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Royal Signals Heritage

History of the Corps

The first official agreement to form a separate Signal Corps was made in 1918, before the end of World War One. Due to various policy delays, the formation of the 'Corps' was delayed until 1920.

Signalling in the field

From the earliest times some form of signalling has been used by armies in the field.

The Royal Corps of Signals ancestry in the field of military communications is long and illustrious, the direct forebears being the Royal Engineers Signal Service.

Reliable communications and the swift accurate passage of important information has always been vital to the conduct of successful military operations.

The Corps continues to provide military commanders with their information requirement and ability to command and control their forces.

Recent Campaigns

The Corps have spear-headed operations, including: Afghanistan, Iraq ,the Falkland Island campaign; peace-keeping in the Lebanon; the transition of Namibia to independence; and Operation Granby in the Gulf.

They have been deployed to East Timor, Kurdistan, the states of Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo, the Sahara, Cambodia, Rwanda, Angola Zaire and Sierra Leone.

The Corps now moves into developing Information Warfare of the future.

Royal Signals History

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