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July 10, 2017

Soldiers' Inventories: Incredible Images Showcase All the Stuff Soldiers Have Carried in Battle, From 1066 to 2014

Thom Atkinson, a U.K. photographer, spent nine months working on an incredibly detailed and interesting project, titled Soldiers’ Inventories. It consists of 13 photographs, each depicting the weapons, clothing, armor, and personal items that British soldiers have worn in battle over the course of 1,000 years.

The series starts with the Battle of Hastings, which took place in 1066, and ends in 2014, with the gear of the Royal Engineers, based in the Helmand Providence. Shields, chainmail, yo-yos, checkers, gas masks, guns and more make an appearance over the incredibly thorough collection of battle gear used over the course of the past millennium.

“The Anglo-Saxon warrior at Hastings is perhaps not so very different from the British ‘Tommy’ in the trenches,’ he said. “There’s a spoon in every picture. I think that’s wonderful. The requirement of food, and the experience of eating, hasn’t changed in 1,000 years. It’s the same with warmth, water, protection, entertainment.”

1066 – Huscarl, Battle of Hastings



1244 – Mounted Knight, Siege of Jerusalem



1415 – Archer, Battle of Agincourt



1485 – Yorkist Man-at-Arms, Battle of Bosworth Field



1588 – Caliverman, Tilbury



1645 – New Model Army Musketeer, Battle of Naseby



1709 – Private Sentinel, Battle of Malplaquet



1815 – Private Soldier, Battle of Waterloo



1854 – Private Soldier, Rifle Brigade, Battle of Alma



1916 – Private Soldier, Battle of the Somme



1944 – Lance Corporal, Parachute Regiment, Battle of Arnhem



1982 – Royal Marine Commando, Falklands War



2014 – Close-Support Sapper, Royal Engineers, Helmand Province


(Images: Thom Atkinson/Gallery Stock)

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