THE 1st BELGIAN
INDEPENDANT PARACHUTIST COMPANY
1941 - 1944

THE 1st BELGIAN SAS SQUADRON
1944

THE 1st BELGIAN SAS PARACHUTIST REGIMENT
1945 - 1946

 

SHORT HISTORY

 

The Belgian Independant Parachute Company was raised at Malvern, United Kingdom, on May 8 1942.

Friz Hill 1943
The 1st Belgian Independant Parachute Company

In June 1943 the company was attached for some time to the 8th British Parachute Battalion.

The company continued to train for night jumps.

Friz Hill 1943
training with explosives.
Friz Hill 1943
Men of the 1st Belgian Independant Parachute Company

 

In January 1944 the 1st Belgian Independant Parachute Company became the 1st Belgian SAS Squadron
and was integrated into the British SAS Brigade.

On July 27 1944 the Squadron saw action for the first time and they were parachuted
behind enemy lines in France.

During July and August 1944 the squadron acomplished several missions behind enemey lines.

On August 15 1944 several teams were parachuted near the Belgian border.

Their mission was to penetrate into Belgian territory and to make contact with the resisitance mouvements
with the purpose of organising sabotage actions.

They were the first Allied, and Belgian, military to enter Belgium.

Once Belgium liberated in September 1944, the unit started to train new recruits.

On November 11 1944 the unit was reorganised an became "jeepborne" instead of "airborne".

Belgium, Ardennes 1944. Platoon of the 1st Belgian SAS Squadron
on a flank defensive action during the Battle of the Bulge.
Platoon on patrol during the Battle of the Bulge

The squadron took part in the battle of the Bulge and fulfilled flank defensive operations
for the 6th British Airborne Division.

On February 4 1945 the squadron was reorganised and became the 1st Belgian SAS Parachute Regiment.

Death card of sergeant Raymond HOLVOET
executed by the Germans in 1945.

After training the new recruits, the regiment was assigned to the 2nd Canadian Army Corps on April 10 1945.

The 1st Belgian SAS Parachute Regiment took part in the Holland-Germany campaign.

 
April 1945, advancing into The Netherlands towards Germany.   May 1945, Belgian SAS in Tönder, Denmark.

After the capitulation of Nazi Germany the regiment undertook counter intelligence missions
in the North of Germany and the South of Denmark.

They apprehended von Ribbentrop and took part in the arrest of the Dönitz Government in Flensburg.

Germany, Flensburg, May 1945, on patrol.

The regiment returned to Belgium on July 4 1945.

At the end of 1945 the 1st Belgian SAS Parachute Regiment became part of the newly formed Belgian Army.

Belgium, Tervuren, end 1945.
The 1st Belgian SAS Parachute Regiment returns to the Belgian Army.

Commanding Officers :

Senior Captain THISE from the start until January 20 1944
Major BLONDEEL from January 20 1944 until 1946

 
Senior Captain THISE   Major BLONDEEL

 

BADGES AND INSIGNIA
BELGIAN SAS PARACHUTIST
1941-1946