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    I love these archive films.
    All the sound effects seem to be made by drums.
    The "old soldier" in the film is Frank Aiken.

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    Is there someway of dating this film clip (by uniform,helmet etc) ?

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    Going by the Bren gun and boyes Anti tank rifle around 1939, the Bren was introduced by the British in 1937' and we got it two years afterwards.

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    Bravo20 your link sends me to the Miliary Archives home page ?

    ATB Kevin

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    Yes but it should show a recruitment poster with soldiers in a similar uniform to those in the film clip, archives reckon the poster is dated 1935. Paul G's comment about the Bren will help narrow it down even further, then when you add that to the fact that they are wearing German style coal scuttle helmets in the clip and the army wore the "Tommy" style helmets during the Emergency, then it is likely to be around 1938/39

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    Dail debate from 1940 on defence

    www://oireachtasdebates.oireachtas.ie/debates%20authoring/DebatesWebPack.nsf/takes/dail1940042500009?opendocument&highlight=bren%20gun

    Now, as the Minister himself pointed out to the Dáil, he was circumscribed [1827] in his efforts by the financial resources of the country and he had to be content with gradual and systematic achievement spread over a number of years. This is reflected by the Estimates for the succeeding years. Thus, in 1935 the Estimate for warlike stores was increased to £104,380. In 1936 it amounted to £71,475. In 1937 the figure reached was £160,683. In 1938 the sum was £137,125. Towards the end of 1937, that twofold object had been achieved. Sufficient reserve stocks of ammunition and of primary weapons had been accumulated in accordance with the plans. The general staff after due investigation had been satisfied that the best modern weapons were the Bren gun, a CzechoSlovakian invention, the Bofors anti-aircraft gun, a Swedish product, the Brandt mortar, manufactured in France, and the Landsverk armoured car, also a Swedish product. Meanwhile, sufficient quantities of these weapons had been ordered and delivered to familiarise instructors and, through them, the N.C.O.s and other ranks of the Army with their handling and operation.

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    Archive video of the Military Tattoo and Exhibition at the RDS in Dublin 27th August - 8th September 1945.


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    Archive video of S+T.


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    Love the mess stewards tunic.

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    Blackwater Exercise (17 August - 27 September 1942)


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    What truck is that pulling the artillery piece (25 pounder?) across the bridge near the end?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tempest View Post
    What truck is that pulling the artillery piece (25 pounder?) across the bridge near the end?
    18 Pounder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tempest View Post
    What truck is that pulling the artillery piece (25 pounder?) across the bridge near the end?
    Morris C8 Quad FAT.

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    Anybody spot any Beaverettes in the clip?

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    Quote Originally Posted by danno View Post
    Anybody spot any Beaverettes in the clip?
    They didn't get the Beaverettes until 1943.

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    Following the Blackwater exercise, the units involved marched through the Streets of Cork City, where the salute was taken by Dev

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    Note the Lewis Guns,too.
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    Remarkable footage - daft question, but the helmets seems very light coloured compared to the uniforms - would that have been he same for UK troops of the time, or was it down to different kit?

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    Original helmet colour was more grey than green.

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    You gotta love the jodhpurs. Cutting-edge battledress...Not! Let's wear a light-coloured pair of pants in combat. Quartermaster, load the trucks with Omo, we are going into action. Have we enough clean jocks? Have we canvas tilts for the trucks in case it rains? Nah, who cares?! We look cool and that's all that matters.

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    Well done Archives. Great Stuff!

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    The GoH under the reviewing stand was provided by the Local LDF unit (which became B Coy 23rd Bn, and later an element of 34RIB). The experience of those in the GoH is detailed in the book "Bullswool Batallions". The main advice given was not to look at the wheels of the trucks as they passed by. If you did, falling down followed soon after.

    Interesting also to see the "Prams" being pushed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoneToTheCanner View Post
    You gotta love the jodhpurs. Cutting-edge battledress...Not! Let's wear a light-coloured pair of pants in combat. Quartermaster, load the trucks with Omo, we are going into action. Have we enough clean jocks? Have we canvas tilts for the trucks in case it rains? Nah, who cares?! We look cool and that's all that matters.
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    In fairness I am sure that this battledress was not selected by chioce. You work with what you have and aspire to better. Remember we did not get combat uniforms until 1972. Prior to that border patrols, check points etc. were carried out in Sam Brownes, SD 1's etc. At the risk of using undiplomatic language I will say no more!

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