Communication during World War One

In 1913, a Telegraph company was created in the Fortified Positions of Liège and Namur. After the mobilization, a new company was set up in the forts of Antwerp and the General Headquarters, the six army units as well as the Cavalry each had their own Telegraph section. Sections were transformed into platoons in January 1915 before becoming companies in January 1917.

After the creation of the Wireless Telegraph Service (TSF - Transmission sans fil) in February 1917, each large unit had a TSF section.

Transmission figures for World War One:

  • 1,962 telegraphers
  • 1,500 radio telegraphers
  • 600 transceivers
  • 5,340 kilometers of telephone wires were drawn
  • 4,900 telephones
  • 3,734 signal flags
  • 2,550 signal lamps