10+ Surprising Facts About Belgium Army

10+ Surprising Facts About Belgium Army


In my last two videos about Belgium I’ve not only looked at the great things about the country and learned some interesting facts about it But I’ve also looked at how powerful this country is in terms of military and to dive further into understanding the defensive Capabilities of Belgium we look at one of the oldest main Components of the entire Armed Forces and that is the land component known strictly as the army what’s going on guys? Welcome to FTD Facts My name is Dave Walpole and welcome to channel where I look at people cultures and places and yeah Of course military’s from all around the world now. It’s first time here and you like learn about militaries. Boom You want to hit that subscribe button because that’s what I do here on top of that me I’m just I’m really excited to talk about Belgium and its actual army because for me looked at a lot of different armies from Europe and Belgium It’s kind of a new one on the block. They’ve only been around since like 1830 So just cuz they don’t have a lot of history doesn’t mean that’s a bad thing and I’m excited to learn about that So with that in mind guys, let’s break down the facts and let’s get right into talking about these guys So like I said the Belgium army, it’s been around not for a long time officially beginning in October of 1830 Now you may be wondering your subsequent. Whoa, wait Dave, man Why are they why are they so late and some of you guys from Belgium made me go whoa, Dave No, man, that’s not true. They’ve been around for a much longer time before that That is true As a matter of fact, the area of Belgium has had an army and Armed Forces for quite a long time But the actual country itself Belgium didn’t come around till like 1830 and that is when they got their very own Army, now theoretically the army itself has two names which is known as the land component, which is more common in the Dutch tongue But for the French Willona inside, they also call it composit ter, and I’m not gonna lie guys I don’t know if that really screwed up my French I am Canadian and we’re supposed to have french-canadian and that’s how we would say. It called pissant ter. Hopefully, that’s right I don’t know if that’s how they say it in Wallonia But however before 1945 the Belgium army was strictly known as the Belgium army And it wasn’t until after that it got the renamed to land component so for this video I’m gonna dive into some of the history because I’m not just gonna look at what the Army is like today because we’ve got to Understand where they came from to understand what they’re all about today. And with that we’re going boom all the way back to 1830 guys the beginning of Belgium hmm because the first real major land force unit was the Belgian paramilitary unit known as the guards Civic and Unfortunately this unit existed only until about 1914 when it was demobilized from the German invasion of Belgium However, the group itself was officially round until about 1920 when it became Decommissioned that’s partially due to the fact that they were like this unit did not do good against fighting off the Germans now So we’re gonna rename it and do a whole new unit however Truth be told a Belgian Army had actually existed in the country before and these guys were known as the Belgian Legion and as a matter of fact the Belgian Legion has pretty much a history dating back to at least 1782 in which throughout history, it’s served not only for the French but also the Austrian Netherlands governments however By the years of the 19th and 20th century Belgium had become a very neutral country and because of that the army was classified more as a defensive force rather than a giant Offensive army, and however, I should also mention that around the time of 1830 when it first began They say that there was approximately 20,000 troops that were a part of the army itself but however Let’s be perfectly honest that all changed in 1868 when the army was like, but we need to introduce Conscription and this was majorly due to the fact that Belgium had become involved in what is known as the franco-prussian war And also I should mention that there was a rather famous group in the army of Belgium around this time And that was the Corps expedition air belch or the Belgian Expeditionary Force and these guys believe it or not They served in Mexico but only for a really short amount of time because they were around from 1864 to 1867 in which afterwards they returned home and officially the unit was closed down and Interesting enough to know when it comes to the army of Belgium believe it or not They’ve also been involved in Congo and in 1905 they were also in China which to me I thought was really interesting because it showed that you know Belgium at such a young Time, I mean think about it 1830 and it’s 1905 involved in China It’s been a part of international operations from the get-go. That’s pretty awesome However, their involvement in worldwide operations was about to get a lot bigger because World War one was right around the corner By the way guys before I get into the whole world war one thing and continuing to learn more about what happened in the 20th Century I just wanna let you guys know just so you know, a lot of you guys are probably here You may be from Belgium itself That’s usually what happens in our videos and you guys are wanting to know more about military forces in Belgium Well, first of all guys, I got a really awesome Belgian military playlist it’s all about, you know military in Belgium You guys can click it right here, but don’t leave the video just yet also put it at the end and in the description box below if you want to check it out that being said if you just Want to learn more about Belgium on itself. Maybe you’re from that country. We want to know what’s great about it You can also check this playlist here It’s got some cool videos just about Belgium and what’s good about it But it’s talking about World War one now on the eve of World War one It was said that Belgium had approximately 19 infantry units 10 cavalry units and 8 artillery units however in August of 1914 Germany had invaded Belgium, however Unfortunately for Belgium by the end of that year pretty much Germany had overrun the entire country and hey that country was occupied and it was said during the entire Invasion of World War one there was roughly 600,000 to 750,000 German troops against approximately 115 thousand to 220,000 Belgian troops now after of course World War one had ended Belgium had become its own country yet again and Military was still a very important thing because they didn’t want anything to happen again right after World War 1 and with that in mind by the year of 1926 the army itself had a size of 350,000 troops and by the beginning of World War two following the immediate invasion of Poland the Belgian King mobilized the military resulting in it having a size of 550,000 to 600,000 troops Unfortunately in May of 1940 along with many other countries within Europe Germany pretty much invaded Belgium yet again however not let’s be real Belgium did not stop there just because they were invaded did not mean they did not give up the fight as A matter of fact a lot of units managed to flee the country And start their own groups to continue to fight the Germans with the Allied countries Matter of fact it’s been stated that 163 Belgian troops managed to evacuate in the Dunkirk evacuation Alone, and some of these units for example the first Belgian Infantry Brigade and as well the 10 commando unit and the 5th Special Service which was an airborne troop that was under the British SAS Were units that all had Belgians within them or were completely all of Belgian descent now moving a little bit forward We know World War two came to an end Belgium became its own self governed country again The Germans were gone and the Cold War was just around the corner or actually the Cold War was happening and believe it or not during this time the Belgium land component supplied troops for the defense of West Germany and this mission was given to the first Belgian Corps Within it. There was the 1st Infantry Division and the 16th mechanised division as well But of course nowadays things are a little bit different. You don’t have the Cold War anymore So let’s talk about today’s forces, which may be a lot more reduced than they were at the height of the Cold War button Hey, there’s not as much combat for example in today’s world They say the land component, which is the largest arm of the Defense Forces at least in terms of troop numbers They got a lot of soldiers in it has an estimated size of approximately 12,000 military personnel and approximately 2,000 civilian personnel in which all of these are under the commander of Major General Mark this and with that the structure of the army. It is broken up into five different sections for example There is combat command support Services and training and with these five different sections and all these troops the land component also operates out of two major bases one down south in March on femmine which is in the province of Luxembourg not to be confused with the country and that base is Famous for light infantry units and the second which is home to the motorized. Brigade is located in the north in Leopold’s burg I also should mention that the motorized Brigade is a rather new brigade that formed in 2011 however It basically evolved out of the independent Belgian brigade Which has been around since 1943 and within the entire land component It breaks down into five major infantry battalions And it also has a Special Forces Group and an immediate reaction cell known as the IRC in which that group has one parachute and commando battalion Also, did you know that the Belgian Army does not use any tanks as a matter of fact? It’s a rather new thing that got rid of tanks and they wanted more wheeled vehicles And with that their heaviest vehicle is the Parana 3c which is an armored fighting vehicle and they have approximately two hundred and sixty eight of them They also use the pander ones which is an armoured personnel carrier as for handhelds when it comes to machine guns They use the FN is e and the FN p90 for assault rifles. They use the FN NFC and the FN mm and many different versions of scars snipers they use the accuracy international art of warfare and the Bret M107 a one and a scar version of the sniper rifle for light machine guns They also use the FN minimi and the FN m AG and last but not least I should just mention that the Belgium army is going through a major modernization program They’re trying to give new equipment and new body armor to these soldiers in which they estimate that’s gonna be around 2030 Overall the entire land component has approximately 35 units trained and ready for any operation. That is thrown at them But thanks for watching guys. My name’s Dave WAPA And this is all the information that I could gather on the Belgian Armed Forces or the army the land component. It’s so hard I got to remind myself to say land component all the time when I talk about the Armed Forces We’re talking about the land component just the land component. That’s it but however guys hope you like this video also before you get out of here at the end of this video in the description box below if you Guys want to check out more military stuff from Belgium. Boom We got those playlists on we also got just the country itself So feel free to check those out but hate that subscribe button if it’s your first time here and yeah Feel free to leave a comment for a future or a suggestion for a future video and I’ll see you in the next one Okay. Bye. Bye later Alright so guys here are those military playlists that I was telling you about you got boom right here that military playlist That’s a Belgian military playlist. I should say I knew you guys are interested in if you’re listening to me right now and you’ve made it this far because you just want more Military content. There’s also this video just two on Belgium. Feel free to check them out and I’ll see you later

85 comments

  1. Yeah Congo was a bit messy, thankfully that's old news…

    But I have a lot of respect for what the armed forces have achieved WW1 they didn't just roll over they put up quite a fight, WW2 they held their own and kept going when the cards were very much stacked against them…

    They honestly are a nice group of people.

  2. Hello I'm from Belgium and so I'm proud of our little army and its 'victories' like the first first world war. But please know that there is also a dark side on this army. The Belgians did horrible things in Congo and killed millions of congolese. This was a combination of the policies of king Leopold II and the corruption of the civil servants. Especially the private force of Leopold II. Later on when Congo became the possession of the Belgian governement the corruption and exploitaition dropped but it still was present. The Belgian forces also allowed later on in 1994 a massacre to happen in Rwanda (they weren't the cause but they could prevent it). Please don't hate me for the comment. I know that a lot of Belgian people also did good things in Congo. Just like my great-grandfather and grandparents who lived in Congo for several years and served for the Belgian army.

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  4. Hi, I am from belgium and I think it's correct to add here that the term "Belgian army" is more like a collectieve term. We have four components, the land component, Marine component, airforce component and medical component and togheter they form the Belgian army. However we are a really small army with a little budget, I am Still very proud of it and to what it has archived in the past.

  5. I am from belgium i just want to say they use scars and p90s because thy are from belgium fabricute i think the weapon fabrik is in herstal

  6. Belgium in WWI is interesting. The germans sent an ultimatum to Belgium demanding acces through their lands on Belgium on the 2nd of August 1914 but this was denied by the king and the government. In the 4th the germans invaded. The Belgian forts around Liège proved diffucult to take and slowed the Germans initial time scheme but the last fort fell the 16th. The Belgian army retreated to the forts around Antwerp but eventually after the battle of the Marne the Germans turned their attention to Antwerp. The city surrenderd after a siege but the army succeeded in retreating westward towards the French border under cover of the fortresses around Antwerp.

    Eventually, they retreated accros the Yser river and delayed the Germans persuing them by opening the flood gates from behind german lines and setting a large part under water. This was part of the battle of the Yser in which Belgium suffered 20.000 casualties opposed to 70.000 german losses and succeeded in halting the Germans from taking the entire country. It is at this point that the war evolved into a trench war as the Germans were also halted by the Brittish and French forces on other fronts. Under the command of King Albert I the Belgians held on to the small strip of Belgium that remained from 1914 to 1918 in the trenches.

    There's not that much information about it online but I think most Belgians know tales from this from relatives who were at the front. I have the feeling that the resistance of what they then called 'brave little Belgium' is something to be proud of for many in Belgium. They are often overlooked when it comes to remembering the war were the focus lies on the Germans and the Franco-Brittish forces but the Belgians were also in the trenches for 4 years under the same horrible conditions.

  7. A little bit of extra info our country just agreed to buy 477 Griffon light armored vehicles and 60 heavier armed jaguars from France 🙂 There is also talk about getting into the new MBT program of Germany and France to have at least 1 Company of 25 MBT's in the future ( bought or on lease like the Dutch) but this has not yet been confirmed. Talks about this platform also being able to be a modular hull that can fit AA and mobile artillery could also be a thing we would have in the future but it seems these plans are for the 2030's at the earliest. Also our snipers won the world sniper contest this year and can now carry the title best snipers in the world until the next contest.

  8. So I'm in the belgian military and there has been some changes with the names of "light brigades" "mechanized brigade"… Due to the fact that the concept of light infantry (leg infantry) does not exist anymore in Belgium, the ministry of defence merged all the wheel units in one brigade: The "motorized brigade". So he military bases of Leopoldburgs and Marche-En-Famenne host now ancient mechanized, motorized and light units. The only difference between the units are their traditions because now all the units use the Piranha (with a lot of variants, whit a heavy canon, light canon, machine gun). However the Commando's units, paratroopers units and the Belgian Special Forces have been putted in one regiment, the Special Operation Regiment. Sorry for the bad english. Feel free to ask more

  9. https://www.hln.be/nieuws/binnenland/belgische-militairen-op-missie-naar-estland-met-mutsen-uit-1951-terwijl-het-daar-tot-40-graden-kan-vriezen~af21fe74/

    What modernisation? The poor sods almost had to wear equipment from 1951 when on a mission in Lithuania at -40°C. A real disgrace.

  10. I am from Belgium and it is amazing to see how much interest there is in our country. I live in the West-Flanders (aka West-Vlaanderen) and at the beach of Oostduinkerke there are "paardenvissers" who get shrimps out of the see with their horses. It is under UNESCO protection because they are the last ones who do that in that way. It would be great if you can reach out all of our UNESCO protections 😊

  11. Dude you forgot about korea we were there to with a infantry battalion (B-U-N-C : belgian united nation command )

  12. My uncle was part of the dunkirk evacuation. He said that is was one of the greatest adventures of his life during ww2. All the shells flying above his head, the German army closing in,…

  13. haha i am from Leopoldsburg its funny how u said it :p
    i love it when i have friends that come and visit they see all these military things for the first time
    im so used to it to see some soldiers running around in uniform etc .. and since leopoldsburg is close to "kleine-brogel" we have alot of F16^s and other fighterjets fly around i love it here ^^

  14. The land component is not the name of the army. It's only the name of the ground troups. There's also a lucht component wich is the air force.

  15. you keep saying the belgian army/the land component but the "belgian army" is split in 4 components land component, medical component, air component, marine component

  16. do u research the belgian army got aswell a marine component, medical component, air component it isn't only the land component that counts.

  17. Here’s some more info for you, our first armoured division during the 1st world war in Russia: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgian_Expeditionary_Corps_in_Russia

  18. Well, Nice to see this vid but there is A LOT wrong with what you told about the current structure of our armed forces and the equipment they use…

  19. Did you know that the Belgium's hold off a large Chinese Assault during the Korea war with succes

  20. You made a mistake they dont have scar sniper version it doesn't exist they use scar mk 20 ssr and scar 20 S those are dmr (designed marksman rifles)

  21. In ww2 the Chausseur ardennais (ardense jagers) got orders to retreat but 40 men never received that order and defended the border for 18 days and even erwin rommel said "these are not men they are green wolves" because they used guerrilla warfare against them.

  22. what You talking about 80 german comandos tooked 800 belgian soldiers buhaha read https://www.wearethemighty.com/lists/daring-commando-raids

  23. Not so successful against the Germans ? Holding the Germans so long ? BRAVE LITTLE BELGIUM ! You should use more image of you theme, not of yourself…

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