Belgium artillery troops - Piron brigade - Normandy 1944

Belgium artillery troops – Piron brigade – Normandy 1944

Belgium artillery troops – Piron brigade

Battle order – August 1944 – Battle of Normandy

Troop A

Observation team
Commander: capitaine Florent Ledent
Assistant: Jean de Prins
Radio operator: Georges Volland
Radio operator: Roger Holmens
Mechanic-driver: Frank Ramaut

Beaconing team
Commander: lieutenant René Maréchal
Assistant: Raymond Dirix
Assistant: André Branders
Assistant: Jean Cudell
Mechanic-driver: Emile Leclercq
Radio operator: Alphonse-Joseph Van Loey
Radio operator: Karel de Vlaminck

Signal team
Brigadier Oscar Janssens
Léopold Charlier
François Durand
Joseph Frederick
Robert Georgery (nicknamed Jacques Dumaret)
David Isboutski
Marcel Landau (also a motorcyclist)
Jules Michotte
Gaston Toton
Driver: Arthur Lalot
Driver: Max Gerday

Gun battery
Commander: Jean Juttel puis Raymond Hirsche
Assistant: 1er chef Félix Weerts
Mechanic-driver: Augustin Bollaert
Gunner: Alphonse-Joseph Van Loey
Gunner: Paul Van Caillie
Artillery adjuster: Victor Pirau

First gun
Commander: maréchal-des-logis Albert Duchesne
Gun-aimer: brigadier Léon Devos
Marcel Davin
Mechanic-driver: Robert Deforeit
Gun crew: Gérard Debraz
Gun crew: François Deckers
Driver: Petrus Desmet
Gun crew: Xavier Matz

Second gun
Commander : maréchal-des-logis Paul Halen
Gun-aimer: Augustin Wery
Gun crew: Percival Hubrouck
Mechanic-driver: Frans Jacobs
Gun crew: Raymond Goetghebeur
Gun crew: Petrus Cornelis
Driver: brigadier François Boon
Gun crew: brigadier Raymond Tielemans

Third gun
Commander: maréchal-des-logis Marc Eckstein
Gun-aimer: maréchal-des-logis Gustave Deblock
Gun crew: Frans Van Hoecke
Mechanic-driver: Lucien Lans
Gun crew: Maurice Goes
Gun crew: Frans Welters
Gun crew: Joseph Meert

Fourth gun
Commander: 1er maréchal-des-logis Fernand Dubois
Maréchal-des-logis Marcel Perpete
Gun-aimer: Paul Fassin
Gun crew: François Quairiat
Gun crew: brigadier Henri Drochmans
Gun crew: Victor Quairiat
Driver: François de Deckker
Gun crew: maréchal-des-logis Joseph Debry

 

Troop B

Observation team
Commander: capitaine Maurice Simonet
Assistant: Robert Misonne
Radio operator: brigadier Joseph Lejeune
Radio operator: Raymond Luyens
Mechanic-driver: Robert Clerbaut

Beaconing team
Commander: lieutenant Raoul Derenne
Assistant: Victor Boute
Assistant: Roger Hintjens
Radio operator: Marcel Boudin
Radio operator: Maxime Buset
Radio operator: Henri Caprasse

Signal team
Maréchal-des-logis Hubert Van Roelen
Brigadier Charles Delnaye
Amédée Jacobs
Frans Loumaye
Roger Motte
Paul Pinkous
Michel Van de Vijver
Driver: René Roels
Driver: Pierre Van Dam

Gun battery
Commander: Pierre Gaye
Assistant: 1er chef Désiré Brosse
Driver: Jan Gheyssels
Driver: Pierre Gerard
Mechanic-driver: Médard Henri
Artillery adjuster: Mathieu Franssen
Mechanic: Josephus Wijckmans

First gun
Commander: 1er maréchal-des-logis Albert Minguet
Gun-aimer: Mathieu Trillet
Gun crew: brigadier Pierre Claes
Mechanic-driver: Robert Deforeit
Gun crew: Albert Van Londerzeele
Gun crew: Ludovicus Debie
Driver: Roméo Bonje
Driver : Frans de Hondt
Gun crew: Raymond Goossens

Second gun
Commander: maréchal-des-logis Camille Fasbinder then maréchal-des-logis Pie
Gun-aimer: Gérard Gryson
Mechanic-driver: Jules Clerinx
Camille  Detroch
Victor Ferier
Albert Tratsaert
Gun crew: Alphonse Vermeiren
Driver: Florent Hardy

Third gun
Commander: 1er maréchal-des-logis Henri de Hertogh
Gun crew: brigadier Georges Verwaerde
Mechanic-driver: Willy Laforce
Gun crew: Gilbert Dumont
Gun crew: Paul Verdiere
Driver: Robert Declerck
Driver: Albert Landries
Gun crew: Paul Votion

Fourth gun
Commander: maréchal-des-logis Karel de Troyer
Gun-aimer: Theo Deley
Gun crew: Michel Meyssen
Gun crew: Jean Mastyn
Gun crew: Gilbert de Wolf
Gun crew: Albert Rau
Mechanic-driver: Joseph Lernons
Gun crew: maréchal-des-logis August Van Wolputte
Gun crew: Léon de Vijver

 

Troop C

Observation team
Commander: lieutenant Pierre Raquet
Assistant: Léon Nicolas puis Juttel
Radio operator: maréchal-des-logis Edmond Hermann
Radio operator: Jean Bourg
Mechanic-driver: Camille Ludwig

Beaconing team
Commander: lieutenant Jean Danckaert
Assistant: Pierre Jemming
Assistant: Jean-Paul Weis
Driver: Rudy Sternberg
Radio operator: Theo Kirpach

Signal team
Maréchal-des-logis Jean Claus
Joseph Nilles
Pierre Flammang
Paul Franke
Jacques Goergen
Mathias Groeff
Robert Kayser
Joseph Medernach
Guillaume Minden
Arthur Petesch
Driver: René Schwall
Driver: Pierre Jentgen
Driver: Sylvain Levy

Gun battery
Commander: Louis Jacoby
Assistant: 1er chef Mathias Krier
Mechanic-driver: Victor Ries
Driver: Joseph Kirsch
Driver: Alfred Weisgerber
Artillery adjuster: brigadier Jean Muller
Vehicle adjuster: Roger Georges (nicknamed Lalet)

First gun
Commander: maréchal-des-logis Guillaume Doerfel
Gun-aimer: Albert Barthel
Gun crew: Joseph Karrier (nicknamed Calteux)
Gun crew: Rodolphe Barthen (nicknamed Duvit)
Gun crew: Emile Wahl (nicknamed Detrooz)
Driver: Bouche (nicknamed Aubry)
Driver: Pierre Petre
Gun crew: Eugène Nothumb (nicknamed Duren)

Second gun
Commander: maréchal-des-logis Jean-Pierre Putz
Gun-aimer: maréchal-des-logis Nicolas Steffen
Gun crew: Marcel Diederich (nicknamed Dupont)
Mechanic-driver: Emile Hary
Gun crew: maréchal-des-logis Hugo Meier
Gun crew: Joseph Frisch (nicknamed Lenoir)
Driver: Clément Leysen (nicknamed Moulin)
Gun crew: Julien Klemmer (nicknamed Roskt)

Third gun
Commander: maréchal-des-logis Daniel Wagner
Gun-aimer: Nicolas Meyer (nicknamed Maillet)
Gun crew: Pierre Champagne (nicknamed Parmentier)
Mechanic-driver: Michel Schmit (nicknamed Servais)
Gun crew: brigadier Albert Hopp
Gun crew: Bernard Michaux (nicknamed Braine)
Driver: Henri Dupont
Gun crew: Jean Schmitz

Fourth gun
Commander: maréchal-des-logis Aloïse Gokrend
Gun-aimer: Siegfried Jakob
Gun crew: Arthur Jacoby (nicknamed Gérard)
Mechanic-driver: René Colles (nicknamed Verdun)
Gun crew: brigadier Henri Drochmans
Gun crew: Roger Dockendorf (nicknamed Monod)
Driver: Nicolas Neumann (nicknamed Michot)
Gun crew: Michel Wandersheid (nicknamed Casel)

 

 

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