Women were not part of the Royal Corps of Signals during WW2 but a number of women from the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) with special skills were selected for training as radio operators.
During WW2 Signal intelligence was crucial to the Allied victory with a number of Special Wireless Groups established prior to and during this period.
Shortly after the demise of Poland a GHQ Liaison Regiment known as ‘Phantom’ was established.
When it deployed for Op Granby in 1991 the Corps had not been involved in a major desert war for nearly 50 years
By the end of WW1 there were some 70,000 signallers. In 1918, at the Battle of Amiens, trench warfare was largely replaced by the birth of modern warfare. The extensive use of artillery produced a further demand for dedicated signal sections, including liaison with spotter aircraft.
Throughout World War Two (WW2) members of the Royal Corps of Signals served in every theatre of war. By 1945 The Corps had expanded to a serving strength of 8,518 officers and 142,472 soldiers; more than today’s entire British Army.