Special Forces: In the Shadows

National Army Museum

17 March – 18 November 2018

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Explore the hidden world of the Special Forces - the people, the skills and the action - in this major exhibition.

Special Forces: In the Shadows exhibition
In the Shadows presents ideas of security and secrecy through the lens of Special Forces, exploring what these elite regiments are, the training and skills required and examples of their work over the past 70 years.

Originating in the Second World War, the Special Forces is made up of five units, each with a unique role in British security and military operations. Their strategic role in the British Armed Forces is illustrated through varied examples including sabotage in North Africa, the Iranian Embassy hostage siege and modern-day security.

The exhibition brings together a wide range of objects for the first time, from the compass that Paddy Mayne wrenched from an enemy plane cockpit, to a complete SAS Counter Terrorist Kit from 2007. It also includes personal testimonies, video and photography.

Venue information

Opening times

Daily, 10am - 5.30pm (Last admission 5pm)

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