‘F’ Squadron G.H.Q. Liaison Regiment or S.A.S. Phantom was attached to the Special Air Service Brigade to provide communications support in operations in France and beyond in February 1944. Maj. Hon. JJ Astor commanded this Squadron.

The role was to (i) provide parachute patrols and later small detachments in Europe (ii) manage the SAS Brigade Signals Office (iii) prepare communications plans for operations and brief parties before infiltration (iv) instruct SAS Brigade Regiments in wireless and cipher (v) equip S.A.S. parties with correct communications equipment before infiltration (vi) man S.A.S. Brigade base sets for daily communications to individual Regiments on exercise and operations (vii) man the BBC Announcer to those operating in France and beyond.

Field Marshal Montgomery meeting SAS Phantom [© IWM H 37835]

Currently gathering material on the subject for further lectures and a publication.