Last updated: 21 March 2013
Until 2 June 2013 - White Space Gallery
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. We are asking you to decide which of these was the greatest engagement ever fought.
Original artefacts tell the stories behind the battles and the real-life experiences of the soldiers who fought in them. They reveal how tactics, bravery, logistics, innovation and luck have helped the British Army secure victory and where it has found its fiercest challenges and bitterest setbacks.
It wasn't just great British victories that made it onto the shortlist. The selection process took into consideration the political, historical and cultural impact, the difficulties and challenges the Army overcame, and the innovative deployment of strategy and tactics. The choice of battles also reflects the global reach of the British Army and recognises the vital contributions of Commonwealth troops.
Britain’s Greatest Battles aims to highlight the most notable clashes the British Army has seen, as well as draw attention to some of the lesser-known ones. It takes into account all kinds of 'battles', including sieges, campaigns, last stands and charges.
The online voting has now closed. Your votes have selected Waterloo, Aliwal, D-Day/Normandy, Rorke's Drift and Imphal/Kohima as the top five battles which will be represented at our all-day speaker event on 20 April. This day of debate will finally determine which is Britain’s Greatest Battle!