Service Cinématographique de l’Armée belge was the audiovisual unit of the Belgian army.
It was created in 1915, shortly after the outbreak of WW1 and made the famous “Yser Journal”. After WW1, the unit continued to grow and gathered its experience from civilian cameramen and photographers.
With the invasion of Belgium, May 1940, the commanding officer Cdt Poreau had to leave almost the entire collection behind. The unit didn’t exist anymore. In London, the exiled Belgian government created a small audiovisual unit, called the “Belgian Film Unit”. They would follow the famous Belgian Brigade Piron in August 1944 through occupied Europe. After the war, the unit was re-installed and over the decades went through many changes, as well as in organization as name.
The unit has gathered an enormous amount of experience in the audiovisual field, with the creation of instruction videos and the famous “Televox” television broadcast, which has ceased to be transmitted in 2012. The future format will be web-based and can seen on www.mil.be.
Currently the audiovisual unit is situated in Peutie, near Brussels. I work there as one of the military photographers. Over the years, the unit has received many awards for their audiovisual projets.
The inventory in stills and film has now being transferred into a brandnew digital system, which will allow the audiovisual heritage to be saveguarded for many years to come.
The unit is currently situated in the army barracks in Peutie. (see picture above)