Irish Army Camouflage Smock

Over the last couple of months we have looked at the Irish Army DPM shirt and trousers. These were usually worn with a smock, that is pretty scarce. Therefore I must thank my old friend Darren Pyper who has very kindly sent me photographs of his example to allow me to cover this on the blog. The design of the Irish DPM smock is clearly inspired by the British CS95 smock, but has plenty of unique features and is widely regarded as one of the best designs of smocks out there. As with the other items of Irish clothing it is in the nation’s unique camouflage pattern known as ‘paddyflage’:

One of the nicest features of this smock is that it is fully lined, in a plain mid green fabric:

Note also the zipped inner pocket on the right hand side:

The main breast pockets are voluminous and secured with Canadian style buttons, secured with pieces of tape:

A rank slide is worn on the centre of the chest, here for a captain:

A drawstring is fitted at the waist with a pair of sliders to hold the cord in to size:

Each cuff has an inner elasticated knitted portion to help retain heat within the smock to keep the wearer warm:

A small pocket is sewn to the sleeve, most likely for a first field dressing:

A small national tricolour flag is sewn to the opposite sleeve above a small pen pocket:

The smock has a well constructed hood, with strips of Velcro to help adjust it to better fit the head:

This is a very well thought out garment and I would love to add one to my own collection, but for now it has been great to be able to bring you this example, so big thanks to Darren.

2 comments

  1. Paddyflague? 35 years in Defense Forces and never heard that term used! Don’t know what country you are in nor do I care but I’m pretty certain that you are not supposed to be selling irish DPM clothing as it is in fact now stolen property if you have not been issued it and even if you have been your still in possession of stolen property. Also I find your use of the word Paddyflague insulting to that uniform.

    • It is perfectly legal to own in the UK and is sold by several surplus dealers, and on eBay over here. As for the term ‘Paddyflage’ it is a tongue in cheek reference and it regularly used by those in the British Army and some of my Irish friends to describe the camo. If you have not had a sense of humour bypass, I would refer you to ARRSEpedia’s description of the the pattern:

      Paddyflage

      AKA Irish DPM. Because it looks absolutely nothing like British DPM it is confused a lot with the French CCE. Superficially it similar to CCE to the un-initiated, in reality it shares roughly the same colours – and that’s about it. Paddyflage is the Irish Army’s answer to how to hide their ½ regiment of men in between topping up their tans on Peacekeeping duty somewhere nice and safe like Cyprus, topping up their tans somewhere not so nice but still fairly safe like the Lebanon or not nice but hot and safe like the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Irish army only wear Blue Battle Bowlers; so they might as well dress in shinny clothing so they can avoid the dangers of being knocked over by an African taxi taking their fellow UN soldiers to the nearest brothel…
      The interesting thing about Irish DPM is the rarity of it. It’s the Howard Hughes of camouflage; holed up in Las Vegas hotel room twitching and taking about germs and Freemason plots. Rare as rocking horse shit not only because the Irish Defence Force struggles for enough men to knock up a decent Polo team; but also because it is illegal to sell it in The Republic. The Irish government was rather reluctant to present the British with a Jus ad bellum by allowing the Provo’s to be caught cutting around the XMG in Irish Army uniform they bought on a market stall in Cork. In the 1960’s and 1970’s they thought it far more sporting to give them training camps and weapons instead. But since we’re all friends again, and the Provo’s started robbing Post Offices down South they’ve kept the ban.

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