THE BELGIAN ENGINEER / PIONEER UNITS
1944 - 1946
agreements between the Belgian Government and SHAEF
was foreseen to raise a number of Engineer/Pioneer units.
4 Army Engineer Battalions, 4 Pioneer Battalions, and several other small enigineer units would be raised.
Most of those units were to be put at the disposal of the 21st Army Group.
1945, Leopoldscanal, Belgium.
The 1st Army Engineer Battalion contructs a Bailey Bridge.
British Corps Standing Instructions
as issued to the 1st Army Engineer Battalion.
Engineer Battalions were a great help to the 21st Army Group in
and vital military infrastructure in the Netherlands and in Occupied Germany.
belgium, August 11 1945.
The 4th Army Engineer Battalion on parade.
Front left : Major DE NYS, Commanding Officer.
Battalions had not such a heavy equipment as the Army Engineer
and were mostly used by the 21st Army Group for road maintenance, guarding of vital infrastructure, etc.
|Hamburg, July 21
The 1st Pioneer Battalion on parade.
Vlatho, September 12 1945.
The 2nd Pioneer Battalion raising of the flag.
, Belgian Coast, 1945.
General ERSKINE inspects the 1st Pioneer Battalion on parade.
, Belgian Coast, 1945.
The 3rd Company of the 1st Pioneer Battalion on parade.
smaller units were also raised, such as Artisan Works Companies,
Army Troop Companies,
Railway Construction Companies, Railway Operating Companies, a Pontoneer Company
and a Electro Mechanic Company.
LIPPEVELDE Emile, 1st Belgian Railway Construction Company.
Died near Tilburg, Netherlands, July 25 1945.
|Men of the 1st Electro Mechanical Company.|
The Pontoneer Company helped the British Naval Authorities in Antwerp with the demining of the river Schelde.
1945, Xanten, Occupied Germany.
1st Army Engineer Battalion exercises with ferrymaterial.
1945, Weeze, Occupied Germany.
Roadworks by the 1st Army Engineer Battalion.
Only the 1st
and 2nd Army Engineer Battalion, and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Pioneer
really took part in wartime operations.
Company of the 1st Belgian Infantry Brigade "Piron" was
the 1st Army Engineer Battalion in December 1944
when the Brigade was reorganised end of November 1944.
Book Private VANDERSTRAETEN Oscar
1st Railway Construction Company
1945, Dülken, Occupied Germany.
Village where the 2 Army Engineer Battalion was billeted.
21st Army Group
|1st Army Engineer Battalion||February 4 1945||Heist||March 18 1945||Renamed
1st Eng Bat / 1st Inf Div
January 10 1946
|2nd Army Engineer Battalion||January 20 1945||Heist||April 29 1945||Renamed
2nd Eng Bat / 2nd Inf Div
June 15 1946
|3rd Army Engineer Battalion||March 12 1945||Heist||June 5 1945||July 17 1946||Major GALLEZ|
|4th Army Engineer Battalion||January 15 1945||Heist||July 17 1945||March 1946||Major DE NYS
|1st Pioneer Battalion||December 17 1944||Hoogboom||January 16 1945||March 311946||Major RENAUT
|2nd Pioneer Battalion||November 23 1944||Hoogboom||December 16 1944||October 1944||Major VAN EERDEWEGH
|3rd Pioneer Battalion||January 15 1945||Hoogboom||March 1945||Transformed into
4th Woodcutters Corps
February 10 1946
|4th Pioneer Battalion||February 14 1945||Hoogboom||March 20 1945||December 31 1945||Major DERIDDER
|1st Artisan Construction Company||March 5 1945||Braine l'Alleud||May 1945||November 30 1945 (?)||Major THONON|
|2nd Artisan Construction Company||March 5 1945||Braine l'Alleud||May 1 1945||January 20 1946||Senior Captain ROSE|
|3rd Artisan Construction Company||March 12 1945||Hoogboom||April 24 1945||January 20 1946||Senior Captain COLING|
|4th Artisan Construction Company||March 12 1945||Hoogboom||April 24 1945||December 21 1945 (?)||Senior Captain DELIÈVRE|
|5th Artisan Construction Company||June 20 1945||Braine l'Alleud||August 18 1945||December 20 1945||Major DOBBELEER|
|6th Artisan Construction Company||June 20 1945||Braine l'Alleud||August 1945||December 31 1945 (?)||Senior Captain BAUWENS|
|1st Army Troop Company||February 5 1945||Braine l'Alleud||March 14 1945||January 19 1946||Senior Captain AUBERTIN|
|2nd Army Troop Company||March 12 1945||Hoogboom||April 22 1945||January 20 1946||Senior Captain RENAUT|
|1st Railway Construction Company||February 3 1945||Mons||May 11 1945||December 12 1945||Senior Captain PATOUX|
|2nd Railway Construction Company||March 19 1945||Erquelinnes||June 1 1945||January 15 1946||Senior Captain
VAN DE WEGHE
|1st Railway Operating Company||February 3 1945||Mons||May 9 1945||
|Senior Captain MASSART|
|2nd Railway Operating Company||March 19 1945||Erquelinnes||April 24 1945||Renamed
2nd Railway Operating Company / Railway Battalion
September 6 1945
VAN DE STEEN
|The Pontoneer Company||October 10 1944||Burcht||
|June 9 1945||Senior Captain
|1st Electro Mechanic Company||February 5 1945||Braine l'Alleud||March 14 1945||December 31 1945 (?)||Senior Captain
FORMATION BADGES AND INSIGNIA
OF THE ENGINEER/PIONEER UNITS