Title: 152 Signal Squadron – The History of the Corps of Signals in SAS 1957-1982
Author: Bainbridge, Norman
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 2003
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 361 pages
Comments: A detailed history of the 152 Signal Squadron – the Royal Australian Corps of Signals unit that is attached to the Australian Special Service Regiment (SASR) from it’s formation in 1957 up to 1982. Now a scarce title to an Australian Special Forces unit.
The author served for many years in the Squadron and saw active service in Borneo and Vietnam.
Signals Corps personnel undertake the same selection and reinforcement cycle training as the rest of the Army, but are rarely released for Corps transfer to Infantry due to the requirement to provide SAS qualified Corps signallers to the Regiment. Personnel from 152 Signal Squadron are encouraged to attempt selection, but as a rule, if successful they remain in the signal squadron and do not transfer into a ‘Sabre’ squadron. However, in being ‘Beret’ qualified, they receive a significant pay rise and increased posting longevity to SASR. Members of 152 Signal Squadron are affectionately known as ‘Chooks’ and are often fully integrated into the 5 man SASR patrols. One member of 152 Signal Squadron was awarded an Infantry Combat Badge during service with the “Gerbils” in Somalia. This was made on the basis that he held an Infantry Employment Code Number (ECN 353 SASR Trooper) and was deployed as part of an SASR team.
Signed by the author and three other contributors.
Includes Nominal Roll