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The big guns on the forecourt of the Imperial War Museum are just a taster for what’s on display – every kind of military might that you can imagine: guns, tanks, rockets, bombs, bi-planes, boats and subs from 1914 onwards.
The exhibits cover both World Wars, the Suez crisis in the fifties, the modern Gulf War and many other battles involving Commonwealth powers – from Korea to Vietnam.
The World War I gallery tries to explain the issues arising out of pre-war Europe. The balance of power was shifting to and fro at an amazing rate, leading to treaties and agreements that pitched the world into war.
The Trench Experience recreates the day-to-day of life of a soldier in the mud and blood of British trenches.
World War II gets the fullest coverage, with mock-ups of the Blitz and a life-size bomb shelter. The museum is well-stocked with military vehicles, many of which have stories attached – like the tiny dinghy Tamzine, which was the smallest surviving boat at Dunkirk. Famous items like the German Enigma machine and V2 rocket are also on display.
Library-like exhibits detail the growth of the Nazi party – and Hitler’s rise to power. His military build-up, re-armament and isolation of the Jews in 1930s Germany is brought vividly to life with hundreds of photos, news-reels and newspaper articles.
This leads onto one of the most haunting floors in the Imperial War Museum – the Holocaust Exhibition. Depressing mementoes from extermination camps (like solitary shoes) pad out the stories and eye-witness accounts.
Post-1945 military history is covered by a 30-minute documentary called Crimes Against Humanity. This graphic movie (certificate 12) describes the genocide and violence in places like Yugoslavia, Cambodia and Rwanda.
The Secret War section is maybe the most interesting exhibit for kids. It tells them all about our master spies and covert ops. It tells them how to gather intel, crack codes and spy on undesirables.
There is also a gallery filled with military medals and war mementoes. Amongst the exhibits are a captured Nery gun and three VCs.
Edmund Clark: State Control and the War of Terror to Imperial War MuseumLondonThe Imperial War Museum will be putting on an exhibition by Edmund Clark, exploring State control and the War on Terror.
Mahwish Chishty: Spy drones and Pakistani folk art to Imperial War MuseumLondonMahwish Chishty's exhibition of art at the Imperial War Museum combines Pakistani folk art with unmanned spy drones.
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