Army Film & Photographic Competition: 2020 Winners

The winning entries from the latest Army Film & Photographic Competition gives a unique insight into life in the British Army at the National Army Museum.

As soldiers first and foremost, Army photographers deploy with units to front lines and training areas around the world. They are the eyes of the Army and enjoy an unrivalled view of life at the heart of the action.

The exclusive exhibition features some of the best imagery captured across the Army’s fields of operation. It offers a unique insight into soldier’s lives, and demonstrates the wide variety of job roles and locations they operate in.

Free, booking not required. Find out more here.

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The Muddy Choir

The Muddy Choir is a play about growing up and the humanizing power of music being performed on 10 November.

Focusing on three young soldiers serving up with the Durham Light Infantry in 1917, the story shows Will, Robbie and Jimbo being thrust into a landscape starkly different to the playing fields and estates of their Sunderland roots. Inspired by their childhood oath ‘nee killing, anly singing’, Robbie dreams that music will be their ticket away from the front. Unfortunately, attracting the attention of their commanding officers may prove more dangerous than bullets or gas.

The play was commissioned and produced by Theatre Centre and written by Jesse Briton to mark the centenary of WW1.

For more info and to book your tickets, visit the National Army Museum website here.

 

Image by Sarah London.

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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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Operation Husky: 1943

In this complimentary talk, Will Fowler will discuss the amphibious and airborne assault in Italy in 1943. Operation Husky was one of the Second World War’s major campaigns in which the Allies captured the island of Sicily from the Axis powers. Learn more about the details of the initiative and its wider implications.

Booking is recommended – 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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Soldiery Photography Exhibition

Visit the National Army Museum for their latest exhibition, Soldiery; a fascinating array of 16 photographs.

On display in the Atrium from 27 January to 8 February, go and see Rory Lewis’ latest project which took two years to curate: a wonderful display of photographs which captures the Army’s historical character and proud legacy of diversity.

Entry is free.

 

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