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    The Belgian Commandos were created among the Belgian Forces in Great Britain during the War.?

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    Roll I.

    General view of the square St. Anbein in Nemur.

    View of the Commandos.

    Arrival of King Baudouin, greeted by the Minister of Defense.

    The King viewing the troops.

    Lowering of the colours.

    King Baudouin giving berets to new promotions.

    Veteran Commandos giving Green Berets to new promotions.

    Roll II

    Different shots of the review of the troops.


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    Background: The Belgian Commandos were created among the Belgian Forces in Great Britain during the War. They were the first troops to participate in the campaign of 1940-45. The Belgium Government in Great Britain asked for volunteers for a special service of a very dangerous nature. From that moment on, the 4th Belgian troop, the Commandos, will fight at the side of English, French, Dutch, Norwegian, Yougoslav and Polish troops.

    Reunited under one command, these Commandos, who were trained in England by British instructors, took part in the battles for Italy. In 1944, they received their first citation in Italy where they specialized themselves in the boarding of enemy ships. In 1944 they take part in the action in Normandy.

    After the War, the Commandos are definitely quartered in Marche-les-Dames, near Namur, not far from the Rock of the same name, where King Albert found dead while climbing the rock.

    Today, the 2nd Commando Battalion celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Belgian Commandos, in presence of H.M. King Baudouin.

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