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Military kit through the ages: from the Battle of Hastings to Helmand. 1709 was a fabulous year, but the rest was pretty cool.

Military kit through the ages: from the Battle of Hastings to Helmand

Military kit through the ages: from the Battle of Hastings to Helmand. 1709 was a fabulous year, but the rest was pretty cool.

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WWI. A French postman delivers mail to the troops, an illustration by Fortunino Matania.

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WWI; "Christmas at the Front - Unpacking the parcels from home" - ©Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans/yooniq

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The Largest Naval Sea Battles in Military History Infographic

French grenadier and his sentry dog, Aisne Front, France, World War I.

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WWI, 1916; Wounded British and German soldiers waiting to be evacuated, Battle of the Somme, circa September 1916

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Probably the best picture I've ever seen of planes and ships during WW II. Wow.

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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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PICTURES FROM HISTORY: Rare Images Of War, History , WW2, Nazi Germany: Eastern Front (Russian Front) Second World War: 1945: The Last Months Of the War

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