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National Army Museum
  • 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

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‘Welcome to the Irish Republic, Sir!’ A British infantry patrol lost on the border with Northern Ireland, 1988
‘Welcome to the Irish Republic, Sir!’ A British infantry patrol lost on the border with Northern Ireland, 1988
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Timeline: Ireland and the British Army

The British Army has played a central role in the long history of conflict and co-operation between Britain and Ireland. Here we explore some of the key moments in this difficult but fascinating story.

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Cap badge, The King's Own Royal Border Regiment, c2000 

The King’s Own Royal Border Regiment

This infantry regiment was formed in 1959. It continued in British Army service until 2006, when it was merged into The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

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Busby badge, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, c1914

The King’s Royal Rifle Corps

This regiment was formed in 1756 and was one of the first in the British Army to be equipped with rifles. In 1966, it merged with the two other regiments of the Green Jackets Brigade to form The Royal Green Jackets.

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Cap badge, The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort’s Own), 1927

The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort’s Own)

This rifle regiment was formed in 1800 and was one of the first to undergo light infantry training. In 1966, it merged with the two other regiments of the Green Jackets Brigade to form The Royal Green Jackets.

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Cap badge of the Royal Tank Regiment, c1940

Royal Tank Regiment

This British Army armoured regiment was formed in 1917. Since then, it has served in many campaigns around the world as part of the Royal Armoured Corps.

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Sabretache badge of the Scots Guards, c1880

The Scots Guards

This foot guard regiment was formed in 1662. As well as guarding the monarch and carrying out ceremonial duties, it has served on active deployments with the British Army throughout its history.

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5th Infantry Brigade disembarking at San Carlos, Falkland Islands, 1982

The Falklands War: Preserving Soldiers’ Stories

Forty years ago, the British Army took part in a campaign to retake the Falkland Islands from the Argentine military. This film reveals some of the incredible personal stories from the conflict that have been preserved by museums across the UK.

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Corporal Danny Groves, Royal Irish Regiment, Afghanistan, 2006

Corporal Danny Groves

Danny Groves served as a mortar section commander with the Royal Irish Regiment in Afghanistan in 2006. At Musa Qala, he was embroiled in one of the Army’s most intense and gruelling sieges of recent times.

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The reception of the Colours of the disbanded Irish regiments, Windsor Castle, 1922

The Story of the Disbanded Irish Regiments

A hundred years ago, the creation of the Irish Free State (now the Republic of Ireland) led to the disbandment of six regiments of the British Army which had traditionally recruited there. This video provides a brief overview of their story.

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Cap badge, Machine Gun Corps, 1917

Machine Gun Corps

This corps was formed in 1915 to help meet the demands of trench warfare on the Western Front. It was disbanded in 1922 as part of cost-saving efforts to reduce the Army to peacetime levels.

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Gerry Chester, during training with the Royal Tank Regiment, c1942

Sergeant Arthur ‘Gerry’ Chester

Gerry Chester served with the tanks of the North Irish Horse in North Africa and Italy during the Second World War. Like other tankmen, he forged a close bond with his crew mates, with whom he endured many hardships and combat actions.

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Sergeant Major James Frederick Plunkett, 2nd Battalion, the Royal Irish Regiment, c1911

Lieutenant Colonel James Frederick Plunkett

James Frederick Plunkett served on the Western Front throughout the First World War. His courage, leadership and devotion to duty enabled him to rise through the ranks and become one of the most highly decorated servicemen of the war.

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Sir John Chapple, 1987

Field Marshal Sir John Chapple

Field Marshal Sir John Chapple had a most distinguished military career. He was also passionate about military heritage and history, and a steadfast supporter of the National Army Museum.

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