These photographs of soldiers’ kits from the middle ages to modern day provide a unique glimpse into the daily life of war.
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
Mounted Knight, Siege of Jerusalem 1244