Photos showcase the evolution of military gear from 11th – 21st century

Mounted-Knight-gear-Siege-of-Jerusalem-1244

War is eternal – Thom Atkinson’s painstakingly recreated work gives a profound meaning to the grim statement. The photographer’s ‘Soldiers Inventories’ series covers around a 1,000 years of military equipment from Britain, with the fascinating photos showcasing a myriad of authentic gears – ranging from the ones used in the momentous Battle of Hastings in 1066 to the present day tech-fueled accessories carried by soldiers in 2014.

On closer inspection, a startling revelation comes out to the surface – many of the basic items like the spoons and the cups have not changed that much over the course of the millennium. Of course, many of weapons and armaments have dramatically evolved, with axes giving way to muskets and finally automatic rifles, while the heavy chain-mails have morphed into efficient bulletproof vests.

And, in case the purist side of you is a tad skeptical, all of these military gears and contraptions have been have been furnished with the dedicated aid of historians, re-enactors, antique collectors and even real soldiers.

Huscarl gear, Battle of Hastings (1066 AD)

Huscarl-gear-Battle-of-Hastings-1066

Mounted Knight gear, Siege of Jerusalem (1244 AD)

Mounted-Knight-gear-Siege-of-Jerusalem-1244

Longbowman gear, Battle of Agincourt (1415 AD)

Longbowman-gear-Battle-of-Agincourt-1415

Yorkist man-at-arms gear, Battle of Bosworth Field (1485 AD)

Yorkist-man-at-arms-gear-Battle-of-Bosworth-Field-1485

Caliverman gear, Tilbury (1588 AD)

Caliverman-gear-Tilbury-1588

New Model Army musketeer gear, Battle of Naseby (1645 AD)

New-Model-Army-musketeer-gear-Battle-of-Naseby-1645

Private Sentinel gear, Battle of Malplaquet (1709 AD)

Private-Sentinel-gear-Battle-of-Malplaquet-1709

Private Soldier gear, Battle of Waterloo (1815 AD)

Private-Soldier-gear-Battle-of-Waterloo-1815

Rifle Brigade gear, Battle of Alma (1854 AD)

Rifle-Brigade-gear-Battle-of-Alma-1854

Private Soldier gear, Battle of the Somme (1916)

Private-Soldier-gear-Battle-of-the-Somme-1916

Parachute Regiment gear, Battle of Arnhem (1944)

Parachute-Regiment-gear-Battle-of-Arnhem-1944

Royal Marine Commando gear, Falklands War (1982)

Royal-Marine-Commando-gear-Falklands-War-1982

Royal Engineers gear (2014)

Royal-Engineers-gear-2014

Source: Telegraph

  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
        ROH Subscription

To join over 2,300 other subscribers, simply provide your email address: