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The Bands of the Household Division

A glittering winter performance, Scarlet and Gold presented to you by The Household Division at Cadogan Hall on 26 and 27 November 2019. Whilst the title evokes the ceremonial splendour and sparkle of the Guard’s uniforms and instruments, the programme of music guarantees something to delight everyone and a truly world-class performance.

Enjoy the very best of military musicians as they bring the Bands of The Household Division from the parade square to the stage. An inspiring repertoire of traditional and modern music will celebrate the very best of our Nation’s proud heritage and traditions.

Tickets from £20-£30. Purchase yours here.

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Challenger 2 Tank on display

In celebration of the Royal Armoured Corps 80h Anniversary, drop by and see the team at the National Army Museum for a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with Britain’s main battle tank, the Challenger 2 on 4 April.

The tank will be outside the museum’s entrance all day, with crew on hand to talk about their work and how the Challenger 2 has helped protect our troops over the past two decades.

More info on their website here.

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Behind the Scenes: The Special Operations Executive in the Second World War

Join Dr Kate Vigurs and Justin Saddington to discover more about the women of the SOE, forerunners of today’s Special Forces.

The workshop on 3 October will provide a unique insight into the Special Operations Executive with a  specific focus on the extraordinary women who served in the F-Section.

The Special Operations Forces operated behind enemy lines and was instrumental in coordinating resistance networks and communicating intelligence for the Allies in the Second World War. Participants will be given access to objects used by these brave and secretive operators.

SOE expert Dr Kate Vigurs and the National Army Museum Research Curator Justin Saddington will lead this engaging and interactive evening where light refreshments will be provided.

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Operation Torch

Join Emma Mawdsley, senior research curator, as she looks at the co-operation between the US and British troops during ‘Operation Torch’.

In 1942, the British and American’s launched a combined amphibious landing in North Africa with the code name ‘Torch’. Winston Churchill suggested that the British soldiers wore the uniforms of the Americans, believing that the Vichy French would be more welcoming to the Americans than the British soldiers.

Emma Mawdsley examines the photographs from the National Army Museum’s collection which illustrate the co-operation between the two nations during this major operation of the Second World War.

Tickets are free, however booking is recommended. Book your spot here.

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Bluebirds of War

On 6 July Dr Andrea McKenzie will discuss the experiences of the brave and dedicated Canadian nurses of the First World War.

In this complimentary talk, you will hear about the 3800+ nurses who tended to the wounded and ill soldiers of the First World War on all fronts, from Russia to Galliopoli, Salonika to France. Learn more about their role, particularly in 1918, the last year  of the war where they focused their efforts on the Western France on the front line and how through shot and shell, bombs and torpedoes, 3000 miles from their homes, these brave Canadian nurses cared for the casualties of war.

Although free, booking is recommended: click here.

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The Real Monuments Men

Dr Nigel Pollard will be discussing the British Army’s role in protecting cultural heritage during the Second World War.

The UK are currently creating a specialist unit for cultural property protection within the armed forces to ensure we do not lose our beloved monuments, artwork and culture. This unit is not the first of its kind, however, the ‘Monuments Men’ whose activities to protect art and monuments were largely forgotten until the 2014 film starring George Clooney.

Join this talk to examine the reality behind the film. Book here.

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Ice Maidens

Ice Maidens

Hear the extraordinary story of the first all-female team to cross Antarctica on muscle-power alone.

On 20 November 2017, the Ice Maidens – a team of women serving in the British Army or Army Reserve, set out on a 1000 mile expedition across Antarctica. They completed the task 62 days later.

At this event, listen to members of the Ice Maidens as they discuss what it was like to ski across Antarctica in temperature of -40 degrees, how they prepared for the task and why it was so significant.

Admission is free but booking is recommended.

Book here.

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Special Forces in the Shadows

Extreme training. Secret Missions. Total Dedication.

This fantastic exhibition presents the idea of security and secrecy through the lens of the Special Forces. Learn who they are, the skills they need and operations they’ve undertaken and understand the level of dedication needed from these incredible people.

Each of the five units play a unique role in British Security and this exhibition will open your eyes wider than ever before to this elite group and their military operations.

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