I've spent a good half-day trying to figure out what someone in the Provisional Irish Republic Army would wear around 1971 or 1972. Obviously this is in Ireland. I've googled pretty much everything I can think of with IRA, Provisional IRA, Uniforms, dress, etc, and haven't really gotten a definite answer.
The closest I can figure is that many of the people in PIRA started wearing Disruptive Pattern Material jackets pilfered from the UK later on, but since I'm looking at so close to the beginning of the Troubles, I'm not entirely sure that would be at all accurate.
I'd assume that whatever they wore while "On Duty" as such would probably be pretty mismatched, but as I was born way past the 1970s, and not in Ireland, I also really have no clue what kind of things short of various military uniforms would be worn. And since most of my knowledge of military uniforms comes from wikipedia or the internet, it's really not too complete.
Again, I'm not sure how sensitive an area I'm getting into here, but it would be pretty fantastic if anyone could give me some idea of what, I don't know, day-to-day fighting/combat would be early on during the Troubles. I'm aware of the general sense of bombings and sometimes riots breaking out, but I can't seem to find anything less vague.
So, uh, yeah. Sorry these are such vague questions. I don't think I ever got the Troubles in history class, and information on the internet seems lacking (Or at the least, I'm terrible at google-fu.)