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WW1 replica Infantryman uniform for a Volunteer in the New Army nicknamed "Kitchener's Army" on the 1st day of the Somme Offensive. This is the correct uniform for Volunteer at the start of the Somme offensive, with the massive increase in the Army from 1915 webbing manufacturers could not keep up with demand so 1914 leather equipment was made to fill the gap. The 1914 sets were only intended for training but many of the Volunteers took part in the Battle of the Somme.
This set contains all the basic kit that you will need to recreate a Kitchener Army soldier on July 1st 1916.
The set includes all the items below the Pack Contains heading. You can select your required size for applicable items under this heading as well.
The Battle of the Somme also known as the Somme Offensive, was a battle in WW1 fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the Imperial German Empire. It took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of the River Somme in France. It was one of the largest battles of World War I, in which more than 1,000,000 men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.
At the start of 1916, most of the British Army had been an inexperienced and patchily trained mass of volunteer The Somme was the debut of the Kitchener Army created by Lord Kitchener's call for recruits at the start of the war. The British volunteers were often the fittest, most enthusiastic but were also inexperienced, British casualties on the first day were the worst in the history of the British army, with 57,470 British casualties, 19,240 of whom were killed.