shoulder title, worn end 1945.

On the left shoulder they wore the shoulder title "BELGIUM", white on khaki, with white border,
with the new Commando "Dagger" Badge beneath.

Shoulder title "BELGIUM" worn end 1945

Belgian Corporal with "N 10 COMMANDO" badge and "COMBINED OPERATIONS" badge

Belgian Staff Troop, Northern Germany, June 1945.
2 sergeants wearing the red Commando "Dagger" badge.

 

 

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