THE GENERAL TRANSPORT COMPANIES
1944-1946

 

 

SHORT HISTORY

 

One of the main elements in the agreements between the Belgian Government and SHAEF
was the raising of a certain number of transport companies.

34 General Transport Companies were raised, and all were put at the disposal of the 21st Army Group.

The first companies received their training in Belgium, but the majority went to Great Britain for training.

North Sea, August 28, 1945.
Return to Belgium of the 1020th General Transport Company, after the training period in Great Britain.

In December 1944, after the raising of the first transport companies,
 a Command of the Transport Group was created.

In February 1945 a Training Command of the Transport Group was also created.

5 Sub-TransportGroups were created, but those were only administrative units.

View on Doddington Camp, July 1945.

 Doddington Camp July 1945.
Morning parade of the 1010th Transport Company

Most of the companies received their training in the United Kingdom.

The School for NCO's was at Black Down, and the School for Officers at Aldershot.

The Basic Training Centre was installed at Bradford.

The Schools for Drivers were first installed at Carlisle and Heckfield,
but were merged and transferred to Doddington on April 15 1945.

The School for Mecanics was at South End.

Aldershot, June 1945, training of Belgian Transport officers.

   

Schoten, Belgium, November 1945.
1031th General Transport Compnay,
blackboard with the daily maintenance tasks.

   
   

Leuze, Belgium, May 1945, officers of the 1012th General Transport Company.
The major on the right is the commanding officer Major Bastin.

   

Only a few companies were on active duty in Occupied Germany.

Most of the companies stayed in Belgium.

August 1945.
A section of the 1005th Gen Tpt Coy at Beningsen, Occupied Germany.

July 1945.
Trucks of the 1005th Gen Tpt Coy on the road between Hannover and Hamburg.

The disbandment of the General Transport Companies started at the beginning of 1946
and was completed by the end of August 1946.

 

Tpt Coy

Raised

Place

Training
in GB

To
21st Army Group

Disbanded

Commanding
Officers

1001

Nov 6 1944

Antwerpen

- Mar 11 1945

Jun 7 1946

Major DECKX

1002 Nov 6 1944 Antwerpen - Mar 2 1945 Feb 26 1946 Major RENSON
Major VINCART
1003 Nov 6 1944 Antwerpen - Mar 19 1945 May 6 1946 Major DUBOIS
1004 Nov 6 1944 Antwerpen - Mar 19 1945 Jun 13 1946 Sen Capt BRUYER
Major HARSIN
1005 Dec 15 1944 Antwerpen - Mar 3 1945 Mar 22 1946 Major PEETERS
Sen Capt PLOUMAN
Major MOORS
1006 Dec 15 1944 Antwerpen - Apr 13 1945 Mar 31 1946 Sen Capt DUJARDIN
Capt VAN DORSELAER
Sen Capt DE VIELDER
1007 Dec 15 1944 Antwerpen - Apr 23 1945 Apr 8 1946 Sen Capt DETH
Sen Capt DE SCHIETERE DE LOPHEM
Major STROOBANTS
Sen Capt GOORIS
1008 Mar 11 1945 Braine l'Alleud Jun 5 1945 -
Jul 17 1945
Jul 27 1945 May 4 1946 Major MENTOCK
1009 Mar 18 1945 Braine l'Alleud Apr 23 1945 -
Jul 14 1945
Jul 14 1945 Apr 6 1946 Sen Capt VAN NYEN
Sen Capt KORTLEVEN
1010 Mar 18 1945 Braine l'Alleud Jun 5 1945 -
Jul 18 1945
Jul 18 1945 Jul 1 1946 Sen Capt WEYLER
1011 Dec 16 1944 Berchem Dec 23 1944 -
Mar 19 1945
Mar 31 1945 Feb 26 1946 Major DECARPENTERIE
Sen Capt WILLEMART
1012 Dec 16 1944 Berchem Dec 25 1944 -
Mar 24 1945
Apr 1 1945 Jul 10 1946 Major BASTIN
Sen Capt BAUDOT
1013 Dec 25 1944 Berchem Jan 2 1945 -
Apr 4 1945
Apr 4 1945 Apr 25 1946 Sen Capt DELATTRE
Sen Capt NANNAU
1014 Dec 25 1944 Antwerpen Jan 1 1945 -
Apr 2 1945
Apr 19 1945 Aug 14 1946 Sen Capt ALLARD
Sen Capt MAHIEU
1015 Jan 1 1945 Soignies Jan 11 1945 -
Apr 23 1945
Apr 26 1945 Aug 14 1946 Major HUTOIS
1016 Jan 1 1945 Soignies Jan 11 1945 -
Apr 25 1945
May 1 1945 Aug 14 1946 Major VAN CREVELINCK
Sen Capt BEGON
1017 Mar 25 1945 Braine l'Alleud Jun 16 1945 -
Jul 11 1945
Jul 11 1945 May 2 1946 Major BLUMLEIN
1018 Apr 8 1945 Braine l'Alleud Jun 1 1945 -
Aug 1 1945
Aug 1 1945 Aug 30 1945 Sen Capt BODARD
1019 Apr 15 1945 Braine l'Alleud Jun 16 1945 -
Aug 1 1945
Aug 10 1945 Aug 30 1945 Sen Capt DE SCHIETERE DE LOPHEM
1020 Apr 22 1945 Braine l'Alleud Jun 4 1945 -
Aug 28 1945
Aug 25 1945 Jun 10 1946 Major FLORENS
1021 Jan 20 1945 Soignies Feb 26 1945 -
May 18 1945
May 18 1945 Jun 24 1946 Major MARTIN
Sen Capt DONY
Sen Capt GOSSE
Major JOTTRAND
Major MOORS
Sen Capt VAN SCHOOR
1022 Jan 20 1945 Soignies Mar 4 1945 -
May 23 1945
Jul 1 1945 Jun 8 1946 Major HAERDEN
1023 Jan 27 1945 Soignies Mar 11 1945 -
May 31 1945
May 31 1945 May 31 1946 Major WATERLOOS
Sen Capt BODART
Sen Capt GOSSET
1024 Feb 13 1945 Soignies Mar 18 1945 -
May 30 1945
May 30 1945 Apr 4 1946 Sen Capt HAEGEMAN
Sen Capt VAN NYEN
Sen Capt HERION
1025 Feb 18 1945 Soignies Mar 25 1945 -
Jun 15 1945
Jun 15 1945 Jul 1 1946 Major MOULINASSE
1026 Mar 4 1945 Braine l'Alleud Apr 15 1945 -
Jul 26 1945
Jun 26 1945J Mar 9 1946 Sen Capt VAN NYEN
Sen Capt VAN HAEGEN
Major LINEN
Sen Capt LOOBUYCK
1027 Apr 29 1945 Braine l'Alleud Jun 11 1945 -
Aug 31 1945
Sep 13 1945 Jun 7 1946 Sen Capt FREMAUT
1028 May 6 1945 Braine l'Alleud Jul 6 1945 -
Oct 10 1945
Oct 1 1945 May 8 1946 ?
1029 May 20 1945 Braine l'Alleud Jul 6 1945 -
Oct 15 1945
Oct 15 1945 May 5 1946 ?
1030 May 27 1945 Braine l'Alleud Jul 17 1945 -
Oct 1 1945
Oct 1 1945 Jun 10 1946 ?
1031 Jun 3 1945 Braine l'Alleud Jul 17 1945 -
Oct 10 1945
Oct 3 1945 Mar 15 1946 Major MIETTE
Sen Capt BOULVIN
1032 Jun 11 1945 Braine l'Alleud Jul 27 1945 -
Oct 25 1945
Oct 25 1945 Mar 22 1946 Sen Capt COURTOIS
1033 Jun 18 1945 Braine l'Alleud Aug 20 1945 -
Oct 30 1945
Oct 30 1945 Aug 14 1946 ?
1034 Jul 2 1945 Braine l'Alleud Aug 20 1945 -
Nov 20 1945
Nov 20 1945 Jun 21 1946 Major DUBOIS

 

KNOWN FORMATION BADGES

Only 2 Transport Companies are known to have worn a own Formation Badge.

1005th General Transport Company
The first Formation Badge worn by the 1005th General Transport Company
was the Formation Badge of the 30th British Corps.
From June 26 1945 until  October 9 1945 the company was under the operational command
of the 30th Corps District Troops HQ RASC.
They were stationned at Wichtringhausen and Beningsen.
The 1005th General Transport Company was allowed to wear
the Formation Badge of the 30 Corps during this period.

Printed version of the Formation Badge of the 30th Corps as worn by the 1005th General Tranport Company.

 

Private of the 1005th General Transport Company wearing the Formation Badge of the 30th Corps.

 

A second Formation Badge was worn once the company returned under Belgian command.
It was a own creation.
A dark blue bison on a yellow shield with dark blue border.
Exists in left and right.

Formation Badge 1005th General Transport Company

 

1011th General Transport Company.
A blue bird, of unknown species, facing to the right, sitting on a simplified globe, in a yellow circle.
The yellow circle was placed on a red-green shield with black border and a white diagonal bar.

Formation Badge 1011th General Transport Company

 

 

Several companies wore the Formation Badge of the Lines  of Communications troops of the 21st Army Group.

A blue cross on a red shield.

Formation Badge of the L. of C. Troops
of the 21st Army Group

 

 

OTHER BATTLE DRESS INSIGNIA.

Officers wore only  Belgian rank insignia.

NCO's wore as British as well as Belgian Rank Insignia.

Sergeant of a General Transport Company with the Formation Badge
of the L.of C. Troops of the 21st Army Group, and the "Transport strip".

Sergeant Geldof of the 1010 General Transport Company.
Note the Formation Badge of the L.of C. Troops of the 21st Army Group.

On both arms the "Transport strip" was worn : yellow - blue.

The Belgian national colours were worn on the right arm sleeve.

A white "BELGIUM" was worn on the left arm sleeve.

On the shoulder straps a wheel was worn,
mostly with the number of the company (01-34) beneath the wheel.

Metal insignia as well as embroidered insignia were worn.

Left : Insignia worn on shoulder straps by the General Transport Companies.        Right : variants.

 

Metal wheels worn on shoulder straps : men, NCO's, officers.

Soldier of a General Transport Company
He only wears the metal wheels on his shoulders, no company number.

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