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 exhibition, and a growing programme of stories and events.

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What's on at the National Army Museum

Be a journalist - half-term activity

Fun for Families


Be a journalist

This half-term (26 May - 3 June), be a journalist for a day. Come and have a go at making your own mini-documentary about some of the Museum's objects.

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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.


Ten family 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.

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

Special Forces


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.


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.

British and French troops outside a dug out, 1918

First World War


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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Lance-Corporal Talbot Mohan

In May 1918, Lance-Corporal Talbot Mohan and his comrades were caught up in the chaos of the Allied retreat during the Third Battle of the Aisne.


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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