THE BELGIAN MARINE COMPANIES
2 Marine Companies have been raised.
task was to transport military material, for the Allied High
Command, with barges,
through the interior waterways and the Belgian harbours.
Recruitment Poster in French.
Recruitment Poster in Dutch - Flemish.
Both companies were raised at Londerzeel, Belgium.
The 1st Marine Company on March 7 1945, the 2nd Marine Company on April 3rd 1945.
Marine Company was put at the disposal of the 21st Army Group on
April 4 1945,
and was stationed at Antwerpen on June 1 1945.
The company worked under the supervision of the British 951st Inter Water Transport Unit.
Marine Company stayed at the disposal of the Belgian Military
and was stationed at Desteldonk, near Gent, on June 16 1945.
Company; harbour of Gent, 1945.
Harbour of Gent,
Both companies were disbanded on September 30 1945.
Senior Captain ANTHONE for the 1st Marine Company
Senior Captain VERHAEGEN for the 2nd Marine Company
BADGES AND INSIGNIA
Only the 1st Marine Company wore a Formation Badge.
The Formation Badge of the Lines of Communications Troops of the 21st Army Group.
A blue cross on a red shield.
Badge worn by the 1st Belgian Marine Company.
|Private MOONS, 1st Marine Company.||Detail of picture with visible "1", anchor and "BELGIUM".|
Sme in the 1st Marine Company wore the arm title "IWT" instead of the Belgian National Colours.
IWT is the abbreviation of Inter Water Transport.
All men wore Belgian rank insignia, the national colours on the right arm, and a white "BELGIUM" on the left arm.
On both arms, the flash of the engineers, blue-red, was worn.
|Belgian National Colours||White "BELGIUM" Arm Title|
On both shoulders staps they wore a badge of their own, an anchor in white tread, normally with a white "1" or "2" above..
|Anchor Badge as worn on both shoulders.|