Stephen Palmer’s Oxo tin, 1915

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The original bullet proof vest?

During the First World War (1914-18) Private Stephen Palmer was sent an Oxo tin that ended up saving his life.

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Pelisse, Zieten Hussars, worn by The Duke of Connaught, 1900s

A uniform fit for a prince

Flamboyant hussar uniforms belonging to Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, demonstrate the close dynastic links between European monarchies and the tradition of foreign royals serving as honorary heads of military units.

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Queen Elizabeth II views her old uniform at NAM, 2017

Inspired by a princess's uniform

British heritage brand Hawes & Curtis has partnered with the National Army Museum to create a limited edition collection that is fit for royalty. The collection is inspired by the uniform Queen Elizabeth II wore as a young princess.

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Coatee worn at Waterloo by Brigade-Major Thomas Noel Harris, 1815

Waterloo coatee's provenance confirmed

In 2015, the National Army Museum was presented with a rare coatee worn by Major Thomas Harris at the Battle of Waterloo. A combination of historical evidence and modern forensic analysis was used to confirm its authenticity.

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Andy McNab’s survival kit, c1990

The art of staying alive: McNab's survival kit

An SAS soldier's personal survival kit contains many everyday objects. These can be used in ingenious ways, demonstrating both the adaptability and the resourcefulness of the Special Forces.

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Lieutenant Colonel Campbell Clark, 104th Regiment of Foot (Bengal Fusiliers), c1877

A lucky escape

A rare tunic from the Indian Mutiny holds a death-defying tale of gruesome gunshots, troublesome timepieces and a remarkable recovery.

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Oxo tin, 1915

The original bulletproof vest?

During the First World War Private Stephen Palmer was sent an Oxo tin that ended up saving his life.

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Burberry trench coat, 2014

Army fashion statements

The Army's influence on fashion is not new. Military dress has made its way from conflict to catwalk over and over again.

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Body builders
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3 September 2018 - 23 July 2019

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Body builders

Learn about the possibilities of prosthetic limbs for injured soldiers and get hands-on with our robotic arms.

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Whatever the weather
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3 September 2018 - 23 July 2019

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Whatever the weather

Soldiers have to be ready for anything! Explore and test materials by designing and building a shelter that will keep a soldier dry.

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

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Whatever the weather

Follow this gallery trail to find out how soldiers cope in different places and in different conditions.

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Head on

Follow this gallery trail to discover some of the amazing objects that have protected soldiers through time.

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Follow this gallery trail to find some amazing objects that have helped soldiers to be superhuman.

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A soldier's life

Follow this gallery trail to find out what life was really like for a soldier in the First World War.

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