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1 Signal Regiment (United Kingdom)

1 Signal Regiment is a military communications regiment of the British Army. The regiment is now part of the 11th Signal Brigade and provides signal support to two armoured infantry brigades.

1 Signal Regiment, Royal Signals
Active1905–1992
1993–Present
Country United Kingdom
Branch British Army
TypeSignals
SizeRegiment
Part of11th Signal Brigade and Headquarters West Midlands
Garrison/HQStafford

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HistoryEdit

The regiment's antecedents date to the formation of the 1st Division, Telegraph Battalion, Royal Engineers, in 1905. From 1905 to 1960, the regiment names changed several times, for example, from 1st Divisional Signal Company to 1st Divisional Signal Regiment. After the 1957 Defence White Paper, the army was re-organized and the regiment was re-titled as 1st Division Headquarters and Signal Regiment, and was moved to Verden in 1978.[1][2] After this move the regiment remained as part of the 1st Armoured Division.[3] In 1993 after the Options for Change force reductions, the 1st Armoured Division was disbanded,[4] becoming HQ Lower Saxony District.[4][5][6]

After 1st Armoured Division was disbanded, several months elapsed before 4th Armoured Division was redesignated 1st Armoured Division.[7][8] In accordance with this change, the former 4th Armoured Division HQ and Signals Regiment was redesignated 1 (UK) Armoured Division Headquarters and Signal Regiment in late 1993.[9] Before the initial Army 2020 reforms, the regiment was the divisional support signals regiment that supported and helped the communications for the entire 1st (UK) Armoured Division.[10]

After the Army 2020 Refine reforms the regiment was titled as 1 Signal Regiment, and was transferred to the 11th Signal Brigade.[11][12] Under Army 2020 Refine, the regiment will support to a Strike Brigade as a close support signal communications regiment.[13][14]

Organisational StructureEdit

Structure as a result of the initial Army 2020 reforms:[15]

AlliancesEdit

  •   Germany - Panzergrenadier Division Signal Regiment Fernmeldebataillon 1[8]
  •   Canada - 1st Canadian Signal Regiment[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The British Army in Germany (BAOR and After): An Organizational History 1947 - 2004. Graham E. Watson and Richard A. Rinaldi. 2005. p. 67. ISBN 0-9720296-9-9.
  2. ^ Isby and Kamps; Rinaldi BAOR.
  3. ^ The British Army in Germany: An Organizational History 1947-2004. p. 88.
  4. ^ a b The British Army in Germany (BAOR and After): An Organizational History 1947 - 2004. Graham E. Watson and Richard Rinaldi. 2005. p. 115. ISBN 0-9720296-9-9.
  5. ^ The British Army in Germany: An Organizational History 1947-2004. p. 115.
  6. ^ The British Army in Germany: An Organizational History 1947-2004. p. 135.
  7. ^ The British Army in Germany (BAOR and After): An Organizational History 1947 - 2004. Graham E. Watson and Richard Rinaldi. 2005. pp. 117, 135. ISBN 0-9720296-9-9.
  8. ^ a b c Royal Corps of Signals : Unit Histories of the Corps (1920-2001) and Its Antecedents. West Midlands, United Kingdom: Helion and Company. 2003. p. 26. ISBN 1 874622 92 2.
  9. ^ Royal Corps of Signals : Unit Histories of the Corps (1920-2001) and Its Antecedents. pp. 23–26.
  10. ^ "1 (UK) ADSR - British Army Website". www.army.mod.uk. 11 January 2019.
  11. ^ "HQ 11th Signal and West Midlands Brigade". www.army.mod.uk. Retrieved 2018-12-30.
  12. ^ "Royal Signals Regiments | Royal Signals Museum". Retrieved 2018-12-30.
  13. ^ "Royal Signals Journal" (PDF). 8 January 2019.
  14. ^ "Royal Signals Regiments | Royal Signals Museum". Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  15. ^ "Royal Signals Association Update" (PDF). royalsignals.org. 8 January 2019. p. 44.