Catalogue description War Office: Directorate of Signals: Papers

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Details of WO 244
Reference: WO 244
Title: War Office: Directorate of Signals: Papers

Unregistered papers of the directorate, mostly relating to particular operations, including Operation Overlord and the crossing of the Rhine, and to particular countries, during the Second World War.

Date: 1936-1950
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See also the Defence Signals Staff registered files in


Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

War Office, Directorate of Signals, 1941-1955

Physical description: 165 files and papers
Administrative / biographical background:

A Directorate of Signals was formed in January 1941 as part of the Department of the Chief of the Imperial General Staff and was responsible for signal equipment, signal planning, cipher policy and security, field force and line equipment, wireless services and the Army Pigeon Service.

The Director of Signals represented the War Office on the Imperial Communications Committee, Wireless Telegraphy Board, London Communications Committee and the Defence Services Line Telecommunications Board.

In 1955 the Director was re-designated Signal Officer-in-Chief, and a new Director of Telecommunications was appointed.

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