Army Equipment


This page will give some details of the basic equipment used by the Irish Army during the Emergency period.    At the end of the page can be found a list of weaphons holdings for the emergency period.


Infantry Equipment


Small arms and Support weapons
Lee-Enfield .303 Rifle - The standard weapon of the infantry.
Springfield .300 rifle - Stocks of this weapon were received from the US in 1940 and were distributed to the LDF for use. Main problem with this weapon was a lack of ammunition for the type.
Vickers .303 Medium MG - The standard heavy machine gun of the battalions.
Light MG's:
Mortars
Boyes 0.55" Anti tank rifle - This large calibre weapon constituted the armies only anti armour weapon in any numbers, a weapon which was useless against all but light armour.

Artillery

18 Pounder
3.7 Inch
4.5 Inch
75mm


__________ITEM__________ Holdings 31/03/1940 Rec'd 40/41 Rec'd 41/42 Rec'd 42/43 Rec'd 43/44 Rec'd 44/45 Total Notes
0.303" Lee-Enfield Rifle 42413 0 0 0 0 0 42413 Inf - Standard Infantry Weaphon
0.300" USA Rifles 0 19971 0 0 0 0 19971 Inf - Issued mainly to LDF
81mm Brandt mortar 48 0 0 0 0 0 48 Inf
60mm Brandt mortar 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 Inf
3" Mortar 0 0 0 0 50 0 50 Inf
0.5" Vickers MG 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 Inf
0.303" Vickers MG 478 30 0 0 0 0 508 Inf
0.303" Lewis LMG 803 0 0 0 0 0 803 Inf
0.303" Hotchkiss LMG 44 200 24 0 0 0 268 Inf
0.303" Bren LMG 103 150 0 0 0 0 253 Inf
0.450" Thompson SMG 21 0 0 99 3 0 123 Inf
9mm Bergmann SMG 14 0 0 0 1 0 15 Inf
9mm Neuhausen SMG 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 Inf
0.55" Boyes AT Rifle 41 100 0 0 0 0 141 Inf
Verey pistols 1640 0 0 0 0 0 1640 Inf
Automatic Pistols 1500 0 0 0 0 0 1500 Inf
Revolvers 5227 100 0 0 0 0 5327 Inf
12pdr Naval & CDA 20 0 0 0 0 0 20 CDA and naval
9.2" CDA guns 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 CDA and naval
6" CDA guns 8 0 2 0 0 0 10 CDA and naval
60pdr CDA gun 0 0 2 4 0 0 6 CDA and naval
4.7" Naval 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 CDA and naval
3pdr Hotchkiss Naval 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 CDA and naval
18pdr gun 29 4 4 0 0 0 37 Artillary
75mm gun 0 0 12 0 0 0 12 Artillary
3.7" How 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 Artillary
4.5" How 14 4 0 20 0 0 38 Artillary
2pdr AT 1 0 0 6 0 0 7 Artillary
57mm AT 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 Artillary
20mm Madsen Cannon 17 0 0 0 0 0 17 Arm - Fitted to Landsverks & Leyland Armoured Cars
0.303" Madsen LMG 24 0 0 0 0 0 24 Arm - Fitted to Landsverks & Leyland Armoured Cars
3" - 20 cwt AA gun 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 AAA
3.7" AA gun 2 5 8 4 0 0 19 AAA
40mm Bofors AA guns 4 0 0 2 0 0 6 AAA
20mm Cannon (Air) 0 0 0 0 0 24 24 A - Fitted to Hurricane Fighters received by Aer Corps
0.303" Vickers MG (air) 19 0 6 0 0 0 25 A - Aer Corps Inventory
0.303" Lewis LMG (air) 20 0 6 10 0 0 36 A - Aer Corps Inventory
0.303" Browning (air) 44 0 0 0 0 0 44 A - Aer Corps Inventory