THE BELGIAN WAR CORRESPONDENTS
Very few information is available on the Belgian war correspondents.
|War Correspondent at work.|
Some war correspondents were accredited to the Belgian Armed Forces in
the United Kingdom 1940-1944
but little is known about their statute.
Press possibilities were restricted, and only some Belgian
magazines and newspapers existed,
few Belgian war correspondents are known to have been accredited.
Once Belgium was liberated, September 1944, an "explosion" of Belgian newspapers and magazines occured.
journalists applied for the "job" of war correspondent, so it became necessary for the Ministry of Defence
to issue some regulations concerning the statute of war correspondents.
On December 6
1945 a internal memorandum of the Ministry of Defence tried
to solve this "twilight zone" problem.
organisation could accredit a war correspondent
to the Ministry of Defence or to the Allied High Command,
all costs concerning the war correspondent at their charge.
was given to reserve officers, but if this was not possible,
the war correspondent was to be assimilated
to Field Officer for the duration of his accreditment.
Belgian War Correspondent taking a rest.
correspondents were to be attached to
the Propaganda Service - Press Section - of the Ministry of Defence.
It was only
on April 10 1946 that the statute of the war correspondent was officialised
by a memorandum of the Ministry of Defence, nr F/7450-1757.
In practice it was almost an exact copy of the internal memorandum of December 6 1945.
BADGES AND INSIGNIA
SHOULDER STRAP 1940-1945
During the UK-period,
the war correspondents wore the shoulder strap slip-over
of the Allied War Correspondents,
i.e. the text "ALLIED WAR CORRESPONDENT" gold embroidered on a green background.
This was worn on both shoulder straps.
WAR CORRESPONDENT" shoulder strap slip-over.
3 War Correspondents with the specific slip-overs on their shouder straps.
The Belgian War Correspondents also wore the metal badge on the shoulder straps.
Metal badge worn on the shoulder straps.
The Belgian lion was worn on a circular leather background, on the field cap or béret.
On the left upper sleeve the curved "BELGIUM" arm title was worn, red lettering on a khaki background.
On the right upper arm sleeve the Belgian National Colours were worn.
Belgian ramping Lion.
Belgian National Colours.
"BELGIUM" Arm Title as worn in 1945.
Some Allied Headquarters allowed the War Correspondent to wear the Formation Badge
of the HQ
to which they were attached.
COLLAR BADGE 1945 - 1946
In 1945 some new badges were introduced.
On the collars the specific badge of the Belgian war correspondents was to be worn.
Crossed sword and feather, white embroidered, or gold coloured metal.
Colar Badge of the Belgian War Coorespondent, left and right, embroidered version.
Hubert, Belgian War Correspondent in 1945.
SHOULDER STRAP 1945 - 1946
strap slip-overs would be dark green with the white embroidered
"BELGIAN WAR CORRESPONDENT" for the battle-dress,
and the gold embroidered same text for the service-dress.
WAR CORRESONDENT" shoulder strap slip-over.
All other insignia remained the same.