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    To be fair, during the Emergency we were dressed the same as most other European armies, and armed with the same weapons, as finance allowed.

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    Ah, i know, but jodhpurs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoneToTheCanner View Post
    Ah, i know, but jodhpurs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldie fish View Post
    Patton.
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    Ah, i know, but jodhpurs
    Shh! or RDFRA might get them along with sam brownes and swords!
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    It always struck me as strange that were everything including material was in short supply jodhpurs were issued.

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    Knowing the way we done things, They were possibly left over in stores from the British army times. Of all the shortages, uniforms was never one of them, and there were many irish based companies providing uniforms to the BA and others. There was a famous outfitters in limerick that were known for specialising in uniforms.
    There was never, in ireland, a shortage of linen or wool.

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    Jodhpurs, though, of all things. apart from the obvious thing of seperating ranks, taking light coloured pants out into combat smacks of the French in their light-blue in WW 1. I can just imagine a sniper having a field day picking off the guys in the white pants. It seems like the concept of a battle uniform hadn't reached the upper echelons of the Army, despite it being the fourth year of a global war.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoneToTheCanner View Post
    Jodhpurs, though, of all things. apart from the obvious thing of seperating ranks, taking light coloured pants out into combat smacks of the French in their light-blue in WW 1. I can just imagine a sniper having a field day picking off the guys in the white pants. It seems like the concept of a battle uniform hadn't reached the upper echelons of the Army, despite it being the fourth year of a global war.
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    Breeches were worn by all ranks when wearing leggings and not just by officers. On the ground all ranks wore the same uniform regardless of rank.

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    Irish officers wore light coloured leggings or jodhpurs in the fine tradition of French officers like General Murat who wore them to draw enemy fire. True story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldie fish View Post
    Knowing the way we done things, They were possibly left over in stores from the British army times. Of all the shortages, uniforms was never one of them, and there were many irish based companies providing uniforms to the BA and others. There was a famous outfitters in limerick that were known for specialising in uniforms.
    There was never, in ireland, a shortage of linen or wool.
    Peter Tait & Co. made uniforms for many armies including the Confederate Army during the American civil war.

    http://irishamericancivilwar.com/201...erick-ireland/

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    Thanks sluggie, couldn't think of their name.

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    60 Pounder Shoot


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    "Artillery Shoot from the Archives"


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    At 56 secs and 1.05 the loaders appear to be prepping an anti tank round (long rod penetrator) ? I didn't know they existed for the French 75mm. Does anyone have any other information on this or is it an entirely different round ?

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    Hi there,
    It could be part of fuse-setting equipment as the handler appears to be tightening the fuse into the round. I think the Germans were the only ones with dedicated anti-tank rounds for the French 75. There is a functioning 75 on loan to the Dromod museum.

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    I've been informed by a former Gunner in the 42nd Bty who fired the 75's in the Glen in 1958 (!) that it was indeed an anti tank round and that they did an Anti Tank practice using the 75 on the old AT range with the motorised wooden tank targets that were operational in the Glen at the time. Unfortunately he had no further data on the round itself.

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    I've been informed by a former Gunner in the 42nd Bty who fired the 75's in the Glen in 1958 (!) that it was indeed an anti tank round and that they did an Anti Tank practice using the 75 on the old AT range with the motorised wooden tank targets that were operational in the Glen at the time. Unfortunately he had no further data on the round itself
    Waste of AT ammo, solid shot would have the same effect on wood.
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    "EX Loch Gertain July 1999

    A large Defence Forces exercise took place in the Loch Gertain area of Donegal involving 600 troops. Also involved was the Naval Service flagship Le Eithne, which transported some of the troops."

    http://youtu.be/rNox5w1imqw
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    An RTE news report from Cyprus in 1964.

    http://www.rte.ie/archives/2013/0305...ish-in-cyprus/

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    Who copped the Humber Pig at the front of the column.?
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    Who copped the Humber Pig at the front of the column.?
    It was mentioned in the video. Ten Humber APCs were on loan to the Irish Inf Gp.

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    Looking at the reg on the landrover, was that borrowed as well?

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    Looking at the reg on the landrover, was that borrowed as well?
    Yes, 23 Land Rovers were on loan too.

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    Irish troops deployed without magazines on their weapons??

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