South Africa Defence Force
71 Signal Unit 1975 - 1991
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0300]
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0301]
The lineage, history and designations of 71 Signal Unit began on 1st May 1946 with the announcement, by Field Marshall Smuts, the reactivation of the Active Citizen Force (ACF). By 1948 ten new Signal Squadrons were established to serve the ACF Divisions, one of which was 3 Brigade Signal Squadron SACS on 1st May 1948.
In 1953 the Squadron was re-designated 3 Infantry Brigade Signal Squadron SACS and comprised Brigade HQ Signal Troop, Radio Troop, Field Signal Troop and two Motorized Signal Troops.
In 1956 SACS units were reorganized and 3 Infantry Brigade Signal Squadron was re-designated on 1st January to 2 Squadron 1 Armoured Division Signal Regiment SACS re-designated again on 31st January 1959 to 3 Signal Squadron.
On 1st September 1971 the unit was re-designated 74 Signal Squadron serving 17 Brigade.
17 Brigade was succeeded by 71 Brigade c.1974 and 74 Signal Squadron was re-designated 71 Signal Unit which was formalized on 27th November 1975 by Part I Order.
With effect of 1st December 1991 71 Motorized Brigade was re-designated 9 SA Division though 71 Signal Unit remained so.
These are an example pair of 71 Signal Unit flashes. They are a metal based badge faced in coloured epoxy resin, secured by three stick pins.
71 Signal Unit insignia is simply figures ‘71’, on a shield of the vertical Signal Corps colours of Green, light Blue and Dark Blue.