Photographer Captures Military Kits Through The Ages: From The Battle Of Hastings To Helmand – Design You Trust

Photographer Captures Military Kits Through The Ages: From The Battle Of Hastings To Helmand


Photographs by Thom Atkinson of military kit through the ages suggest that while technology evolves apace, the experience of soldiers in the face of war is unchanging.


1244 mounted knight, Siege of Jerusalem: The small white cloth (above shield) shows the soldier’s personal effects: snips for cutting small items; a leather box of needles; a roll of thread, a fire steel and a shard of flint for sparks. The cloth itself could be used for tinder to start fires.


Longbowman, 1415


1485 Yorkist man-at-arms, Battle of Bosworth: The sword blade was stamped with a maker’s mark. A dagger called a misericorde (above sword) could be used to kill a dying comrade on the battlefield more quickly by stabbing him under the left armpit to the heart or through the eyes to the brain.


New Model Army musketeer 1645


Private, 1709


1815 private soldier, Battle of Waterloo: Shoes (left) made of leather with the rough side facing out were straight-lasted, so there was no right or left shoe; soldiers would swap them around to prevent excessive wear on one side. Games (centre) included draughts, cards and a yo-yo.



1944 lance corporal, Parachute Brigade, Battle of Arnhem: Two kinds of hand grenade were issued (bottom): the No 36 Mills grenade used in the First World War and the No 69 made from Bakelite, which caused less collateral damage. The Sten Mark V submachine gun was first issued in 1944.


2014 close-support sapper, Royal Engineers, Helmand Province: Sandals (top right) are issued kit, as soldiers may need to run to cover even while showering. Ballistic protection (centre) for the groin is very restrictive but a life-saving piece of equipment. An iPad Mini (bottom left) is not issued but most soldiers take a tablet for down time.

Source: The Telegraph

If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

Sensual and Surreal Fine Art Photography by Oleg Oprisco
Street Fashion And Lifestyle Female Portrait Photography By Iván Olivares
Rare 'Flying Rainbow' Spotted over Southern China
The Pro Tip Of How To Create A Sexy Picture By The Pool
Photographer Michal Pudelka
Grotesque, Occult, and Bizarre Images by William Mortensen, the Forgotten Hollywood Photographer
Fascinating Photo Manipulations And Advertising Photography By Christophe Huet
Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings Series Unveils Superb Character Posters
A Road From The Eye To The Heart: Ephemeral Tales Of A Dreamy Roaming In Stunning Photographs Of Vianditya Dewanata
Glamorous Photos That Show The Entire 1979 Victoria's Secret Catalog
Fascinating Photographs Of The World's Biggest Albino Family
Artist Replaces Billboards With Photos Of The Landscapes They’re Blocking
Fascinating Photographs Capture Daily Life In Russia Just After The Collapse Of The Soviet Union
Photographer Spots Patterns And Shapes In Everyday Life, Creates Beautiful Minimal Photos
Controversial Photos Inside The Homes Of Russia's Ultrarich Show The Country's Problem With Wealth Inequality
Life in the Past Through Stunning Color Photos Captured by Fred Herzog
Mo Farah Running Away from Things
Spectacular Winning Photos of The 2022 Underwater Photographer of the Year
Haunted Faces Of The World War One Brought To Life In Striking Colorized Images By Mario Unger
Daredevil Photographer Escapes Security Guards To Climb Up The World's Most Famous Buildings
Catching a Ride
"The Agony & The Ecstasy": Wild Photos Of Young Lovers Getting Off With One Another In The 1990s
25 Of The World’s Best Drone Photos Of 2018
Fifteen Young Women About to Break the World Record for Passengers in a Mini, 1966