The Belgium-Luxembourg Battalion in Korea

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    The Belgium-Luxembourg Battalion in Korea

    Post by Mr-X on Fri Mar 06, 2009 3:10 am

    It was the decision of the Belgian government to send only volunteers to Korea in the form of an Infantry Battalion.

    Initially there were 2,000 volunteers of which 700 were held back. The Battalion comprised of 3 infantry companies (2 French and 1 Dutch speaking), a heavy weapons company and a Luxemburg platoon.

    Departure from Belgium with the troop barge Kamina on 18 December 1950. The battalion was at sea for 44 days.

    The battalion arrived at Pusan on 31 January 1951. After it received winter equipment at tent camp TONGNAE-DONG, it took part in the UN offensive south of the 38th parallel as part of the US 15th Infantry Regiment.

    Members of the Battalion served a 1 year tour of duty and were rotated home.

    The Belgium-Luxemburg Battalion was attached to the US 3rd Infantry Division.

    Cassualty figures:

    Belgian

    KIA 101
    WIA 336
    MIA 5

    Total serving 3,498

    Luxemburg

    KIA 2
    WIA 13

    Total serving 89


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    Post by Mr-X on Fri Mar 06, 2009 3:44 am

    Sleeve patch.

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    Post by Mr-X on Fri Mar 06, 2009 3:46 am

    A 1953 dated photograph of a soldier from the Luxembourg platoon showing the arm badge and Luxembourg shoulder title.



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    Post by Mr-X on Fri Mar 06, 2009 3:48 am

    A Belgian uniform from the Korean National War Memorial.

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    Re: The Belgium-Luxembourg Battalion in Korea

    Post by Brigade Piron on Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:48 am

    The Belgian-Luxembourg contingent is fascinating! It's just a shame there isn't much info on them generally.

    The National Museum of Korea strikes again... I can see about 10 things wrong with their depictions Evil or Very Mad !

    If anyone has any pics or anything from the contingent to show (or for sale) please drop me a PM!

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    Post by CollectinSteve on Sun Jan 29, 2012 2:04 pm

    I like the camouflage jacket that was first manufactured 3 years after the war ended Very Happy

    Thanks for the post. Good stuff.

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    Re: The Belgium-Luxembourg Battalion in Korea

    Post by Brigade Piron on Mon Jan 30, 2012 4:26 pm

    Huh... if only the jacket were the worst of it Evil or Very Mad

    Since when did the Luxembourgers wear black berets in Korea? The battledress is wrong (late production model) as are the trousers, and what's up with that beret?!

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    Re: The Belgium-Luxembourg Battalion in Korea

    Post by Snug on Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:10 am

    Great Thread!

    Do you know how many sleeve patches we're produced?
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    Post by flashesandovals on Thu Jul 03, 2014 5:44 pm

    Snug wrote:Great Thread!

    Do you know how many sleeve patches we're produced?

    Thousands!

    They came up for sale in bundles in the early 90's.
    The same design is still being worn by my old unit, 3 Para who inherited the Belgian Korean Battalion's Lineage and traditions.
    They also wear the same beret badge, but on an Airborne maroon beret.

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