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  • 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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Beret badge, The Royal Lancers, c2019

The Royal Lancers (Queen Elizabeths’ Own)

This armoured cavalry unit was formed in 2015. As well as performing combat missions, it undertakes reconnaissance duties.

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Cap badge, 7th Duke of of Edinburgh’s Own Gurkha Rifles, c1990

7th Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Gurkha Rifles

Originally raised in 1902 as part of the Indian Army, this infantry regiment transferred to the British Army in 1948. After several decades of distinguished service, it was amalgamated into the Royal Gurkha Rifles in 1994.

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Cap badge, Royal Gurkha Rifles, c2019

The Royal Gurkha Rifles

This infantry unit was formed in 1994 by amalgamating four existing Gurkha regiments. Since then, it has served on several deployments, including the recent conflict in Afghanistan.

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Cap badge, Light Dragoons, 1993

The Light Dragoons

This British Army light cavalry regiment was formed in 1992. It has since served in several conflicts, including the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Other ranks' cap badge, The Yorkshire Regiment, c2019

The Yorkshire Regiment

Formed in 2006, this British Army infantry regiment has since served in several conflicts, including the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Cap badge, The Rifles, c2019

The Rifles

This British Army light infantry regiment was formed in 2007. It has since served in several conflicts, including the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Cap badge, other ranks, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, c1970

The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers

This infantry regiment was formed in 1968. Since then, it has served during British Army campaigns around the globe. Today, it performs an armoured infantry role.

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Cap badge of the Reconnaissance Corps, c1941

Reconnaissance Corps

Formed in 1941, this corps carried out reconnaissance duties for British Army infantry divisions during the Second World War. It was disbanded in 1946.

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Other ranks’ cap badge, The Royal Green Jackets, 1973

The Royal Green Jackets

This infantry regiment was formed in 1966. It continued in British Army service until 2007, when it was amalgamated with three other units to form The Rifles.

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Cap badge of the Royal Horse Artillery, c1936

Royal Horse Artillery

Formed in 1793, the Royal Horse Artillery initially provided fire support to the cavalry. Today, its regiments carry out a variety of artillery combat roles and ceremonial duties.

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Cap badge, The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, c1970

The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment

This infantry regiment was formed in 1958. It continued in British Army service until 2007, when it was amalgamated into The Rifles.

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Cap badge, Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire, c1980

The Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire

This infantry regiment was formed in 1958. It continued in British Army service until 2006, when it was merged into The Yorkshire Regiment.

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