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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.


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.