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.
This iconic photo depicts the jubilance and relief expressed throughout America when armistice was declared in World War Two. Contrary to popular opinion, the two in the picture were not lovers; the soldier was jubilantly planting kisses on women in Times Square – this lucky nurse was just one of them. -1940s-
Gurkha who single-handedly fought off up to 30 Taliban awarded Gallantry Cross
A Gurkha soldier who single-handedly fought off an attack on his base by up to 30 Taliban insurgents was been awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross in 2011. Acting Sergeant Dipprasad Pun, 31, exhausted all his ammunition & at one point had to use the tripod of his machine gun to beat away a militant climbing the walls of the compound. The soldier fired more than 400 rnds, launched 17 grenades and detonated a mine to thwart the Taliban assault on his checkpoint Helmand Province.
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.