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These Pictures Show Exactly How British Soldiers' Kit Has Changed Over The Last 1,000 Years

While almost every item has changed, a few have remained the same across centuries.

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Thom Atkinson's photo project looks at the equipment carried by the common soldier over the last 1,000 years, tracing its development from the Battle of Hastings to modern-day Afghanistan.

1. Huscarl, Battle of Hastings, 1066

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Soldiers in 1066 carried a variety of weapons for different purposes, but also had keepsakes such as dice and, most interestingly, a spoon. Every British soldier's kit featured in Atkinson's project includes a spoon.

3. Fighting archer, Battle of Agincourt, 1415

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One British tactic that came to the fore at Agincourt was the planting of wooden stakes to defend against cavalry, hence these wooden stakes.

8. Private soldier, Battle of the Somme, 1916

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The original project was inspired by the returning of Captain Charles Sorley's WWI kit bag, containing his possessions. The survey of kits explores the combination of soldiers' gear further.

10. Close-support sapper, Helmand Province, 2014

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The number of items has become much higher as technological improvements allow for lighter gear.

But there's still a spoon.

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