There are various newly published contributions to the study of the Phantom during the Second World War.

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The Happy Warrior

This is a short biography of George Frederick Hopkinson who was commissioned into the North Staffordshire Regiment during the First World War and served with distinction throughout his service until his death as a result of enemy action while commander of 1 Airborne Division in Southern Italy. He was awarded the Military Cross during the First World War and the OBE with Phantom. The author is working on an extended study so would be grateful for feedback.

1 British Airborne Phantom

Asher Pirt has published a history of a small patrol from Phantom that served with the 1 British Airborne Division during Operation Market Garden. Phantom (GHQ Liaison Regiment) was a Second World War information and liaison organisation with secure communications. Neville Hay, John Hobkirk and three other men were deployed to carry out specialised duties but ended up being the sole means of communications from the embattled Airborne Division at Arnhem. This publication is part of a wider research project into the role of Phantom in the North West Europe campaign. The author welcomes feedback from readers

Phantom and the Central Mediterranean 1941-45

This is a record of the operational employment of GHQ Liaison Regiment (Phantom) in the Central Mediterranean between 1941 and 1945. It covers military operations in Greece, Western Desert, Sicily and Italy. The book explains the amalgamation of J Service and Phantom in Italy to create No.2 GHQ Liaison Regiment, C.M.

Joseph Peter Astbury

Astbury was commissioned into the Royal Corps of Signals and was responsible for many of Phantom’s adaptations to Wireless Sets used by the organisation and created the Morsex Machine. This publication is about his service and is divided into two parts. The first part is a biographical account based on documents from the National Archives at Kew and a first hand account of a member of Phantom. The second part is a detailed study of the Morsex machine that he designed for secure communications. The information from this part came from the Archives of GCHQ as well as some open documents at Kew.

GHQ Liaison Regiment. A Nominal Roll with Short Biographies

This book contains a nominal roll of former members of a specialist but incredibly important Second World War unit designated General Headquarters Liaison Regiment. Its codename was Phantom. The roll also includes former members of No.3 Military and Air Mission and GHQ Reconnaissance Unit. This is the author’s first attempt to produce a nominal roll of former members since the Second World War and they include Officers and Other Ranks that the author has come across in researching a definitive history of GHQ Liaison Regiment. It includes detailed biographical information where possible, Honours and Awards to various former members of the unit. The nominal roll is now fairly complete. Please get in touch for information about individuals or if you can assist in providing more information about former members