Fusilier Battalions (Belgium)

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Fusilier Battalions
1-39, 45-62[1]
11e Bn Fusiliers.jpg
Insignia of the 11th Fusilier Battalion
Active October 1944 – June 1945
Country  Belgium
Type Infantry
Battle honours Liberation of the Netherlands
Battle of the Bulge
Liberation of Czechoslovakia
Disbanded Integrated into the Belgian Army

After the liberation of Belgium in 1944, large numbers of Fusilier Battalions (French: Bataillons de fusiliers) were mobilized for the Allied cause. In total, 57 separate battalions were mobilized between October 1944 and June 1945.[1] About 20 of them saw active service during the final year of the war.[1] From December 1944, the remaining fusilier battalions were formed into 16 "Fusilier Brigades".


The 1st and 3rd Battalions served in the Netherlands, the 4th Battalion was at the Rhine, while 5th fought during the Battle of the Bulge, the 6th at Remagen and the 7th at Plzeň in Czechoslovakia.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Thomas, Nigel (1991). Foreign Volunteers of the Allied Forces: 1939-45. London: Osprey. p. 16. ISBN 9781855321366. 


  • Champion, Lucien. Les volontaires de la Libération, la chronique des 53,000. Brussels: J.-M. Collet.