seadog, on 31 January 2012 - 01:05 PM, said:
The Tank Museum Bovington has various items of kit including I believe a SMLE for the public to handle. The 60 pound pack is amazing and to think that the soldiers carried such a weight into battle.All this is part of the WW1 display which includes replica dugouts etc.
A slight digression, but it's worth noting that nothing much changes in terms of the dismounted soldier's burden. There's a common misconception that Great War soldiers were horribly overburdened in comparison with their earlier and later counterparts, but the combat load in WW2 was very similar and today we carry upwards of 80 lbs of body armour, ammo, water, ECM eqpt etc. My first view of Southern Iraq in 2003 was of trenches, wire and cold, tired, hungry soldiers and marines - but for the uniforms it could've been any time from the 17th century onwards! At the lowest tactical level not as much has changed as you might think...
Anyway, apologies for hijacking this thread!