Special Forces: In the Shadows

Until November 2018

Special Forces: In the Shadows

Extreme training, secret missions, total dedication. Explore the hidden world of the Special Forces through our major new exhibition, and a growing programme of stories and events.

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Fun for families

Families

Top 10 favourites

Go on an adventure through our galleries to find fascinating objects, surprising stories and interactive fun. Make the most of your visit with this selection of family favourite experiences.

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Play Base

Play Base is an immersive experience for children from 0 to 8 year olds, offering a variety of fun and engaging activities. Take on the assault course, climb aboard a truck or prepare scoff in the cookhouse.

Workshop

21 April 2018

Tank wars family workshop

Navigate an obstacle course, race, and see how many rounds your tank will last against other tank commanders!

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SAS troops entering the windows of the Iranian Embassy during the Siege, 1980

Special Forces

Story

What are the Special Forces?

The Special Forces are made up of several elite military units with distinct areas of expertise. Personnel are drawn from all three branches of the armed forces.

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Origins of the Special Forces

During the Second World War, Britain created a range of special units who undertook a variety of daring operations. The bravery and commitment of these forces has become the stuff of legend.

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Special Air Service

The SAS is famous around the world. Its highly trained men are renowned for their skills in covert surveillance, close-combat fighting and hostage rescue.

The German offensive on the Lys: 4th Worcestershire Regiment holding positions at La Crêche, April 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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Captain Bowcher Clarke

In April 1918, Bowcher Clarke was commanding 4th Battalion, The Worcestershire Regiment, when the German attack in Flanders began. His photographs shed light on a struggle that helped decide the war on the Western Front.

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1918: Year of victory

The German Spring Offensive saw mobile warfare return to the Western Front. Despite early gains, the Germans exhausted themselves, setting the stage for a successful Allied counter-offensive.

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"First time @NAM_London today. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thought the presentation & interpretation made the subject accessible..."