History of the Royal Signals
A journey through time
A combat support arm
Formed in 1920
Royal Signals are responsible for installing, operating, maintaining and running telecommunications equipment and information systems.
Warrant signed by Winston Churchill
World War Two saw 4,362 members of the Royal Signals give their lives. We will remember them…
Royal Corps of Signals today
Combat Support Arm – Protecting the British Army’s weaponry from attacks
The Work of The Corps
Problem solving, team-work, tactics and technical skills
Royal Signals are among the first to support humanitarian missions – restoring and maintaining lines of communication and setting-up essential, secure Headquarters – to ensure help and support is efficiently dispatched to where it is most needed.
First in, last out
Royal Signals soldiers fight alongside front-line troops, control and resource operations and understand, assimilate and respond to the pressures and urgent needs of commanders and staff. When required Signals’ specialists will conduct electronic warfare – intercepting and jamming enemy communications.
As a combat support arm The Royal Corps of Signals largely controls the means by which intelligence is passed to the decision makers and the mechanisms by which decisions and orders are communicated. Frequently among the first in to conflict Royal Signals soldiers have the technical and tactical skills to provide and operate Field Headquarters and to ensure commanders have battle-winning information. They also support humanitarian missions at home and overseas.
Within the modern-day electronic battlefield, with its increasingly complex, sophisticated and often hidden enemy Royal Signals soldiers and officers are responsible for ensuring the British Army’s sophisticated weaponry and command and control systems are protected from cyber, nuclear/ non-nuclear electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and other attacks.
Shortly after the demise of Poland a GHQ Liaison Regiment known as ‘Phantom’ was established.
During WW2 Signal intelligence was crucial to the Allied victory with a number of Special Wireless Groups established prior to and during this period.
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.
The Corps Centenary book ‘Roger So Far” celebrates many of the Corps’ achievements during its first 100 years.
This hardback, illustrated coffee table book is packed full of stories about people, units and events in the context of campaigns, technologies and equipment. RRP £30 with discounts for Regular, Reserve and Retired Corps members.
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The inter-war years
During the years between the two World Wars the Corps grew in strength and had personnel serving in various overseas stations – Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Ceylon, Egypt, Jamaica plus many other ‘out – posts of the Empire’. The largest portion of the Corps was based overseas with one third concentrated in India. In Britain the most innovative area for regular signals units related to the establishment of armoured forces. The provision of more specialised signals units remained the province of the Supplementary Reserve and the Territorial Army, which formed and supported units for GHQ troops, lines of communication for air force liaison and anti-aircraft units. A key weakness of the British Army Order of Battle remained the lack of Signals units at corps level, this changed during WW2.
Op Herrick Operation Herrick was the codename for British operations in the War in Afghanistan from 2002 to the end of combat operations in 2014. It consisted of the British contribution to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), and support to...
'This is an outstanding, historic and humbling record of the contribution made by individuals in the Royal Signals plus the Indian Signal Corps who worked with Royal Signals and Queen's Gurkha Signals from 1920 to 2020.'
Mike Lithgow (via Amazon review)
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