JF Ptak Science Books Quick Post
This is an example from my WWI news photo service collection--this one showing a newly-minted soldier, very heavily laden and off to France, where no doubt he would quickly lose a lot of that clanging, heavy, cumbersome, and probably-useless stuff. The description (below) accompanied the photo and was the suggested caption to be used with the image when published.
See this link http://longstreet.typepad.com/thesciencebookstore/2015/10/what-they-carried-part-iv-us-soldier-1917.html for four other posts I made here on this blog on "What They Carried" into battle.
If you'd like the original, see this link in our books for sale section: http://longstreet.typepad.com/world_war_i_photography/2014/09/heavily-laden-soldier-ca-1918.html
For a general explanation of the WWI press photo archive, see http://longstreet.typepad.com/world_war_i_photography/