(above) Belgium Remembers and Honors the U.S. Armies of Liberation
1944-1945 by Lt Col Antoine de Baene
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H. J. Saunders - US Military Insignias
General Gavin greets the Belgian Defense Minister upon his arrival.
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.
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.
Military Decoration Second Class (article 4)
Military Cross Second Class.
Silver palm of Knights and Military Decorations
(military exploits) ;
(bottom) Croix de Guerre 1940 with palm
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."
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