11 Linie = Infantry Regiment
Motto: 'VAAR NOCH VREES'
A.B.L. = Armée Belge / Belgisch Leger
= Army Belgium
The 11th Line Regiment was an infantry regiment of the Belgian army. It was founded at the independence of Belgium in 1830 as a continuation of the 11th Division of the Dutch army. It had Hasselt as its home base from 1830 until its dissolution in 1956. It stayed partly in the Herkenrode barracks and partly in the Witte-Nonnen barracks.
In 1874-1875 a new barracks for the 11th Line Regiment was built on the then Wapenplaats. This place was given the name Martelaarsplein in 1919 in memory of the 20 war victims who were executed in the courtyard of the barracks.
In 1922 the square was renamed Kolonel Dusartplein. The barracks was named after Charles Dusart, commander of the 11th Line Regiment from 1913. He was the first senior officer of the Belgian army who was killed during the First World War during a confrontation with German grenadiers at Rhées (near Herstal). Another 169 men of the regiment, including a captain, are buried with him (see photo).
The line regiment was disbanded on January 31, 1956. His band gave musical brilliance to ceremonies in the city and met the soldiers when they returned from a march. On Thursday evening she gave well-attended concerts at the now-disappeared kiosk on Leopoldplein.
Every day there was a parade on the then Wapenplein. Soldiers helped the population in case of fire or flood.
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