On This Day…

On the 26th June 1945 the UN charter was signed

 

The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organisation that aims to maintain international peace and security. It was established after World War Two with the aim of preventing future wars thereby succeeding the largely ineffective League of Nations.

At its founding, the UN had 51 member states and by 2011 this number had increased to 193 representing almost all of the world’s sovereign states.

 

Un peacekeeping operations

The UN has authorised over 70 peacekeeping operations since 1945 not including other purely military interventions authorised by the UN such as the Korean and Gulf Wars.

The 1990s saw the most UN peacekeeping operations to date and all share some common characteristics, namely the inclusion of a military or police component, often with an authorisation for use of force under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations.

Un peacekeeping operations

The UN has authorised over 70 peacekeeping operations since 1945 not including other purely military interventions authorised by the UN such as the Korean and Gulf Wars.

The 1990s saw the most UN peacekeeping operations to date and all share some common characteristics, namely the inclusion of a military or police component, often with an authorisation for use of force under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations.

 

Op Grapple

Royal Corps of Signals soldiers have taken part in many of these UN peacekeeping missions including those in Cyprus, the Balkans and beyond.

One such mission (Operation Grapple) occurred In October 1992 when a United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) deployed into Bosnia. The UK contributed an infantry battalion group, an engineer regiment, logistics and signals to Bosnia and a Brigade Headquarters to Split in Croatia.

The initial role was to escort humanitarian aid convoys. The Dutch provided internal UN communications and the British the links with the UK and with and within UK units in the region.

 

Force signal squadron

A force signal squadron was formed, initially from 11th Armoured Brigade HQ and Signal Squadron and 30th Signal Regiment. Satellite Communications and High Frequency (HF) radio was used to communicate with the UK and to deployed Headquarters.

Tactical HF nets were also established and Euromux and SHF were deployed to expand and extend the VSC 501 facilities, particularly with regard to telephone access. 14th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare) converted vehicles at short notice for rapid deployment in support of the UN Mission.

Roger So Far

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.

Buy now from the Royal Signals Museum Shop

Museum Amateur Radio Station GB100RSM

Geoff, one of the Museum’s volunteers will run Amateur Radio Station GB100RSM from his home station in Bournemouth until the end of June. The intention is to to publicise the Museum, the Corps Centenary and the Centenary book Roger So Far …

They will use Morse and SSB (speech) on amateur bands 40 metres- 20 metres-17 metres.
Times of operations cannot be guaranteed as but will depend on band conditions and personal commitments.
Station location is BOURNEMOUTH BH10 4HP
MAIDENHEAD LOCATOR IO 90 BR
Geoff can be emailed on geoffg3wzp@gmail.com by anyone wanting to arrange a connection