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A description of a British soldier's equipment during 1916-18 showing how it adapted to suit the changing way the war was being fought
As the first world war progressed the British Army adapted its clothing and equipment to suit the changing way the war was being fought, especially in the trenches. Here I’m wearing a leather jerkin over my uniform, which offers better protection from the weather. My equipment’s mostly the same but it’s worn differently from the beginning of the war. The large pack, being too bulky for the trenches, is left behind the lines and in its place we carry a small pack with the mess tins fastened on the outside. We still wear a bayonet on our belts and carry a water bottle fastened to the cross straps here. My entrenching tool now hangs from the cross straps on the back and passes through the buckles on the rear of my belt, this offers me a bit of armoured protection over my bum. A tin hat has replaced my cap; it’s called a shrapnel helmet, and helps to protect my head. I also have a small box respirator now to protect me from a gas attack and we get to carry mills bombs and extra ammunition.
Uniforms & Equipment
WW1 British infantry soldier
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