The Group Photograph

Please see lower down for a key picture identifying some of these people

Marthe with her surviving colleagues in the Secret Army

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Description of the Official Stamps

The first stamp reads "PATRIOTISCHE MILITIE" and "NORD LIMBURG" around the edges. In the centre, "O. F. EISDEN". The initials stand for "Onafhankelijkheidsfront" - "Independence Front" in English or "Front de L'Indépendance" in French. The Independence Front was one of the biggest Secret Army Organisations formed by the merging of the Army of Partisans (some 13,500 members) and the Patriotic Militia (some 22,000 members).

The second stamp is blurred but you can recognize the Belgian motto in Flemish and French: "EENDRACHT MAAKT MACHT" and "L'UNION FAIT LA FORCE", (Strength lies in Unity), around the edges. In the centre, there is an "A" and an "S" on each side of the Belgian Royal Crown for "Armée Secrète" and, underneath, I can just pick out what appears to be "SECTOR REKEN" and then, clearly discernable, "GEHEIM LEGER", the Flemish words for Secret Army.


The People

Men, women and children were all involved in the Resistance. Note that Badge with Leo Belgicussome of the men are wearing armbands or brassards. These were made of cloth, many with a badge showing Leo Belgicus or the colours of the Belgian Flag. Each organisation had its own local version (sometimes several versions) of insignia. [If you are interested in the various insignia, click here to visit Maarten Verburg's Belgian Website, written in French and Flemish. The illustrations take a few minutes to load but are worth waiting for as he has a large number of different types of brassards on his site].


Key Picture

Picture silhouette of the Group Photo with known names shown
My sincere thanks to Mr Robert Dexters for his help in identifying some of the people in this photograph.

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This page first created 15 December 2002 - Additional information added 12 January 2003
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