Special Forces: In the Shadows exhibition

Special Forces


Until 28 October 2018

Special Forces: In the Shadows

Extreme training, secret missions, total dedication. Explore the hidden world of the Special Forces at our major exhibition.

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Stories & Events

Special Forces uncovered

Find out more about the Special Forces, from their Second World War origins to today's covert missions, with our evolving programme of stories and events.

What's on at the National Army Museum

The First VC of the European War, 1914. Captain Francis Grenfell, 9th Lancers at Audregnies, 24 August 1914



The Germans

In this video, we look back on Britain's long and sometimes surprising relationship with Germany. This is the last in a series showing how changing national interests have affected military thinking over time.

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The Americans

In this video, we look at Britain's military relationship with the United States from the 18th century.


The French

In this video, we look at Britain's military relationship with France from the 17th century.

Canadians escort German prisoners through a communication trench, August 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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Captain Daniel Hickey

The maps and memoirs of Captain Daniel Hickey shed light on the Allied victory at Amiens in August 1918. This struggle helped decide the war on the Western Front.


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.

Drill sergeant interactive in Soldier gallery

Fun for families


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.

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Play Base

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

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