Exhibition Operation North Sea 1944 - '45
Did you know that, during World War II, Belgium didn’t actually have an army anymore?
In 1940, the King capitulated with the result that also the army was officially disbanded.
But plenty of soldiers and volunteers were willing to fight for freedom from England. In England, the Belgian government concluded an agreement with the British government. Under this agreement, the British army was to incorporate a number of Belgian ‘sections’. Thus, the Royal Navy acquired a ‘Section Belge’. Also the Royal Air Force (RAF) acquired a Belgian section with pilots who had been flown to England via France, Morocco and Portugal in 1940. During the war, elite troops were trained as commandos in Scotland and young fishermen received combat training in the north-east of England. Most of these sections also took part in the Battle of the Scheldt.