Britain’s soldiers have deployed to territories on almost every continent.
The Global Role gallery looks at their contribution to the accumulation and defence of Britain's overseas possessions, before examining the withdrawal from empire that began in the wake of the Second World War (1939-45).
The focus then turns to the international crises of the modern era, from the Korean War (1950-53) to the recent deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.
‘The bustle attendant on a camp in India was something strange to us all... the roaring of the camels, together with the elephants and buffaloes reminds one of the striking contrast there is between India and peaceful England.’
Private Robert Waterfield, 32nd (Cornwall) Regiment of Foot - 1845