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    Quote Originally Posted by GoneToTheCanner View Post
    ......which equated to about a sixth of the ultimate total of troop numbers during the Emergency. The event was designed to test the abilities under field conditions and it did just that. I'd love to read the post event assessments.
    At the peak, the DF had approx 41,000 plus 106,000 LDF

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    To put it into perspective, Before the Single Force integration, there was the reorg. Prior to the reorg, there was the FCA. The FCA made infantry companies from units that were LDF Battalions during the Emergency. Every large town in Ireland had some form of LDF unit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoneToTheCanner View Post
    My grandfather took part. He said that it was based on the premise that the Germans had landed on the South coast and were making for Dublin. His opinion was that it took a year to plan and prepare and that they stripped out every usable vehicle, gun and piece of kit from every other unit to make it work and that it burned the fuel supply for a peacetime year. It opened a lot of eyes to the actual ability of the Army to defend the State from external aggression and the ability of the state to supply it's own Army. More than a few noses were out of joint afterwards.
    Things haven't changed. A BN ex requires the same level of stripping of equipment from the entire army to allow it to run. Tokenism alive and well

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    Dauphin Replace Alouettes 1987
    An RTE News report broadcast on 28 August 1987.


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    Joint Naval Air Exercise 1987
    An RTE News report broadcast on 2 September 1987.


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    I notice the CoS in the second video, then just a young officer aboard Eithne.
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    Frank Russell, a gentleman.

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    Irish Defence Forces intervene to end protest by fishermen blocking Dublin Port over ban on herring fishing.

    "The Defence Forces and the Gardaí moved in to end the fishermen’s two-day blockade of Dublin Port which seriously disrupted both commercial shipping and passenger ferries. The fishermen were protesting for a lifting of a Common Market ban on herring fishing."




    "Members of the Irish Army on Dublin’s South Wall (1982)"

    An RTE News report broadcast on 21 October 1982.

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    ARW on the Aisling.
    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
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    A number of RTE news reports from 1985.

    Irish Troops Attacked At UN Post


    UNIFIL Lebanon Peace Keeping


    Irish Troops Lebanon UN Duty


    Army Display Cork 800


    New Dauphin Helicopter

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    Jaysus that Cork 800 video takes me back.Thanks for making me feel ancient Rhodes
    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
    -- Field Marshall Earl Wavell.1948

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    As a child I too attended the Tattoo at Cork 800. A great display it was. No doubt Apod was only there is the pram, young fella that he is.
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    I was there too as a young fella

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    1985...year I joined up!!!!
    Time for another break I think......

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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmit� View Post
    As a child I too attended the Tattoo at Cork 800. A great display it was. No doubt Apod was only there is the pram, young fella that he is.
    I was 10 ya langer.
    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
    -- Field Marshall Earl Wavell.1948

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    https://www.rte.ie/archives/2017/010...ies-snowed-in/

    Air Corps delivering supplies to cut off communities in Wicklow in 1982.
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    A number of RTE news reports from 1986.

    Army Move Fodder


    Army Deliver Cattle Fodder


    Border Security Exercise


    Army Clear Rubbish


    Workers Stop Army Clearing Rubbish


    Army Clean Streets


    Army Shooting Competitons


    LÉ Eithne Leaves For USA


    New Helicopters For Air Corps


    Border Security Increased

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    "they replace the alouettes which for 20 years have carried out search and rescue missions etc...." oh how i laughed at that one!
    "He is an enemy officer taken in battle and entitled to fair treatment."
    "No, sir. He's a sergeant, and they don't deserve no respect at all, sir. I should know. They're cunning and artful, if they're any good. I wouldn't mind if he was an officer, sir. But sergeants are clever."

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    The scope on the FN - whats the story with that? Were they used by spotters? I thought everyone would have just been using the iron sights in the shooting comps?
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    They were used in the Individual sniper competition. The FN was actualy considered a snipers weapon for a period of time, until the AI92 was introduced. Strangely we never used the Lee enfield sniper rifle in 7.62mm.
    The current FN FAL with scope is far more accurate than the FAL with scope seen there. The top slide cover is not a good place to mount optics.
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    As a trade union member I always thought it was disgusting using soldiers as scabs. Not blaming the troops who have no choice but the government.

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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    As a trade union member I always thought it was disgusting using soldiers as scabs. Not blaming the troops who have no choice but the government.
    It’s maintenance of essential services

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeV View Post
    It’s maintenance of essential services
    In which case why don't they introduce legislation prohibiting the people who provide the services from striking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bravo20 View Post
    In which case why don't they introduce legislation prohibiting the people who provide the services from striking?

    Well according to the EU even the military have the right to strike

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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    As a trade union member I always thought it was disgusting using soldiers as scabs. Not blaming the troops who have no choice but the government.
    It was completely inappropriate use of the DF. Most were covering for strikers who were earning far more than they ever would.
    I don't know of any other country where it happens, apart from covering emergency services.
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