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3 Signal Regiment (United Kingdom)

The 3rd Signals Regiment is a regiment of the Royal Corps of Signals within the British Army. The regiment has recently converted from a divisional signal regiment to a support signals regiment part of the 11th Signal Brigade, but has remained at Bulford.

3rd Signal Regiment
Active1885–1947
1951–Present
Country United Kingdom
BranchArmy
TypeSignals
RoleMilitary Communications
SizeRegiment
Part of11th Signal Brigade
Garrison/HQBulford
Battle honoursBattle Honours include:[1]
Suez Crisis
Afghanistan
Bosnia
Cyprus
Kosovo
Northern Ireland
Palestine
Gulf War

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HistoryEdit

The 3rd Signal Regiment can trace its history back to "The Telegraph Battalion, Royal Engineers". In 1903 it became the telegraph battalion for the 3rd Division, Just a few months later it join the 2nd Infantry Division, and finally in 1905 it joined the 3rd Division. Since 1905 the regiment has been part of the division and became the Headquarters Signal regiment in 1962. In 1945 after the end of World War II the regiment was retitled to the "3rd Infantry Division Signal Regiment".[2][3]

In 1947 upon returning from British Palestine the regiment was disbanded, but re-formed in 1951 as part of the new Army Strategic Command.[3] The regiment later deployed during the Suez Crisis in 1956. In 1964 the regiment deployed to Cyprus hwere they left in 1978, and moved to West Germany in Körbecke. After some small re-organizations the regiment had their 3 squadrons, 202, 206 and 222 supported the 3rd Armoured Division's brigades - 4th Armoured Brigade, 6th Armoured Brigade, and 33rd Armoured Brigade.[3]

In 1990, after the Options for Change, the regiment moved to Bulford where they were re-titled to "3rd (UK) Division Headquarters and Signal Regiment"[4][3] During their major role after the 90's the regiment had the major role of divisional signals and supported the 3rd Mechanised Division.[3] As part of Army 2020 the regiment joins the 7 Signal group part of the 11th Signal Brigade.[5]

OrganizationEdit

The following is the structure of the regiment until Army 2020:[6][7][8][3]

  • Support Squadron
  • 202 Squadron
  • 206 Squadron
  • 228 Armoured Squadron

Structure of the regiment after the Army 2020 reforms:[9]

  • Support Squadron
  • 202 Squadron
  • 206 Squadron
  • 249 Squadron (new squadron) - (New Gurkha Signals Squadron)
  • Support Squadron

Alliances and AffiliationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20050228230525/http://www.army.mod.uk/royalsignals/3div/history.html
  2. ^ The British Army in Germany (BAOR and After): An Organizational History 1947 - 2004. Graham E. Watson and Richard Rinaldi. 2005. p. 106. ISBN 0-9720296-9-9.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "3 (UK) Division Signal Regiment History". army.mod.uk. 8 March 2019. Archived from the original on 28 February 2005.
  4. ^ Royal Corps of Signals : Unit Histories of the Corps (1920-2001) and Its Antecedents. pp. 29–31.
  5. ^ "Royal Signals Regiments | Royal Signals Museum". Retrieved 2018-12-30.
  6. ^ a b c Royal Corps of Signals : Unit Histories of the Corps (1920-2001) and Its Antecedents. p. 31.
  7. ^ "3rd (UK) Division HQ and Signal Regiment". web.archive.org. 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  8. ^ "RSI Journal Spring 2014" (PDF). The Wire. Spring 2014: 44.
  9. ^ "E-Wire" (PDF). The Wire. Summer 2018: 21. Summer 2018.