hello, are you pleased with these pages ? then PLEASE also have a look at my wish list of these stamps: you can send me used stamps in trade
you can choose your stamps for a first trade from my offer list of Belgian stamps. I collect world wide used stamps and like to exhange stamps: new pages will follow soon. But remember, this is a hobby project: I will add pages as time permits.
stamppages : free online postage stamp catalogue : Liberated Belgium (1944-1949)
|After the experience of World War II, Belgium abandoned its neutral stance in international politics, in favour of military, political and economic integration. In 1949, Belgium joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and deployed troops to fight alongside other United Nations forces in the Korean War in 1950. Belgium was assigned a sector of the British zone in West Germany, around the city of Cologne, which it occupied from 1945. Belgian soldiers remained in Germany until their final withdrawal in 2002. Economically, Belgium co-created the Benelux Economic Union in 1948. From 1944 until 1960, Belgium also experienced a period of rapid economic recovery, dubbed the "Belgian Miracle", partially as a result of the Marshall Plan. The political crisis surrounding Leopold III's role during the occupation, and whether he could return to the throne, polarized Belgian public opinion in the years following the war between Catholics, notably in Flanders, who broadly supported his return, and Socialists, in Wallonia and Brussels, who were strongly opposed to it. After a general strike and an indecisive referendum, the king resigned in favour of his son, Baudouin, in 1950.|