Organisation Militaire Belge de Résistance

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Belgian Military Organisation of Resistance
OMBR
Organisation Militaire Belge de Résistance
Participant in the Second World War
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Active 1940-1944
Strength 3,112 personnel
Opponents Nazi Germany German Occupying Forces

The Belgian Military Organisation of Resistance (French: Organisation Militaire Belge de Résistance) or OMBR was an organization of the Belgian resistance to the Nazi occupation during the Second World War. It remained a reasonably small organization throughout the war, comprising a total of 3,112 men and women.[1]

The acronym of the group was deliberately chosen as a homophone of the French word "Ombre" meaning "Shadow".

History[edit]

Founded in 1940, the group only adopted the acronym OMBR in July 1942.[2] The group's motto was "Better to die than to betray"[note 1] and its vow "I swear to be faithful to the country, to observe the laws and constitution of the Belgian people, to obey my superiors and never to betray."[3]

Notable members[edit]

  • Herman Bodson - Belgian mineralogist, later author of a number of books about the Belgian resistance.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ « Mieux vaut mourir que trahir »

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Souvenir et Memoire" (PDF). www.bel-memorial.org. p. 2. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Le livre d'or de la Résistance belge, publié par le Ministère de la Défense nationale, Les éditions Leclercq, Bruxelles, 1949, p.144
  3. ^ Le livre d'or de la Résistance belge, publié par le Ministère de la Défense nationale, Les éditions Leclercq, Bruxelles, 1949, p.147