Private, Infantry, Free State, 1927
Whilst the new Free State army owned much to
their British forebears, they cut a distinctly different style.
Headdress Mild steel helmet based on the German M16 design but
manufactured by Vickers in England. This was painted black and had the army
badge fixed to the front. It has a brown leather chinstrap.
A soft-crowned peaked cap was generally worn.
Jacket Grey green serge with a stand collar and four external pockets.
Each has a three point flap, but only the chest pockets have pleats. Corps
badges were attached to the ends of the collar. Brass buttons closed the
Legwear Flared grey green breeches tucked in to ruby brown leather
leggings worn over ankle boots.
Equipment British 1908 pattern webbing equipment coloured black. Over this
is worn a British gasmask in its haversack, worn in the alert position.
Weapon Calibre 0.303in Short Magazine Lee Enfield Mk.III and bayonet. The
latter hangs from the waist belt behind the left hip in its black webbing