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

Tanks

British Sherman tanks advancing from Nijmegen in the Netherlands towards the German town of Kleve, c1945

British Sherman tanks advancing from Nijmegen in the Netherlands towards the German town of Kleve, c1945
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9 December 2021 - 6 May 2022

Brothers in Arms

In this special exhibition, follow the story of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry, an elite British tank regiment whose men fought their way across North-West Europe from D-Day to VE Day.

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Explore Tanks stories

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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3rd County of London Crusader tank and crew, Libya, 1941

The Sale Collection: Operation Crusader

In the fourth instalment, we explore the wartime exploits of the 3rd County of London Yeomanry in 1941. During this time, the men of the unit underwent a baptism of fire in the Libyan desert.

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‘The 1st Cruiser’, 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), Surrey, November, 1940

The Sale Collection: Preparing for action

In the second instalment, we explore the wartime exploits of the 3rd County of London Yeomanry in 1940-41. During this time, the unit prepared for overseas deployment, training hard and getting to grips with a variety of armoured vehicles.

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Lieutenant Jimmy Sale, 1941

The Sale Collection: Origins and early years

In the first instalment of this series, we learn about the origins of the 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters), its pre-war service and the outbreak of fighting in 1939.

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Collar badge, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, 1971

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

This is Scotland's senior regiment. Formed in 1971, it has served in several campaigns, including the recent conflict in Afghanistan. It currently operates in an armoured reconnaissance role.

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Cap badge, 3rd Carabiniers (Prince of Wales’s Dragoon Guards), c1963

3rd Carabiniers (Prince of Wales’s Dragoon Guards)

This armoured unit was formed in 1922. It continued in British Army service until 1971, when it was merged into the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.

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Other ranks’ cap badge, The King’s Royal Hussars, 1993

The King’s Royal Hussars

This armoured regiment was formed in 1992. Equipped with Challenger 2 main battle tanks, it has served on several deployments, including the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Cap badge, The Queen's Royal Hussars, c1993

The Queen’s Royal Hussars

This is the British Army’s most senior armoured regiment. Formed in 1993, it has served on several deployments, including the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Cap badge, Royal Armoured Corps, 1942

Royal Armoured Corps

Formed in 1939, this is the overall corps for the armoured units of the British Army. Equipped with tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles, its formations have fought in many campaigns, including the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Badge, 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards, c1968

4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards

This armoured regiment was formed in 1922. It continued in British Army service until 1992, when it was merged into The Royal Dragoon Guards.

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Cap badge of The Royal Dragoon Guards, c1992

The Royal Dragoon Guards

This cavalry unit was formed in 1992 and operates as an armoured reconnaissance force. It has served in several deployments, including the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Cap badge, The Household Cavalry, c1919

The Household Cavalry

This British Army corps operates as an armoured reconnaissance unit and a ceremonial guard of the monarch. Formed in 1992, it has served in the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Explore Tanks learning resources

Let's Talk Tanks
Video

KS2 (Ages 7 to 11)

Let’s Talk Tanks

Set off on a mission to find out more about the everyday lives of tank crews during the Second World War in this family friendly video.

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How To Draw: Transport
Home Activity

KS1-KS2 (Ages 5 to 11)

How to Draw: Transport edition

Use our simple step-by-step instructions to draw Army-related transport.

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