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The Piron Brigade

Testimonies and tributes

This page is reserved to the men of the Brigade and their family who wish to tell the history such as they lived it like all documents or photographs that they would wish to see appearing on this website.

I thank all people for the help to develop this Memorial work. Especially Didier Dufrane for sending numerous articles.

193 testimonies on Nov, 3, 2017

FIRST BELGIAN GROUP (1944)
Unit
Name
Autor
Staff
   
PIRON Jean-Baptiste
Administrator
HOUBION Georges
Georgette Houbion, his granddaughter
CLAUWAERT Albert
Franck Clauwaert, his son
JEURISSEN François
Sandrine Roldao, his granddaughter
BRENDERS Léonard
Walter Brenders, his son
DIDISHEIM René
Article by Guy Weber
DE WAELE Joseph
By John Verhagen
VAN GRIEKEN Jan Baptiste
Photo's of his grandson Jan Borms
DENIS Edgard
By Didier Dufrane
MARLAND René
By Didier Dufrane
CRUCIFIX Pierre
Par Didier Dufrane
LAUREYS Hector
Par Didier Dufrane
     
1st Motorized Company
Staff
TREUTTENS Albert
Christopher et Gail Treuttens, his children
DUMONT Jean
Micheline Koch-Dumont, his daughter
HEIRMAN Petrus
John Verhagen
VAN LAETHEM Victor
Didier Dufrane
1st Platoon
DESTREBECQ Roger
Testimony of Claude Bloch (Platoon Commander)
WANTY Jacques
His injury during a patrol in Normandy
VEREECKEN Raymond
Kris Michiels and Didier Dufrane
STEVENS Guy
Didier Dufrane
BLOCH Claude
Didier Dufrane
2nd Platoon
KINNA Charles
Didier Dufrane
3rd Platoon
JACOBS Georges
Didier Dufrane
PRIEMEN Charles
Didier Dufrane
4th Platoon
LUYCKX Marcel
Jacques Luyckx, his son
KEIL Emil
Cynthia Pekars, his daughter
MAITREJEAN Jean
Article Bde Piron Magazine 2006
MARTIN Carlos
3 Testimonies
SAELENS Armand
Santfort, 3/10/44
ROUCHE Simon
Article by Roger Destrebecq
LOYENS Pierre
Didier Dufrane
ACKERMAN Désiré
Didier Dufrane
5th Platoon
DIVRY André
André Divry
VANDERBRUGGE Victor
Didier Dufrane
DEFAWE Joseph
Didier Dufrane
ROMANUS Willem
Willy Dekeyser
     
2nd Motorized Company
Staff
FALKENAU René
Guy Falkenau, his son
CHARLIER André
History of the Polar Bear badge wearing by the Belgians
PINKOUS Benjamin
Extracts by Didier Dufrane
EVRARD Pol (Lt Med)
Niewspaper Bde Piron n°19 - 1954
 
TEGELBECKERS Joseph
Didier Dufrane
1st Platoon
CREVECOEUR Pierre
Jean-Pierre Crevecoeur, his son
DEVIS Lucien
Lucien Devis
DOCQUIER Arsène
Paul Docquier, his son
WILLEMS Alfons and VERRIJDT Gustaaf
Testimony by Logé Hendrik (1977)
GENIS Roger
Testimony of Guy Weber and Cdt Weuts (1977)
DELHALLE André
Didier Dufrane
2nd Platoon
DE SMET Joseph
Amaryllis De Smet, his daughter
HELLEMANS Marcel
Article by Leo Peeters and Ton Meijster.
CHARLIER Eugène
Guy Weber
ANTONI Frederik
Mr and Mrs Ton Meijster-Hurckens
3rd Platoon
DIDDENS Leo
Jan Diddens, his son
WUYCKENS Henri
Nov,11,1944. The Lt Rogge's death
SILBERMAN Robert
Rudi Vandenweyer
MUSIN Louis
Didier Dufrane
JANSSENS René
By his neighbor, Alexandra Baes
MATTEZEWITZ Armand
Armand Mattezewitz
4th Platoon
GODFROID Raymond
Testimony of 1969
TABARY Robert (4th Pl Comd)
Testimony of August,22,1944 (Normandy)
NORRO Henri
Didier Dufrane
STELLMAN Herbert
Dr Henri Stellman, his son
5th Platoon
WARTEL René
René Wartel
VERHAEGEN Freddy
Article by Cdt Weuts (1977)
ZIELINSKI Léon
Testimony in 2010
MARLIER Robert
Extract "Le Rendez-vous de Gibraltar" by Guy Weber
GILLEBERT Joseph
Didier Dufrane
VAN REMOORTELE Raymond
Didier Dufrane
6th Platoon
MARTIAL Jean
Jean Martial and Didier Dufrane
JANSSENS René
René Janssens and Didier Dufrane
     
3rd Motorized Company
Staff
NOWE Paul
Extract "Des Hommes Oubliés" by Guy Weber
DEHASSE Gustave
Georges Dehasse, his nephew
EVRARD Hubert
Extract "Des Hommes Oubliés" by Guy Weber
NOBELS Adolf (Chaplain)
Extract "Des Hommes Oubliés" by Guy Weber
KENENS Marcel
Testimony by Logé Hendrik (1977)
CLOSE John
Extract "Des Hommes Oubliés" by Guy Weber
MATHIEU Marcel
Son petit neveu Johan Hellinckx
1st Platoon
GUYOT Francis
Didier Dufrane
WEIRICH Charles
Didier Dufrane
SOYKA Alexis
Didier Dufrane
2nd Platoon
DE WAELE Liévin
Guy Weber
3rd Platoon
COCKELBERGH Louis
John Verhagen, Robert Verhagen's son
WILLOCKX Prosper
John Verhagen, Robert Verhagen's son
MOUCHET François
Extracts by Jean-Louis Marichal
BADTS Eduard
John Verhagen
GOETZ Louis
Didier Dufrane
SERVAIS Gaston
Didier Dufrane
VAN OPPENS Joseph
Didier Dufrane
LOGE Hendrik
Didier Dufrane
ROMBAUTS Frans
Didier Dufrane
4th Platoon
BOECKX Alfons
Maria Boeckx, his daughter
VAN DEN BOGAERT Modeste
Liberation of Thorn (Leo Peeters and Ton Meijster)
GRANDCLAUDON Robert
The Wessem's attack on Oct, 16,1944
DRION Henri
Didier Dufrane
MICHAEL Emile
Didier Dufrane
5th Platoon
DUFRANE Pierre
Didier Dufrane, his son
DUFRASNE Jean-Marie
Didier Dufrane, his godson
COCRIAMONT Claude
Claude Cocriamont
DUTRIEUX Florent
Jean-Pierre Dutrieux, his son
GERARD Edouard
Testimony by Maj Georges Houbion (1946)
DEBRY Joseph
Extracts by Didier Dufrane
MORAY Lucien
Extracts by Didier Dufrane
PAUCHENNE Arsène
Tribute to Arsène Pauchenne
 
THUMAS Louis
Didier Dufrane
 
RAMAN Roger
Didier Dufrane
VAN SANTEN Stephane
Didier Dufrane
EVELING Jim
Didier Dufrane
VAN DEN ABBELE Raymond
Didier Dufrane
DEMAN Prosper
Didier Dufrane
WINANT Joseph
Foto's sending by his daughter Liliane Winant
BRUYNEEL Maurice
By his son Marc and Didier Dufrane
6th Platoon
PIRE Georges
Story of his escape to Britain
WEBER Guy
Extracts by Didier Dufrane
SIMEON Marcel
Didier Dufrane
PATERNOTTE Henri
Didier Dufrane
WAUTHIER Leon
Didier Dufrane
     
Armoured Cars Squadron
Staff
ESPINDOLA José
Edward Espindola, his son
SEIGNEUR Charles
Jean Seigneur, his son
ISENBORGHS Gustave
Didier Dufrane
Troop 1
SAUVAGE Henri
Caroline, his daughter
Troop 2
DEWANDRE Roger
Extracts by Didier Dufrane
HENDRICK Richard
Richard Hendrick, his son
VAN CRAEN Aloïs
Jean-Paul Ceulemans, his grandnephew
Troop 3
VERHAEGHE DE NAYER Marc
By Didier Dufrane
CHOUGOL David
Anne Chougol, his daughter
BENOOT Marcel et SIMOEN Lucien
By Rudi Vandenweyer
Troop 4
PELSMAECKERS Albert
By Didier Dufrane
Troop 5
D'OULTREMONT Charles-Emile
By Didier Dufrane
GILLEMOT Jules
Jan Leys, his friend
     
Artillery Battery
Staff
SWALUE Jean
Michel Selezneff, his nephew
SIEBENHALER Emile
LtCol BEM e.r. J. Gelard
HAES Marcel
Didier Dufrane
GEORGERY Robert
Didier Dufrane
DEKNOP Jean-Baptiste
Didier Dufrane
NICOD Victor
Didier Dufrane
DE RIDDER Bennett
Didier Dufrane
Troop A
ISBOUTSKY David
Mr David Isboutsky
 
DE PRINS Jean
LtCol BEM e.r. J. Gelard
LEDENT Florent
LtCol BEM e.r. J. Gelard
HALEN Albert
Didier Dufrane
Troop B
GAYE Pierre
Pierre-Jules Gaye, his son
SIMONET Maurice
LtCol BEM e.r. J. Gelard
Troop C (Lux)
DUPONT Jean-Baptiste
Romain Dupont, his son
JACOBY Louis
Guy Weber
     
Engineers Company
The Engineers Company
Didier Dufrane
DE PEUTER Jacques
Maryse De Peuter, his daughter
VERHAGEN Robert
John Verhagen, his son
HARBOORT Petrus and DE QUEKER René
John Verhagen and Didier Dufrane
DE VLIEGHER Gilbert
John Verhagen, Didier Dufrane and Kris Michiels
LOOS Joseph
Philip-Henry, his son
     
RASC Company
   
MUSSCHOOT Pierre
Administrator
     
Medical Units
Medical Units (Amb - FSU - FTU)
Administrator
DEHAEN Aimé
Testimony by John Verhagen
PIERARD Lucien (Amb Coy)
By Didier Dufrane
VAN TURNHOUT Joël (Amb Coy)
Par Didier Dufrane

 

FIRST BELGIAN BRIGADE (1945)
Unit
Name
Autor
Staff
BALLEZ Pol
Olivier Ballez, his son
 
DUPONT Fernand
Michel Dupont, his son
 
1st Battalion
SERNEELS Marcel
Gerrit Serneels, his son
 
GOOSSENS Jacques
Jacques Goossens
 
BOFFE Leon
Ives De Rycke, his grandson
 
VERPAELE Paul
Paul Verpaele
DERBOVEN Jozef
Miss Jeanne Servranckx, his cousin
GURDAL Simon
Simon Gurdal (par Didier Dufrane)
VITRIER René
Testimony by his son Eric
DE KEYZER Henri
De Keyzer Henri
LIEGEOIS André
André Liegeois
LIEGEOIS Charles
Charles Liegeois
 
2nd Battalion
WILMET André
Etienne Wilmet, his son
 
HOSTIJN Gaston
John Verhagen, Robert Verhagen's son
HAUZEUR Pierre
Homage by Cpn Didisheim (1945)
 
3rd Battalion
HOUBION Jean
Georgette Houbion, his niece
 
PETERS Georges
Georges Peters
 
NIGAULX Fernand
Fabrice Nigaulx, his son
 
JORION Marc
Robert Jorion, his son
 
KLINKERS Raymond
Luca Infantino, his grandson
 
VANNIEUWENHUIZE Adolf
Bernard Vannieuwenhuize, his nephew
VOGLAIRE Désiré
Testimony from the federation report (1978)
SARTORI Jean
Didier Dufrane
DEPREZ Edouard
Guy Weber
PETERS Georges
Guy Weber
VAN DER KUYLEN Carolus
Carolus Van der Kuylen and Didier Dufrane
LUYPAERTS Florimond
Hommage de sa fille Marianne Luypaerts
BOUVIN Gérard
Gérard Bouvin
SEMPOUX Louis
Marianne Luypaerts
 
REME Company
VAN DE VELDE Thomas
Roland Van de Velde, his son
 
DE BOSSCHERE Marcel
Christian De Bosschere, his son
 
BERGEN Pierre
Jacques Bergen, his son
 
RASC Company
JAUBIN Georges
Annick, his granddoughter
 
MMG Company
MOSSELMANS Gaston
Gaston Mosselmans
 
VAN HOOREN Willy
Alain De Smet, his grandson
 
VAN PETTEGEM Henri
Gérard Chevigné, his nephew
 
Artillery Regiment
CAUWE Henri
Claude Cauwe, his son
 
HERMANS Jacques
Jacques Hermans