THE
VOLUNTARY ARMY WELFARE SERVICES

1945 - ?

 

 

SHORT HISTORY

 

The Voluntary Army Welfare Services were raised in 1945, exact date unknown.

It was an organism of the Belgian Red Cross, and was attached to the 21st Army Group.

They worked together with the British Army Welfare Services.

Gift Shop of the Brussels "Rest Camp".

Several "Rest Camps" were opened.

Each Rest Camp had a Gift Shop and an Information Office,
 where the military could buy tickets for all kind of cultural activities, such as theatre, concerts, etc. .

A VAWS officer playing the piano.

The Social Service provided contacts with civilian families
where the military had the opportunity "to feel a little bit at home".

Several "Rest Rooms" were also foreseen where the military could read a book, or listen to music.

All staff were women.

I found no record concerning the date of disbandment.

Commanding Officer
baroness ROLIN

Commanding Officer baroness ROLIN on the left.

 

 

BADGES AND INSIGNIA

 

Beret Badge

On the dark blue beret the women wore their own badge.

A red cross with the red capital letters "VAWS" in front, the whole on a circular white background.

Above the whole, "BELGIAN" in red capital letters.

Beret Badge of the VAWS personnel.

Beret Badge with smaller white background.

VAN DENBRANDEN Simonne of the VAWS.
Watch the beret badge and the" BELGIUM" arm title.

 

Arm titles.

On the left sleeve a "BELGIUM" arm title, consisting of red capital letters on a khaki background.

BELGIUM arm title

On the right sleeve a "VOLUNTARY ARMY WELFARE SERVICES" arm title,
consisting of red capital letters on a khaki background, with a dark blue border.

VAWS arm title.

 

All women wore a dark blue uniform

Belgian Red Cross rank insignia were worn.

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