"CIVIL AFFAIRS" MISSION
The "Civil Affairs" Mission was raised by Belgian law-decree of February 3 1944.
Belgian active officers, reserve officers, and civilians receiving a temporaily commission as an officer, were recruited.
Instruction was given on military and civilian organisation in Belgium.
United Kingdom, June 1944.
foreseen that, for military security, rear combat zones and
would stay under military rule as long as necessary.
The main task
of those "Civilian Affairs" officers was to act as a
liaison between the Belgian Government,
the Allied Military High Command, and the local Belgian Authorities, once Belgium would be freed.
Their task would end once the "military period" of an area would be over.
liberated on September 4 1944, and already a few days later
the first "Civil Affairs" officers arrived in liberated Belgium.
of SHAEF HQ authorising the arrival of some of
Belgium was officially declared "liberated" in February 1945, after the battle of the Bulge.
Soon after, most of the "Civil Affairs" officers ended their task
continued to act as a liaison between the Allied Authorities and
the Belgian Government,
but after the capitulation of Nazi Germany, the "Civil Affairs" Mission was disbanded.
Several "Civil Affairs" officers were integrated into the Belgian Military Mission and the Belgian Mission for Repatriation.
All "Civil Affairs" officers wore the Battle-Dress.
On the left arm they wore the "BELGIUM" title, dark red capital letters on a khaki background.
Belgian National Colours
"BELGIUM" arm title
On the right
arm they wore the "CIVIL AFFAIRS" title, dark red
letters on a khaki background,
and the Belgian national colours.
|"CIVIL AFFAIRS" arm title|