Vintage Saturday: Big Boys Toy

Irish troops unpacking a new Boys Anti-Tank Rifle
I’m those helmets wouldn’t ever have become friendly fire magnets…

The Republic of Ireland opted to copy the German WWI Stahlhelm design rather than use British Brodie-style helmets. Until 1940, anyway, and I think it’s pretty clear why they changed. The rifle here, of course, is a MkI Boys Anti-Tank Rifle, which would prove to be passably effective only for about the first 18 months of the war in Europe.