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Britain's Greatest Battles

Exploring 400 years of British Army history, from the English Civil War to the current conflict in Afghanistan, this exhibition gives you the key facts, describes the impact and looks at the legacy of 20 of Britain’s greatest battles.

The selection criteria included:

  • political, historical and cultural impact
  • challenges faced by the Army
  • innovative use of strategy and tactics
  • global spread of British Army deployments
  • recognition of the vital contributions of Commonwealth troops

The Exhibition

Until 2 June 2013

Visit our White Space gallery and find original artefacts telling the stories behind the battles and the real-life experiences of the soldiers who fought in them.

The Final Results

We asked you to decide which of these 20 engagements is worthy of the title 'Britain’s Greatest Battle'. Your votes selected Waterloo, Aliwal, D-Day/Normandy, Rorke's Drift and Imphal/Kohima as the top five battles.

These battles were then championed by five distinguished guests at a day of debate on 20 April 2013. At the end of this event the audience voted for their outright winner. The results were as follows:

  1. Imphal/Kohima
    (54 votes)
  2. D-Day/Normandy
    (27 votes)
  3. Waterloo
    (24 votes)
  4. Rorke's Drift
    (3 votes)
  5. Aliwal
    (2 votes)

Online Voting Results

#BattleVotes
1Waterloo365
2Aliwal362
3D-Day/Normandy357
4Rorke's Drift168
5Imphal/Kohima164
6Musa Qala161
7El Alamein156
8Naseby121
9Somme85
10Blenheim73
11Goose Green65
12Quebec60
13Culloden57
14Imjin River57
15Lexington/Concord48
16Plassey45
17Megiddo44
18Gallipoli40
19Balaklava39
20Salamanca37