By BRIAN KRAPF
This beautiful wartime oval badge is two inches in diameter. It is made of brass, with a paper insert covered by a celluloid sheath. The badge was made to commemorate the liberation of Belgium, which began 2 September 1944. It features Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and Charles DeGaulle, who is still noted as leader of the Free French. The four are noted to be the “saviours of the world.”
The badge may have been made in France, but more than likely it was manufactured in Belgium itself. After the liberation began in 1944, a lot of patriotic material was manufactured in both Belgium and Holland including postcards, posters, pottery, porcelain, and badges. These items have made their way into many collections. They are very popular and highly sought.