What Tommy Took to War, 1914-1918

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What Tommy Took to War, 1914-1918 by Peter Doyle
Hardcover $12.95

Mar 18, 2014 | 112 Pages

  • Hardcover $12.95

    Mar 18, 2014 | 112 Pages


“‘Tommy Atkins,’ as the British public nicknamed the men who went to war, was burdened with around 60 pounds of extra clothing, weapons, ammunition, and cleaning supplies. After a pithy introduction that describes the British World War I uniform over time and in various climates, a spread per item (one full-page photo opposite descriptive text) in this small book catalogs Tommy’s belongings. They range from military supply such as paybooks and medals to keepsakes that comforted the inexperienced combatants—only around 400,000 of the four million were peacetime soldiers—so far from home. Well researched, absorbing, and affecting.” —Henrietta Verma, Library Journal

Table Of Contents

The 50 Items: King’s Shilling
Recruitment Letter
Good Luck Charm
Soldier’s Photograph
Training Manual
Uniform Jacket
Cold Weather Equipment
Identity Disc
Gor Blimey Cap
Cap Badge
Sun Helmet
Webbing Equipment
Leather Equipment
Bandolier Equipment
Rifle-cleaning Kit
Machine Gun
PH Helmet (gas mask)
SBR (gas mask)
Mess Kit
Cleaning Kit
Personal Kit
Clasp Knife
Field Service Postcard
Bully Beef
Pay Book
Silk Postcard
Letter from Home
Map of the Front
Postcard From Egypt
Phrase Book
Rum Jar
Barbed-Wire Cutters
Trench Club
Trench Knife
Trench Lighter
Barbed Wire
Wound Badge
Casualty Letter
Death Plaque

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