South Africa Defence Force
North West Command Signal Unit 1975 - 1999
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0048]
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0049]
Beret Command Button Badge
The round button carries the crossed Shovel and Pick on a black background.
[Colin Hodgkins collection SA 0394]
The lineage, designations and history of the North West Command Signal Unit began with the Western Transvaal Signal Squadron in January 1956.
The Squadron was re-designated the Western Transvaal Command Signal Company in 1960 and in 1961 re-designated Western Transvaal Command Signal Squadron.
In 1969 the Signal Squadron was re-designated North Western Command Signal Squadron as a Permanent Force (PF) with an Active Citizen Force (ACF) designated 73 Signal Squadron.
On 1st September 1971 the unit was re-designated 105 Signal Squadron.
In 1975 the Squadron received Unit status becoming North Western Command Signal Unit on 1st August 1975. With the establishment of the Command and Management Information (CMI) in 1999 the Unit came under the command of 22 Signal Squadron, 2 Signal Regiment.
These are a example pair of the North West Command Signal Unit flashes. They are a metal based badge faced in coloured epoxy resin, secured by three stick pins.
The main function of the Unit was the repair and maintenance of electronic equipment radio, field radar for SADF, meteorological systems and distance and sound measuring equipment.
North West Command Command Signal Unit insignia is crossed miners pick and shovel, taken from the Command coat of arms on a shield of vertical Signal Corps colours of Green, light Blue and Dark Blue. The crossed Shovel and Pick on the Command Button is to represent the mining activities in this province. Some 95% of the areas wealth comes from the mining of Platinum.
Pocket or Breast & Cravat badges
Beast or Pocket badge (bottom left) and cravat badge (bottom right) are reduced versions of the same construction and design as the larger shoulder flash. The pocket badge is secured by two stick pins to a leather or vinyl fob and buttoned to the breast pocket.