British Army EW in the 1980s - just what did 14 Sigs do?

Proper dets have their own gennies with them. Just add benz and a hint to El Sproggo that it's a good idea to power it down before checking the oil.
Comcen Charlie, central power 2-10Kva Airlocks, feeding the whole complex, my job....... Out Dets 2-3.5 Kva Onans, the driver-sparks job. ......happy days!
 
Do you really think there was anything "Combat" about the R Sigs?
Tell that to the parents of the lads who died on Herrick and other places. I know there's a place for banter and it could be considered a bit low to use their deaths on a shit thread in the middle of nowhere but as the RBL ad says they still go.
 
i imagine the CO was aware of the Julio-Claudian dynasty and wanted to make sure that, in order to deter assassination, his likely immediate successor was thoroughly not to the lads' taste. That's how it work in the infantry, right?
Come on... don't over think things we're talking infantry here not Int Corps... the CO was a nice chap, who had a great interest in things Soviet (he wrote a couple of articles for BAR on Soviet Operational Art, showing how it had comparisons with the Soviet effort in WW2 such as Operation Bagration).

Anyway, on Ex Crusader the CO came up with the idea of having a battle trench for himself and the Ops Offr dug in on the wooded hillside outside the village which gave him an excellent view over the Bn's TAOR and in particular the Killing Zone for the Milan and attached Swingfire. The assault pioneer chaps dug him in just inside the treeline, full OHP etc, and we laid a land line (suitable dug in) back to the Bn CP for comms. Everything went swimmingly until the crucial point in the defensive battle when an "enemy" Chieftain skirted round the village and crept along the edge of the trees before parking up right in front of the COs trench and blocking his view...

At least we'd laid the phone line deep enough not to be torn out by the tank so we could listen to the CO complaining that he couldn't see a bloody thing... :)
 
Tell that to the parents of the lads who died on Herrick and other places. I know there's a place for banter and it could be considered a bit low to use their deaths on a shit thread in the middle of nowhere but as the RBL ad says they still go.
Well, there's another one on my ignore list.

Edited to add that 5 Inf Bde lost the Sig Sqn OC and a SNCO while they were on a recce during Op Corporate.
 
I somehow doubt that 14 Sigs was overborne with either Commcens or Radio Relay dets.
You know - it think it may have had a RR in RHQ & a specialist EWMC as well which a future YofS managed to well & truly bog in somewhere up in the Harz mountains in the late 80’s. nearly wrote it off & it was a one of a kind wagon unique to the Regt


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Yeah, I was being harsh with the shit thread thing but oddly the military history and Militaria forum is often buried deep in the arrse.
No problem with me - I just find that life is too short to listen to trolls and mongs hence putting him on my ignore list.

I started this thread to find out whether we had an offensive EW capability back in the 70s and 80s. My questions have been answered and now I'm just sitting back and enjoying the dits :)
 
You know - it think it may have had a RR in RHQ & a specialist EWMC as well which a future YofS managed to well & truly bog in somewhere up in the Harz mountains in the late 80’s. nearly wrote it off & it was a one of a kind wagon unique to the Regt


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Indeed, I'm sure I've seen photos of 14 with a RR mast/antenna poking out of a camnet. But not like 7/16/22 etc with dozens of the things. I think 7 had 6x trunk nodes, each with 5x 2-bank RR trucks and then a bunch of 3-bank RRR dets. Probably 40x RR dets, and a dozen SCRA(C)s.
 
Techs were *******. I saw a full screw Tech not able to handle a simple section attack...LOL no wonder you had Pioneers to help you.
28 (NORTHAG) Sig Regt had a few pioneers on strength, they were disqualified one year from the tug-o-war for pushing...I'll get me coat.
 
28 (NORTHAG) Sig Regt had a few pioneers on strength, they were disqualified one year from the tug-o-war for pushing...I'll get me coat.
We had some Pioneer Corps chaps attached to 5 Bde HQ during Op Corporate. One of them removed the working parts from his LMG/GPMG and put them in his bergan. Said the weapon was lighter and easier to carry. Not the brightest of blokes but they worked hard and were pretty easy to get along with.
 
Indeed, I'm sure I've seen photos of 14 with a RR mast/antenna poking out of a camnet. But not like 7/16/22 etc with dozens of the things. I think 7 had 6x trunk nodes, each with 5x 2-bank RR trucks and then a bunch of 3-bank RRR dets. Probably 40x RR dets, and a dozen SCRA(C)s.
I think we just had the one in RHQ. The EWMC I think had an LDA Mux etc & also supported the RATT links to the 3 x Armd Divs over HF via remote FFR dets - they would be connected via lightweight quad remoted away from the HQ so those of us manning those dets could die first in the inevitable arty strike. 3 Sqn had 3 x FV436 - one for each Div HQ in BAOR & 2 x FV432 Armd RRB & 3-4 1 tonne RRB’s as well.


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We had some Pioneer Corps chaps attached to 5 Bde HQ during Op Corporate. One of them removed the working parts from his LMG/GPMG and put them in his bergan. Said the weapon was lighter and easier to carry. Not the brightest of blokes but they worked hard and were pretty easy to get along with.
Although I posted that dit about pushing in the tug-o-war, as the guy who ran the shooting team there for a couple of years I had two of them in my team. They were a hard working bunch and like you I found them easy to get on with. Some of them were a lot brighter than several combat signalmen I had the pleasure of meeting.
 

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We had some Pioneer Corps chaps attached to 5 Bde HQ during Op Corporate. One of them removed the working parts from his LMG/GPMG and put them in his bergan. Said the weapon was lighter and easier to carry. Not the brightest of blokes but they worked hard and were pretty easy to get along with.

I don't recall them ever being armed with anything other than pick helves.
 

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