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‘Soldiers’ Inventories’ Photo Series Details 1,000 Years of Gear Worn in War

Huscarl, Battle of Hastings, 1066

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 time.

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.

Take a look below to view the remainder of the collection that Atkinson was kind enough to share with us.

Mounted Knight, Siege of Jerusalem, 1244

Mounted Knight, Siege of Jerusalem, 1244

Fighting Archer, Battle of Agincourt, 1415

Fighting Archer, Battle of Agincourt, 1415

Yorkist Man at Arms, Battle of Bosworth, 1485

Yorkist Man at Arms, Battle of Bosworth, 1485

Trained Band Caliverman, Tilbury, 1588

Trained Band Caliverman, Tilbury, 1588

New Model Army Musketeer, Battle of Naseby, 1645

New Model Army Musketeer, Battle of Naseby, 1645

Private Sentinel, Battle of Malplaquet, 1709

Private Sentinel, Battle of Malplaquet, 1709

Private Soldier, Battle of Waterloo, 1815

Private Soldier, Battle of Waterloo, 1815

Private Soldier, Rifle Brigade, Battle of the Alma, 1854

Private Soldier, Rifle Brigade, Battle of the Alma, 1854

Private Soldier, Battle of the Somme, 1916

Private Soldier, Battle of the Somme, 1916

Lance Corporal, Parachute Brigade, Battle of Arnhem, 1944

Lance Corporal, Parachute Brigade, Battle of Arnhem, 1944

Royal Marine Commando, Falklands Conflict, 1982

Royal Marine Commando, Falklands Conflict, 1982

Close Support Sapper, Royal Engineers, Helmand Province, 2014

Close Support Sapper, Royal Engineers, Helmand Province, 2014

To take a look at the full inventory of each image, you can head on over to The Telegraph’s coverage of the series. If you’d like to check out more of his work, you can keep up with Atkinson over on his website.

(via Laughing Squid)


Image credits: Photographs via Thom Atkinson/Gallery Stock and used with permission


 
  • Rob Elliott

    Interesting article. Glad to see the telegraph has no idea what a private is. At least two of those uniforms were for NCOs.

  • Rob S

    Mine looked a lot like the last one with one addition – Pentax K200D, DA 55-300, DA 50-200WR, DA 35. FA 50 in a Kata bag.

  • maverickmage

    Your chiropractor must be making a fortune off of you.

  • Fra Lippi

    I’m pretty sure when he said “private soldier” he meant it as synonymous with common soldier, as opposed to officer.

  • Rob S

    Full gear weighed more than 55lbs (25kg). 8lbs of rifle, 2lbs of pistol and then my Kata 213 filled with glass and my beloved K200D.

  • docholliday666

    “Any man with a collection like this is a man who’s never set foot on a battlefield. To him a minié ball from Shiloh is just an artifact. But to a combat vet, it’s a hunk of metal that caused some poor bastard a world of pain.”

  • Rob Elliott

    Lance Corporal is used, if “common Soilder” is what is meant, then Infantry Solider is what it should read. Either way.. the Telegraph clearly has no idea what a private is.