"the Black and Tans"

Made up of World War I veterans, The Black and Tans was one of two newly-formed organisations employed by the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) in 1920-1921 to suppress revolution in Ireland. Its supposed target was the Irish Republican Army but it became notorious for its numerous attacks on Irish civilians. The group's name was established because there was a shortage of RIC uniforms, and they were instead issued with khaki army trousers and a dark green RIC or blue British police tunic, cap and belt. This mixture gave rise to the nickname the Black and Tans, from the name of a famous pack of foxhounds from Limerick, the Scarteen Black and Tans, who had a similar colouring.