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The Gear Soldiers Have Carried, From Medieval to Modern Times [PICS]

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These photographs of soldiers’ kits from the middle ages to modern day provide a unique glimpse into the daily life of war.

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Thom Atkinson

 

Photographer Thom Atkinson neatly organised and documented these collections for his Soldiers’ Inventories series. While the weapons of war have evolved dramatically over the past millennium, the simple necessities that soldiers carry, such as spoons, have not. “The fact that certain objects recur is more fascinating than the ones that evolve,” said Atkinson.

To compile each collection, Atkinson visited with historical war reenactors who collect this kind of stuff. Atkinson said arranging the kits was “a lot like playing Tetris.” The neatly organised collections provide a quick history lesson in how warfare has changed through the years.

Click through the slideshow to view each of soldiers’ kits.

[H/T] The Telegraph

Norse Houscarl, Battle of Hastings 1066

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Mounted Knight, Siege of Jerusalem 1244

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Fighting Archer, Battle of Agincourt 1415

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Yorkist Man at Arms, Battle of Bosworth 1485

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Trainband Caliverman, Tilbury 1588

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New Model Army Muskateer, 1645

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Private Soldier, Battle of Waterloo 1815

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Private Solider, Battle of Alma 1854

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Sergeant, Battle of Somme, 1916

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Lance corporal, Parachute Brigade, Battle of Arnhem 1944

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Royal Marine Commando, Falklands Conflict 1982

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Royal Engineers, Helmand Province 2014

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The Gear Soldiers Have Carried, From Medieval to Modern Times [PICS]