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Belgian Army in the United Kingdom

Article about: Hi, I'm pretty sure the Belgiums & even the Dutch used WW2 British helmets after the war, & if marked with the national flag how could you know if it was done WW2 or post war? The 4

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    Hi,
    I'm pretty sure the Belgiums & even the Dutch used WW2 British helmets after the war, & if marked with the national flag how could you know if it was done WW2 or post war?
    The 4 next to HBH is probably the steel batch number, at present we don't know what maker FH is. The II stands for a mark 2 liner.
    Happy christmas to you all.
    Aaron

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    Thx Aaron.
    I thought the II stands for a mk2, but I wans't sure.

    I don't know how you can figure out if a flag is painted on the helmet during ww2 or after. But maybe we should first ask the question '"Did Belgian troops in the UK painted a flag on their helmets?". At this moment I haven't found an original picture from Belgian soldiers in the UK with a flag on their helmets yet. Maby someone else did?
    So for now I think that all Belgian flags are painted on the helmet after the war.

    Vinc.

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    No, the belgians in the UK did paint flags on their helmets. There are numerous pictures to support this, although not necissarily of the Brigade Piron. In fact I have yet to see a picture of a belgian wearing a helmet that doesn't have a flag on its right hand side. The Fusileer bns. (1944-45) did this particually but on the whole they recieved MkIII/IV helmets. There may have been decals used on MKIV helmets just after the war, but certainly not during it.

    I.E. Halfway down this page: be4046.eu/BE_UKIntro.htm

    Further, every helmet (reputedly of the belgians) in either the museum of military history in Brussels or MNHM (diekirch, Luxembourg) are without the PAINTED flag.

    Thanks

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    Oh VC89

    I don't think your helmet is wartime owing to the p/w chinstrap although it might have been refurbished after the war. I am not sure though...

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    It is quite possible that my helmet is British helmet reissued by the belgian army after ww2 but I don't think you can say it for sure just by the chinstrap. As you (Brigade Piron) said it could also been refurbished after the war.
    As an other Example: I have an British Mk. V helmet with a Mk. III chinstrap.

    The only thing I'm sure off is that the Belgian army used it before 1949.

    Thanks for the link to the picture. If I remember well I checked the site www.brigade-piron.be** 1st Belgian Group but couldn't find any flag on the helmets.

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    See my link above.

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    Just found thise picture of a Belgian soldier in the Uk army on a car boot sale; I was just wundering what the horizontal bar on the sleeves means? (It seems to be black and red..)
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    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

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    Hi,
    It's his arm of service stripe, don't know what black & red stands for, but if it's blue/red then it's royal engineers.
    Aaron

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    Thanks.
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    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

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    Yes, it should be the same as the British ones...

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