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The National Army Museum is planning to reopen from Wednesday 19 May, with measures in place so you can enjoy your experience here as safely as possible. Please book a free time slot online before visiting.

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Cap badge, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, c1970

Cap badge, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, c1970
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Regimental badges

St George slaying the dragon is just one of many symbolic images to feature on regimental headdress badges. Here we take a look at some common features of these designs, investigating the origins and meanings behind them.

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Coming soon from the National Army Museum

Foe to Friend exhibition poster

Foe to Friend exhibition poster

Germany

Exhibition

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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The Army and the occupation of Germany

In May 1945, following the defeat of Nazi Germany, British troops began occupying and administering a ruined country.

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Active Edge: The Army, Germany and the Cold War

Growing tension between East and West soon evolved into the Cold War, prompting a more defensive role for those garrisoned in West Germany.

Soldiers of The 3rd (East Kent) Regiment of Foot (The Buffs) defending the Colours at Albuera, 1811

Soldiers of The 3rd (East Kent) Regiment of Foot (The Buffs) defending the Colours at Albuera, 1811
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Save the Colours!

It’s 140 years since a British regiment last carried its colours into battle. These totemic objects have been at the heart of some of the most indelible episodes in British Army history.

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‘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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