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Seated in the barracks guardroom, Private Laidler wears an fragmentation vest or ﬂak jacket, a 1944 pattern steel helmet fitted with face visor, and an anti-gas respirator, while cradling his L1A1 Self-Loading Rifle (SLR). Laidler’s weapon is ﬁtted with a SUIT (Sight Unit Infantry Trilux) sight, as an aid to marksmanship in poor visibility. It became common practice in Northern Ireland to loop one end of the rifle sling around the wrist, to prevent the weapon from being snatched during a riot.
oil on board
H 122.7 x W 122.2 cm
gift from the artist, 1989