Since the earliest of civilizations, weapons were made to help humans hunt animals, scavage food and protect themselves. Several cave paintings dating 30,000 years ago depict humans pierced by arrows and old rock arts found in Northern Australia show acts of violence among early hunters.
As new natural resources were discovered beneath the surface of the earth, conventional stone weapons were replaced by bronze, and then later, iron weapons. As the industrial age progressed, muskets were invented, and then automatic rifles were developed.
Thom Atkinson, in his photo series entitled Soldiers’ Inventories, documented the evolution of battle kits used by soldiers in 1,000 years.
The series provides a glimpse of the evolution of warfare in our history – from the Battle of Hastings in 1066 up to the Afghan War in 2013. It can be observed that the early soldiers carry fewer things to keep their weight down, but our modern-day soldiers carry more stuff, thanks to the development of lighter combat materials allowing soldiers to haul more.
Mounted Knight, Siege of Jerusalem, 1244
A dagger, sword, flanged mace, glaive, and crescent-shaped ax were new inventions at that time. For body armor, they had two types of helmet, a shield, maille to cover up the legs, and thigh-length sleeveless leather vest lined with metal plates. Soldiers also carried utensils for eating and a leather box of needles and thread for repairs.
Battle of Agnicourt, 1415
Yorkist man-at-arms, Battle of Bosworth, 1485
Trainband caliverman, Tilbury, 1588
Private Sentinel, Battle of Malplaquet, 1709
Private Soldier, Battle of Waterloo, 1815
Aside from carrying weapons and tools for defense, soldiers also had games to fight boredom.
Private soldier, Battle of the Somme, 1916
French Private Soldier, Battle of Verdun, 1916
German Private Soldier, Battle of the Somme, 1916
US Infantryman (Doughboy), Arrival in France, 1917
Lance corporal, Parachute Brigade, Battle of Arnhem, 1944
Close-support sapper, Royal Engineers, Helmand Province, 2014
In this photo, you can see an Ipad in a soldier’s kit.
Advancements in technology played an enormous role in the evolution of the modern day soldier.Weapons are more lethal, and soldiers are more efficient than ever.
17 Forsaken Historical Airports In The World
Know the stories behind these airports.
Airports are busy establishments. With millions of people traveling around the world, who would have thought that airports get abandoned, too?
Every place has their story to tell, including the abandoned airports. Here are the 17 abandoned airports and the reasons why it was closed.
1. Nicosia International Airport, Cyprus
The First Pig To Ever Fly Was Recorded In History Over 100 Years Ago
This pig really nailed it!
“Pigs can’t fly” is a figure of speech that suggests complete impossibility. Logic, science, and nature dictate that pigs can’t fly and will never be able to fly on their own.
This did not stop J.T.C. Moore-Brabazon from helping his pig achieve the impossible. On November 4, 1909, Brabazon flew his French-built Voisin private aeroplane carrying his pig aloft.
Brabazon placed his pig inside a wicker basket, which was strapped to the wing strut of the plane.
Mysterious Concrete Arrows With No Definite Historical Background Found In America
Will these concrete arrows unlock discoveries to the past?
Odd concrete arrows have been reported all over the United States and they have left travelers and history buffs wondering about what these arrows mean. These gigantic arrows were seen sitting around the desert of American Southwest.
The length of the arrows are up to 70-foot in diameter. Each one is found in an isolated area, which obviously served a purpose in the past.
Understanding what these signs are has been an adventure for many history enthusiasts.