South Africa Defence Force
44 Parachute Brigade Signal Unit 1978 - 1994
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0027]
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0026]
The lineage and designations of 44 Parachute Brigade Signal Unit. In 1978 on 20th April approval was given for the establishment of a Parachute Brigade designated 44 Parachute Brigade with HQ at Tempe, Bloemfontein. Within the formation on 1st January 1979 the Minister for Defence Mr. P.W. Botha gave approval for the establishment of a Field Engineer Squadron (44 Parachute Brigade Field Engineer Squadron) and a Signal Squadron (44 Parachute Brigade Signal Squadron) were established. On 4th January 1979 1 and 2 Parachute Battalions came under the command of 44 Parachute Bde.
44 Parachute Brigade Signal Squadron was a very small formation in the beginning consisting of a National Service Man (NSM) Officer and a Permanent Force (PF) NCO with less than half a dozen NSM signalmen. Only half of this initial formation were jump qualified.
In 1980 the Brigade HQ with its constituent units was moved to Pretoria and was briefly deactivated. On 24th September 1980 the Brigade HQ was reactivated. In 1980 the addition of 18 Light Regiment, an artillery unit of heavy mortars and 1 Pathfinder Company was made to the 44 Parachute Brigade.
In November 1986, 44 Parachute Brigade Signal Squadron was re-designated 44 Parachute Brigade Signal Unit. In 1999 with the establishment of the Command and Management Information (CMI) 44 Parachute Brigade Signal Unit came under 1 Signal Regiment and was re-designated 13 Signal Squadron.
This is a pair of 44 Parachute Brigade Signal Unit flashes. They are a metal based badge faced in coloured epoxy resin, secured by three stick pins.
44 Parachute Signal Unit insignia is a black eagle head (Iron Eagle) crowned by a lightning bolt, on a shield of maroon.