World War One Soldiers’ Loadouts

A reader sent me a link to a pretty cool image gallery showing the basic clothing and equipment of five different major combatant powers from mid-WWI. I have re-uploaded the individual photos in case the original links go dead (click to enlarge each photo).

The kit of a French Private Soldier in the Battle of Verdun, 1916
The kit of a French Private Soldier in the Battle of Verdun, 1916 (collection provided by Paul Bristow, Croix de Guerre Living History Group, photographed by Thom Atkinson)

 

German Private's gear, 1916
Equipment of a German Private in the Battle of the Somme, 1916 (collection provided by Paul Bristow, Croix de Guerre Living History Group, photographed by Thom Atkinson)

 

US Doughboy's gear, 1917
US Infantryman (Doughboy), arrival in France, 1917 (Equipment provided by: Lee Martin, historical adviser, collector and living historian, photographed by Thom Atkinson)

 

British Sergeant's equipment, 1916
Equipment of a British Sergeant in the Battle of the Somme, 1916 (supplied by Nigel Bristow, The Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment. photographed by Thom Atkinson)

 

Russian woman's gear
Equipment from the 1st Russian Women’s Battalion of Death ( collection supplied by Bruce Chopping, Ian Skinner and Laura Whitehouse of the 1914-21 Society, photographed by Thom Atkinson)