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.
Knee-deep in mud: Wading through a trench on the Somme are Major Beauchamp Magrath (left) of the East Lancashire Regiment, killed on June and Captain Paul Hammond, right, who died on February The other two soldiers are not identified.