Have been researching issues on the Belgian Fourragere (1940) worn by members of the 139th AEB. The 139th was not cited in the order of day and there was no devree awarding the Belgian fourragere to them. The 307th AEB, was awarded it by decree No. 1034 and as such, those members of the 139th who transferred to the 307th after VE Day would have been authorized to wear the cord on their uniforms.
Many of the Belgian cords I have seen worn on WW2 ikes have the loops and the knot/ferrule removed. Both of the one's in my collection are this way, and there are a handful of collectors Belgian cords with the same situation. I've added images of two named jackets to 139th AEB guys. The cords are on the jacket as I received them. I know one is on the wrong side, but I have not moved them from their original configuration.
QUESTION: Why were these modified? Was it because the Belgian cord was made from a different material and deteriorated heavily over time and these are simply the remnants? Did the 307th guys not want those who joined to wear the full cord since they weren't part of the unit when it was earned?