South Africa Defence Force
5 Signal Regiment 1981 - 1994
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0009]
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0008]
Beret Command Button badge
Approved in 1987 below are versions of the 5 Signal Regt beret button badge. The first has the Signals colours background and the second in all green.
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0386]
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0083]
5 Signal Regiment provided Electronic Warfare (EW) capabilities to the SADF Army and specific EW to the SA Navy and SA Air Force. The unit was responsible for the provision of static and mobile EW means. Its EW functions were that of Interception (IC) and Direction Finding (DF) in South West Africa and the Republic of South Africa. The Regiment provided mobile and static Tactical Systems in support of the conventional SA Army formations. It also was responsible for the training of the SA Army EW Operators.
This is an example of pair of 5 Signal Regiment flashes. These are a metal based badge faced in coloured epoxy resin, secured by three stick pins. Notice the slight ‘greening’ of the light blue of SA 0009 this is due to the effects of UV light. Worn flashes would have had exposure to sunlight and this is the cause of that exposure. It is commonly found with all the epoxy SA flashes.
Note: Many formations have left and right handed badges and some have the colour sequence also handed. This said, there are examples of badges that are reversed in both aspects. I have seen a right shoulder flash (SA 0009) with the light and dark blue transposed. I believe the pair I show are correct logically as transpositions were/are common and were worn.
The 5 Signal Regiment insignia is a Crow grasping a lightning bolt on a shield of the Signal Corps colours of Green, light Blue and Dark Blue. The original design submitted in December 1981 was an eagle but was changed to the crow as it is internationally used as a symbol for Electronic Warfare. The crow symbolises stealth and the lightning bolt a radio signal being snatched from the sky. The final design received approval 15th June 19
Pocket or Breast badge
Breast or Pocket fob badge is a size reduced shield of the same construction and design as the larger shoulder flash. It is secured by two stick pins to a leather or vinyl fob and is buttoned on to the breast pocket.
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0448]
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0370]