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)
Mounted Knight gear, Siege of Jerusalem (1244)
Longbowman gear, Battle of Agincourt (1415)
Yorkist man-at-arms gear, Battle of Bosworth Field (1485)
Caliverman gear, Tilbury (1588)
New Model Army musketeer gear, Battle of Naseby (1645)
Private Sentinel gear, Battle of Malplaquet (1709)
Private Soldier gear, Battle of Waterloo (1815)
Rifle Brigade gear, Battle of Alma (1854)
Private Soldier gear, Battle of the Somme (1916)
Parachute Regiment gear, Battle of Arnhem (1944)
Royal Marine Commando gear, Falklands War (1982)
Royal Engineers gear (2014)
You can follow the detailed list of equipment by following this link.