THE FUSELIER BATTALIONS
after the Liberation of Belgium, the Belgian Government started
the recruitment of volunteers for raising 6 battalions.
Numbers 1-3 of Flemish speaking origin, numbers 4-6 of French speaking origin.
a shortened training, and by half December 1944
they were put under operational command of the Allied High Command.
The 5th and
the 6th Fuselier Battalion were immediately used for front duty,
and participated in the Battle of the Bulge.
War in Europe seemed to last longer then originally foreseen, the
Allied High Command
asked the Belgian Government to raise a greater number of Fuselier Battalions.
accomodation and other logistical problems, the Belgian
in raising 62 battalions, from which 39 before the end of hostilities in Europe.
Guard duty in the 2022 POW Camp at Overrijsse, Belgium.
performed guard duties, patrols in the rear combat zone,
they took up defensive positions, they cleared towns and countryside,
they were used for Nazi hunting operations, and several battalions even took part in offensive operations.
One of the battalions even crossed the Rhine on the third day of the Remagen bridgehead.
On May 8th
1945 the Belgian Fuselier Battalions were located in Belgium, the
Germany, and Czechoslovakia where they liberated the town of Pilsen.
Fuselier Battalions were practically all assigned to
the 21st Army Group and the 12th US Army Group.