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National Army Museum
  • CLOSED
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

French Revolutionary Wars

Explore French Revolutionary Wars stories

The Norfolk Volunteers at Gunton Park, 1864

Civilian soldiers

Throughout its long history the British Army has relied on part-time soldiers to support its operations, guard British shores and maintain law and order.

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Explore French Revolutionary Wars events

Detail from 'A view of the Engagement at Vinegar Hill, June 21st 1798'
Members Only

9 June 2021, 6.30pm

FREE

The Irish Wars: The Irish Against Napoleon (Lecture 1/3)

In the first of three lectures on Ireland in the Napoleonic Wars, Patrick Mercer OBE traces the development of some of the toughest regiments that Napoleon’s troops had to face.

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'United Irishmen in training', 1798
Patrons Only

1 July 2021, 6.30pm

FREE

The Pike Dinner

10 June 1798 became known as ‘Pike Sunday’ when Crown forces in Ireland descended en masse, seized hidden pikes and arrested blacksmiths. Join historian Patrick Mercer OBE to find out more about this extraordinary episode in Britain and Ireland’s military history.

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Detail from 'A view of the Engagement at Vinegar Hill, June 21st 1798'
Members Only

21 July 2021, 6.30pm

FREE

The Irish Wars: The Irish Against Napoleon (Lecture 2/3)

In the 18th century, Royalist France had made several plans to invade Britain by first landing troops in Ireland - an ambition which Revolutionary France adopted with gusto.

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Detail from 'A view of the Engagement at Vinegar Hill, June 21st 1798'
Members Only

1 September 2021, 6.30pm

FREE

The Irish Wars: The Irish Against Napoleon (Lecture 3/3)

Whatever political tensions existed in Ireland in the wake of the 1798 and 1803 Rebellions, Irishmen were never slow to join the British Army in the fight against Napoleon.

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'United Irishmen upon Duty', 1798
Patrons Only

11 - 15 September 2021

FREE

The Napoleonic Wars: 1798 Rebellion in Ireland (Battlefield Walk)

Led by Patrick Mercer OBE, this tour will rove around Eire looking at some of the bloodiest and cruellest battles in Irish and British history.

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