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The Luxemburgers of the Piron Brigade

 

The first Luxemburgers arrive individually in Great-Britain especially after 1942. At this time, the Nazi government proclamed the military service in the Wehrmacht...

Thus many Luxembourgers preferred to join Britain and join the Allied Forces to fight Nazism.

The Luxembourg Government in London would therefore find the most appropriate solution to these volunteers to defend their ideals. Create a "Luxembourg Army" was not an option. This left several possibilities: The Belgian Brigade, Brigade Dutch "Princess Irene", and the 2nd Armored Division of the Free French Forces (Lecler Division). The decision to integrate the Luxembourgers in the Belgian Brigade was selected for several obvious reasons.

It was more, consider the political situation refractory or escaped Wehrmacht conscripts who risked large in case of capture.

In late 1942, after the invasion of North Africa, France allow Luxembourgers committed to the Foreign Legion to join the Grand-Ducal government in London to be incorporated within the Brigade Belgo-Luxembourg. 50% of Luxembourgers soldiers come from the Foreign Legion.

In March 1944, to facilitate the integration, it was decided that Luxembourgers serve in the Artillery Battery to form a national "Troop".

 

 

 

Composition of the Luxemburger Troop within the Field Artillery Battery (August, 8, 1944) :

 

 

Equipe d'Observation :

Lt RAQUET Pierre (Offr Belge)

Commandant de la Batterie

 

L/B BOURG Jean

Radio-opérateur

 

Asp JUTTEL Jean, dit Butz

Assistant d'observation

 

Mdl HERRMANN Edmond

Radio

Pvt LUDWIG Camille

Chauffeur Bren Carrier

 

   

Equipe du Gun Position Officer (GPO) :

Lt DANKAERT Jean (Offr Belge)

GPO

Pvt JEMMING Pierre

Assistant / GPO

Brig STERNBERG Rudy

Chauffeur-opérateur-radio

Pvt NICOLAS Léon

Assistant / GPO

Pvt WEIS Paul

Assistant / GPO

L/B KIRPACH Théo

Radio

Equipe Transmissions :

Mdl CLAUS Jean

Chef Eq Transm

Pvt MEDERNACH Joseph

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Pvt GROEFF Mathias

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L/B SCHWALL René

Radio

Pvt MINDEN Willy

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Pvt GOERGEN Jacques

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Pvt NILLES Joseph

Radio

Pvt LEVY Sylvain

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Pvt PETESCH Arthur

Chauffeur

Pvt FRANCKE Paul

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Pvt FLAMMANG Pierre

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Pvt JENTGEN Pierre

Chauffeur

Pvt KAYSER Robert

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Quatre Pièces :

Asp JACOBY Louis

Troop Leader

Pvt KIRSCH Joseph

Chauffeur-opérateur-Radio

Pvt WEISGERBER Alfred

Chauffeur

1SM KRIER Mathias

Battery Sgt Maj

       

Pièce n° 1 : 25 Pounders "Princesse Elisabeth"

1Mdl DOERFEL Guillaume

Chef de pièce

Pvt WAHL Emile

 

Pvt BOUSCHET Edouard

Chauffeur

L/B BARTHEL Albert Pvt NOTHUMB Eugène Pvt PETRE Pierre

Chauffeur

Pvt KARIER Joseph Pvt BARTHEN Rodolphe    

Pièce n° 2 : 25 Pounders "Princesse Marie-Adélaïde"

1Mdl PUTZ Jean-Pierre

Chef de pièce

Pvt FRISCH Joseph Pvt HARY Emile

Chauffeur (+ le 6/5/1945)

Mdl STEFFEN Nicolas Pvt KLEMMER Edouard Pvt LEYSEN Clément

Chauffeur

L/B DIEDERICH Henri Mdl MEIER Hugues    

Pièce n° 3 : 25 Pounders "Princesse Marie-Gabrielle"

Mdl WAGNER Emile

Chef de pièce

Pvt MICHAUX Benny Pvt SCHMIT Michel

Chauffeur

Pvt MEYER Marcel Pvt SCHMITZ Jean Pvt DUPONT Jean

Chauffeur

Pvt CHAMPAGNE Pierre Pvt HOPP Albert    

Pièce n° 4 : 25 Pounders "Princesse Alix"

Mdl GOEREND Aloyse

Chef de pièce

Pvt DOCKENDORF Paul Pvt NEUMANN Nicolas

Chauffeur

Pvt JACOBY Siggy Pvt RISCHETTE Jean-Pierre Pvt COLLES Marcel

Chauffeur

Pvt JACOBY Aloyse Pvt WANDERSCHEID Michel    

Divers

Pvt GEORGES Roger

Maintenance

Pvt TERRES Félix

Mitrailleur AA

Pvt KREMER Jacques

Cuisinier

Pvt RIES Paul

Maintenance

Pvt WALTY Jean

Ordonnance

Pvt PESCH Marcel

Cuisinier

Asp WINTER Robert

Bureau Tir Gp Aie

Pvt THEISEN Jean-Pierre

Ordonnance

Pvt ADAMY Joseph

Chauffeur Munitions

Pvt DUMONT Roger

Assistant Bureau Tir

Pvt SCHNEIDER Charles

Ordonnance

Pvt SCHROEDER Jean-Pierre

Chauffeur Munitions

Pvt KEIFFER Pierre

Assistant Bureau Tir

Pvt PLETSCHETTE Nicolas

Ordonnance

Pvt SCHAFFNER François

Transport munitions

Pvt BERMANN René

Chauffeur Lt Col DERIDDER

Pvt MULLER Jean

Armurier

Pvt PETESCH Edouard

Détaché momentanément

Pvt LEMMER Henri

Chauffeur

Pvt BACKES Mathias

Cuisinier

Pvt SCHROEDER Batty

Détaché momentanément

Pvt DEBOUCHE Robert

Mitrailleur AA

       

Volontaires Luxembourgeois qui ont rejoint la Brigade en septembre 1944

- Au sein de la Troop Luxembourgeoise de la Batterie d'Artillerie :

ALTMANN Pierre GUILLAUME Jean-Pierre SCHAULS René
ALTZINGER René JUNGBLUT Guillaume SCHILTZ Emile
BASSANI Joseph KAAS Léon SCHLEICH Jean-Robert
BASTIAN Paul KRIER Joseph SCHORTGEN Jean-Pierre
BEMTGEN Roger MANGEN Joseph SIMON Roger
BERNS Alphonse NITTLER Joseph STEFFEN René
BRACHMOND Camille PAQUET Léon STORTI Louis
DALEIDEN Robert PEPIN Edmond THEIS Roger
DIENHARDT Ferdinand PERL Pierre WASSENICH Victor
FRISCH Roger POOS Albert WEBER Jean
FUSSHOELLER Victor ROSENFELD Paul WILTZ Guillaume
GIRSCH Joseph SADLER Albert    

- En service au sein de la 3ème Unité Motorisée (Scout Section):

BESCH Marcel SCHAMMEL Jean THOSS Léon
EVELING Jim SCHENTEN Charles WEISS Camille
GEORGES Charles SCHWEBACH Jean-Pierre WEYRICH Charles
MOSTERT Nicolas STEFFEN Edgard    

April 1944. Lydd

 

Soccer team "1st Luxembourg Team"

 

May 1944 - Fritton Camp

 

May 1944. Manoeuvres near Cambridge.

 

May 1944. Manoeuvres near Cambridge.

 

Normandy - August 1944

 

1st of september 1944, crossing the Seine

 

September, 4, 1944 - Libération of Brussels

 

September, 4, 1944 - Libération of Brussels

 

September, 4, 1944 - Libération of Brussels (Pvtt NICOLAS)

 

 
September, 4, 1944 - Libération of Brussels (Pvt Jean DUPONT)

 

 
Sep, 20, 1944. NEERITER - Col Piron, Prins Félix of Luxembourg, Maj Van Oost and Major Poncelet

 

 October 1944. 1st Campaign of Holland

 

 October 1944. 1st Campaign of Holland

 

April 1945. 2nd Campaign of Holland

 

June, 28, 1945 . On the "Glacis" at Luxembourg, Luxemburgers of the First Belgian Brigade receive honnors from the Nation.

Jean Bourg est décoré de la Croix de Guerre Jean BOURG is decorated of the War Cross by Great Duchess Charlotte

I thank especially Romain DUPONT, son of Jean DUPONT, enlisted in the Piron Brigade under the Number GB-3721, for sending me parts of the photographies.