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............. Gen Anthony McAuliffe's reply to the German Commander
........ requesting the surrender of Bastogne    -    December 22,1944

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Belgium Remembers and Honors the U.S. Armies of Liberation (above) Belgium Remembers and Honors the U.S. Armies of Liberation 1944-1945 by Lt Col Antoine de Baene










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United States Army-Ribbon Appurtenances

H. J. Saunders - US Military Insignias









Brig General Ira P Swift,assistant Commanding General, decorating Pvt Leonard Opper of the 504th PIR with the DSC General Gavin greets the Belgian Defense Minister upon his arrival.








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(Picture: right)   The Belgian Minister of National Defense (left) accompanied by General James M. Gavin (center) on their way to the presentation of the Belgian Fourragère 1940 by royal order to the 82nd Airborne.







 
Belgian Fourrage The Fourragère 1940 was a special badge/shoulder braid created  on 26 March, 1945 by Decree Nº 300 of Charles, Prince of Belgium, Regent of the Kingdom to honor the bravery which certain units of the Army exhibited during WW II. It is braided in the colors of the ribbon of the "Croix de Guerre 1940" and composed of a round cordon, partially braided, consisting of three cords terminated by a knot and a metal tag. The cord is of wool with cotton middle for non-commissioned officers and troops, silk for officers.


The Fourragère 1940 is worn encircling the left shoulder(on the coat, greatcoat, jacket or vest, according to the case), and passes under the armpit. It is not worn on a rain-coat or fur-jacket. Holders of The Fourragère 1940 may, when in civilian clothes, wear a miniature of this decoration in their buttonhole.

 



 

Left(top)  Military Decoration Second Class (article 4)  (bottom)  Military Cross Second Class.

Center: (top)  Silver palm of Knights and Military Decorations  (military exploits) ;  (bottom) Croix de Guerre 1940 with palm  (bronze).

Right: (top)  Military Decoration First Class (article 4) ;  (bottom) Military Cross First Class.

(The above pictures & descriptions of Belgian decorations are the courtesy of George Picavet)



 



 
Presentation of colors (above) in the ceremony at Templehoff Airdrome in Berlin when the 82nd was awarded the "Belgian The Fourragère 1940."


 
books
R E L A T E D   B O O K S

Alexander, Larry Biggest Brother: The Life of Major Dick Winters, The Man Who Led the Band of Brothers NAL Hardback (April 2005), 320 p. ISBN: 0451215109
Ambrose, Stephen E Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest. Simon & Schuster, (June 2001) 336 p. ISBN: 0-743-21638-5
Ambrose, Stephen E Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany, June 7, 1944-May 7, 1945. Simon & Schuster, (Nov 1997) 528 p. ISBN: 0-684-81525-7
Archer, Clark Paratroopers Odyssey : A History of the 517th Parachute Combat Team. 266p., 1985, ISBN: 0961601507
Astor, Gerald 'Battling Buzzards': The Odyssey of the 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team 1943-1945. 338p., 7/93, Donald I Fine Pub, ISBN: 0440236932
Astor, Gerald  A Blood-Dimmed Tide: The Battle of the Bulge by the Men Who Fought It. Mass Market Paperback, 1994 ISBN: 0440215749
Bando, Mark A  Avenging Eagles: Forbidden tales of the 101st Airborne in World War 2. Bando Publishing, (2006) 183 p. ISBN: 0977911705
Bando, Mark A  101st Airborne: The Screaming Eagles at Normandy. Zenith Press, (Apr 2001) 156 p. ISBN: 0760308551
Bando, Mark A  Vanguard of the Crusade: The US 101st Airborne Division in WW II. The Aberjona Press, (June 2003) 320 p. ISBN: 0971765006
Black, Wallace B.& Blashfield, Jean F. Battle of the Bulge (World War II 50th Anniversary Series). Crestwood House, 48 pp May,1993 ISBN: 0896865681
Bowen, Robert Fighting With the Screaming Eagles: With the 101st Airborne from Normandy to Bastogne. Greenhill Books/Lionel Leventhal, (Sept 2001) 256 p. ISBN: 1853674656
Breuer, William B Geronimo! American Paratroopers in WWII. New York: St. Martin Press, 1989 621 p. ISBN: 0-312-03350-8
Broumley, Jim T The Boldest Plan is the Best: The Combat History of the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion during WWII. Rocky Marsh Publishing,(Aug 29 2011) 336 p. ISBN: 0983963215
Burriss, T Moffatt  Strike and Hold: A Memoir of the 82nd Airborne in WW II Brasseys, Inc, 256 pp August,2000 ISBN: 1574882589
Carter, Ross S  Those Devils in Baggy Pants  Buccaneer Books, Reprint,1996 ISBN: 0899666132
D'Este, Carlo  Patton: A Genius for War 1024 pp ISBN: 0060927623
Gavin, James M.  On to Berlin : Battles of an Airborne Commander, 1943-1946 ISBN: 0670525170
Keegan, John The Second World War Penguin (P), 708 p. ISBN: 014011341X
Kershaw, Alex The Longest Winter: The Battle of the Bulge and the Epic Story of WWII's Most Decorated Platoon Da Capo Press, 288 pp November 30, 2004 ISBN: 0306813041
MacDonald, Charles B  A Time For Trumpets: The Untold Story of the Battle of the Bulge Wm Morrow & Co (P), 720 p. ISBN: 068151574
O'Donnell, Patrick K. Beyond Valor  Free Press, 2001, 384 p. ISBN: 0684873842
Verier, Mike  82nd Airborne Division in Colour Photographs  (Europa Militaria, No 9) ISBN: 187 200 4857
Wildman, John B All Americans 82nd Airborne. Meadowlands Militaria, 6/83 ISBN:091 208 1007

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