Special Forces: In the Shadows

Opens 17 March 2018

Special Forces: In the Shadows

Extreme training, secret missions, total dedication. Explore the hidden world of the Special Forces.

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The interactive tank in Battle gallery

Fun for families

Families

Ten family favourites

Our galleries are full of fascinating objects, surprising stories and interactive fun. Make the most of your visit with this selection of family favourites.

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Play Base

Take on the assault course, climb aboard a truck or prepare scoff in the cookhouse.

Half-term activity

Navigation challenge

Create a whole new world at our navigation challenge this half-term (10-18 February).

What's on at the National Army Museum

Illustration for the Women Soldiers programme

Women soldiers

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Stepping into line

A century ago the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps was formed to free up soldiers to fight on the front line. This laid the foundations for female service in the British Army and provoked a debate that continues to this day.

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Breaking boundaries

During the Second World War women took on increasingly diverse roles. But, like their First World War predecessors, they were still prevented from fighting.

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Fit to fight: Women in the army today

In 2016 women were finally allowed to undertake combat roles with the British Army. But even before that, many female soldiers had been serving on the front line and in war zones around the world.

Drilling Armenians at Baku, August 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 William Leith-Ross

Captain William Leith-Ross was a member of Dunsterforce, a prototype special operations unit assembled in January 1918 for a secret mission to the Caucasus.

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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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