An official photo describing the kit of a British infantryman in 1939. Note that the gas mask ('respirator') and anti-chemical warfare cape are parts of the outfit, remnants of WW1 memories. In actual combat, and marching with full kit, the British infantryman would carry a pack known as a "valise" that contained more clothing and personal items. Officers wore the exact same uniform save for markings of their rank.

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British soldier with fixed bayonet, First World War, 1914-1918.

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Michelle MC, bravest girl in the Army

A teenage army medic has become the first woman to be awarded the Military Cross, one of the highest honours for gallantry in combat. Private Michelle Norris, 19, braved a hail of sniper and machine-gun fire from 200 insurgents during a pitched battle in southern Iraq in order to give lifesaving treatment to a wounded comrade.

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It's a girl's life in the Army! Portraits from the Afghan frontline show how female troops are winning hearts and minds in Afghanistan

Captain Alice Homer is an officer with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. She has just spent six months running a small section of soldiers in Camp Bastion

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A British Grant tank, whose crew has just painted the name 'Atlanta' on its turret, 10 September 1942.

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Alix Baker Postcard - AB28/7 Corporal (Medical Assistant), Royal Army Medical Corps, South Georgia 1982

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The VC heroes 'forgotten' by Whitehall

The first day of the Battle of the Somme was the bloodiest in the history of the British Army – and one which saw several acts of great bravery. By the end of July 1 1916, ten Victoria Crosses had been won.

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The evolution of British Army equipment through 100 years of conflict; from 1914 to 2014. Since the First World War, the British soldiers' personal kit has continuously improved to meet the new challenges of warfare. To commemorate the centenary of WW1, see how equipment capabilities through through major conflicts compare and take a look at future military technology.

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