• 10.30am - 3.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
National Army Museum
  • 10.30am - 3.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
Foe to Friend

Until 1 July 2021

Foe to Friend: The British Army in Germany Since 1945

More than a million British soldiers have lived and served in Germany over the past 75 years. Follow their evolution from conquerors and occupiers to allies and friends in our free exhibition.

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Army gallery uniform display cases

Army gallery uniform display cases

Covid-19 update

Museum news

Reopening our doors

The National Army Museum is now open again, with measures still in place to put safety first for visitors and for staff. We are offering a simple, safe, pre-bookable one-way route around the building.

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Virtual events

Always open online

Missed any of the conversations and debates we've been streaming over recent months? Catch up online at any time. Guests have included bestselling authors and historians, as well as serving Army personnel.

Coming soon from the National Army Museum

The coffin of the Unknown Warrior borne in a wagon with a guard of Allied soldiers, 10 November 1920

The coffin of the Unknown Warrior borne in a wagon with a guard of Allied soldiers, 10 November 1920
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The mysterious story of the Unknown Warrior

One hundred years ago, on 11 November 1920, the unidentified remains of a British serviceman were interred in Westminster Abbey to honour the fallen of the First World War. Selecting the warrior was an event shrouded in mystery.

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Civilians gather around British tanks outside Hamburg rail station, May 1945

Civilians gather around British tanks outside Hamburg rail station, May 1945

The British Army in Germany since 1945

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The Army and the occupation of Germany

In May 1945, British troops began occupying and administering a ruined country. They also hunted war criminals, rebuilt industry and helped displaced persons, while learning to live and work alongside recent enemies.

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Active Edge: The Army, Germany and the Cold War

In 1945, British troops occupied Germany alongside their wartime Soviet allies. But in the years that followed, growing tension between East and West evolved into the Cold War, prompting a more defensive role for those garrisoned in West Germany.

‘The German offensive. British guns going forward’, 1918

‘The German offensive. British guns going forward’, 1918

First World War

Microsite

First World War in Focus

Discover the national and global impact of the First World War and hear the stories of men and women whose lives were affected by the conflict.

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Second Lieutenant Noel Evans

A collection of letters and photographs reveals the story of 19-year-old Second Lieutenant Noel Evans and the tragic timing of his death on the morning the Armistice was signed.

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Peace and commemoration

After the Armistice in November 1918, millions of soldiers hoped to be home soon. But demobilisation was a huge task. How best to mark the victory and commemorate the fallen was also hotly debated.

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