1916 private soldier, Battle of the Somme
A photographer, Thom Atkinson, has documented 13 military kits in a series called ‘Soldiers Inventories’. I’ve picked a few to share with you guys over a couple of posts so they can be enjoyed individually, in all their glory. It will also show which are the most popular kits.
By its very nature, war requires a soldier to be prepared for every possible eventuality. The sheer amount of gear that is demanded by this level of preparedness means good pack configuration is a necessity. It is really interesting to see how a soldiers carry has developed over time, so I encourage you all to check out the full set here.
- Hob nail boots
- Puttees (for binding trousers around lower legs)
- Shirt and vest
- Gas mask container
- Gas mask
- Non Commissioned ranks hat
- Notebook and service warrant card
- Battledress tunic – note stripes on sleeve denote rank
- Mess tins
- Tin opener and can of food, appears to be tinned stewed apple
- Oxo cubes
- Bar of chocolate
- Bar of soap
- Water flask
- Leather belt with leather pouches for kit
- Longjohn under garments, battledress trousers and braces
- Boot polish and two brushes
- Dog tags – imprinted with name, rank and service number
- Trench club – for breaking heavy ground for trenching into and for fighting the enemy at close quarters
- Entrenching tool handle; often the handle was customised with lumps of metal and made into a trench club
- Leather pouch for entrenching tool
- Field dressing
- Cigarettes and matches
- Mess kit containing knife, fork spoon, shaving brush, soap and brass button polisher (slid underneath battledress button to protect BD from polish)
- Gun oil
- Cloth for pull-through for cleaning barrels internally
- Ammunition belt, containing clips of bullets
- Penknife and pull through cord
- Entrenching tool spade; sometimes soldiers sharpened the edges of the spade and used these to fight
- Lee Enfield 303 bolt action rifle. It was developed at the beginning of the twentieth century as an attempt to create a standard rifle for both the infantry and soldiers on horseback. As it turned out it was ideally suited to conditions in the trenches – it wasn’t good at firing over long distances, but was really robust and could stand up to the mud. It was still used right up into the 1950s.
- Bayonet – to be attached to fore end of rifle
- Helmet – with cover
- Fob watch, personal effects. Officers tended to have pocket watches more so than infantry soldiers
- Coins – possibly local francs or similar, personal effects
- Scabbard for bayonet, worn on leather belt around waist over hip
- 5 round ammunition clips – ready to load magazine of 303 rifle
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Scarce Dumontier pinfire revolver dagger, originates from France, mid 19th century.
CZ pistols top .32 acp bottom .380 acp (short 9mm)
Industrial music patron saint Cosey Fanni Tutti.
In 1975, Genesis P-Orridge and Cosey Fanni Tutti consumed blood, semen and piss onstage in the UK. Government officials labeled them “the Wreckers of Civilization.” A female sex worker, Cosey examined “how men and women interact in a sexually charged/volatile manipulated situation” by fearlessly, shockingly putting her body on display. This was the beginning of industrial music, a genre rooted in taboo and transgression.
The tradition continued. In 1985, Coil’s cover of Tainted Love addressed the AIDS crisis at a time when huge stigma still surrounded the discussion. The release of the single constituted the first AIDS benefit in music history.
In 1988, Skinny Puppy spoke out passionately about animal rights through a series of live shows that involved animal blood and graphic, distressing portrayals of vivisection.
During the Siege of Sarajevo in 1995, Laibach’s NSK diplomatic passports literally saved lives by enabling people to escape from the war zone at a time when Bosnian passports weren’t considered valid. The giants of industrial used subversive tactics to challenge audiences and create new awareness.
But something happened. Once industrial music had fully transitioned from avant-garde venues into nightclubs, the stench of Axe body spray began to dominate the subculture as a certain douchey, bro-tastic vibe emerged. Where the goth/industrial scene had once existed as a safe haven for artists, weirdos, outcasts, geeks, dreamers and rebels, a disturbing trend of sexism, racism and anti-intellectualism is driving people out.
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If you’re wondering what “rubber bullets” are and what they look like this is it. This is what Ferguson police are shooting and the peaceful protesters. This is what’s making gaping holes inside of the protesters.
Henry Hugh Armstead (British, 1828 - 1905) St Michael and the Serpent or Satan dismayed ,1853.
Rare and unusual 30 shot revolver, most likely of French or Belgian origin, mid to late 19th century.
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Tokyo Gore Police - 2008 - Yoshihiro Nishimura
150 year old Victorian prosthetic hand.
This is for those who are curious and you all out in Ferguson. I’m going to be attaching some info graphics (one may seem needless due to circumstances but I’m adding it anyway.) I have some more info I’d like to put into a better to use format ( alot of them are screen grabs and I’d like to put in clearer and slur free language.) If you want me to send anything I got or any info I have ( I’m a Criminal Justice student) don’t hesitate to ask.
I have seen a few of these but a post with them compiled may help more. I will be editing these as I get it all prepared I’ll use the Ferguson Protest Aid tag for any updates I do. Stay safe everyone.
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