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British Mark IV female tank during trials, 1917
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Attack of the tanks

In September 1916 the face of battle changed forever. On an unsuspecting enemy, Britain unleashed its new secret weapon - the tank.

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German aerial incendiary bomb, c1917

Bombs over Britain

This aerial bomb's banged-up condition reveals something of the impact it must have made when dropped from a German airship during the First World War. Today, it forms part of an impressive display of weaponry in our Conflict in Europe gallery.

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Phoenix unmanned aerial vehicle suspended from the ceiling of the Conflict in Europe gallery

Phoenix in flight: Installing a surveillance drone

Perhaps our most technical challenge during the installation of the Conflict in Europe gallery was the Phoenix UAV. But despite presenting some particular problems, its overall journey was similar to that of many other objects on display.

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Other ranks’ cap badge, Small Arms School Corps, c1956

Small Arms School Corps

This British Army unit was established in 1853 to develop soldiers' rifle skills. Since then, its members have continued to provide instruction in the use of small arms and various support weapons.

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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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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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Cap badge, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, c1954

Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

This British Army unit was established in 1942. It is responsible for maintaining, recovering and repairing tanks, vehicles, weapons and equipment.

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Bagnold sun compass used by the LRDG, c1942

Desert innovator: Bagnold's sun-compass

The Long Range Desert Group were masters of navigation. They owed much of their success to the scientific talents of Major Ralph Bagnold, whose sun-compass invention revolutionised desert travel.

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Mark I tank C19 in Chimpanzee Valley during the Battle of Flers Courcelette, 1916

Attack of the tanks

In September 1916, the face of battle changed forever. On an unsuspecting enemy, Britain unleashed its new secret weapon - the tank.

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Vickers machine gun, c1914

Weapons of the Western Front

During the First World War, armies were forced to adapt their tactics and pursue new technologies as a way of breaking the deadlock. Here, we explore some of the weapons used by the British Army on the Western Front.

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Robots to the rescue
Primary workshop

8 January - 19 July 2024

FREE

Robots to the rescue

Explore how robotic devices help the Army, then work in teams using block-based programming and our Dash robots to complete a series of tasks.

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A parade of soldiers in helmets, gas mask cases on their chests and holstered revolvers at their sides
Primary (virtual)

8 January - 19 July 2024

FREE

Head on (virtual)

Discover helmets from across the history of the Army, and explore the materials and properties that make a great helmet.

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Cargo drop engineering challenge
Secondary workshop

8 January - 19 July 2024

FREE

Cargo drop engineering challenge

Work against the clock and with limited resources to design and build a device to safely deliver cargo to your troops.

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School children trying on different Army helmets
Primary workshop

8 January - 19 July 2024

FREE

Head on

Get hands-on with real helmets from our handling collection, then use different materials to make and test your own.

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Operation Robot (coding)
Secondary workshop

8 January - 19 July 2024

FREE

Operation Robot (coding)

Explore the power of robots to solve challenges for the Army. Get hands-on testing out your coding skills.

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Toddler playing at a Tiny Troopers session
Workshop At Museum

27 March 2024

£5.00

Tiny Troopers: Terrific Transport

Sing, play and create with your little ones at these fun, sensory sessions, perfect for ages 2 to 5.

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A graphical composite image representing the event
Talk At Museum

21 April 2024, 11.15am

FREE

Armoured Warfare in the Burma Campaign

Robert Palmer examines the role of armoured cars and tanks during the Burma campaign.

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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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