Non-Commissioned Officer, Irish Brigade,
German Army, 1917
In an attempt to harness Irish nationalism,
Irishmen seeking a free Ireland and sympathetic to serving with the Germans
were sought in prisoner of war camps. A number of men came forward and they
were organised into an Irish Brigade. An example of the proposed uniform was
on display at the National Museum in Dublin (I believe).
Headdress – German style peaked cap of grey green material. It has a dark
green band and crown piping. The peak and chin strap were black leather.
Tunic – Grey green cloth with dark green facings cloth as a tab on the
collar ends, on the shoulder straps and on the pointed cuffs. The latter
extended up to form a shamrock in facing cloth, with a brass button near the
point. The external chest pockets had three pointed flaps, as did the
internal hip pockets. The latter, however, were placed at a slant like those
of the M15 Bluse. Brass buttons closed the front.
Rank was indicated using German style gilt lace chevrons, but in the British
fashion, and by the addition of a line of gilt piping at the base of the
Legwear – Grey green breeches with a thin green welt down the side seams,
tucked into brown leather marching boots.
Equipment – German brown leather waist belt with rectangular clasp.
Officers’ uniforms were of a finer, and lighter shade
I do not believe this uniform was worn in combat, nor were many produced.
do not believe the Brigade was considered a success by the Germans.