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Foe to Friend

Stories and Events

Foe to Friend

Owing to lockdown regulations, we're currently unable to welcome you into our exhibition highlighting the experiences of British soldiers in Germany over the past 75 years. But you can still explore many of its themes and objects online.

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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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Army gallery uniform display cases

Army gallery uniform display cases

Covid-19 update

Museum news

The National Army Museum remains temporarily closed following the latest government announcement. We look forward to welcoming you back as restrictions are eased.

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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

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

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

Foe to Friend

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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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