Collection of the week: The National Army Museum

The National Army Museum is a leading authority on the British Army and its impact on society past and present with a world-class collection reflecting the army's role as protector, aggressor and peacekeeper from the British Civil Wars to the modern day.

We currently have over 1500 images from the museum available to license, with more updates added on a regular basis. Spanning almost five centuries of army history, the collection is an eclectic mix of photographs, prints, maps, paintings and objects with the bedrock formed from images tracing British Army campaigns and conflicts around the world including the Napoleonic Wars, the imperial wars of the 19th century, WW1 and WW2, Northern Ireland, the Falklands, Bosnia and Iraq. There is a comprehensive collection of war and recruitment posters including many fine examples from the Second World War by Fougasse and Abram Games. Other notable exhibits include the famous cocked hat and campaign cloak once belonging to the Duke of Wellington and a cluster of Indian Mutiny medals including a Victoria Cross. There are photographs of historic weaponry held at the museum as well as several unexpected items such as knitting patterns for soldiers' 'comforts', an instrument to give tattoos to deserters or a sketch of a Mess uniform designed for the Women's Royal Army Corps by Norman Hartnell in 1958.

Click here to see a selection of images from the National Army Museum or here to look through the entire online collection. And do get in touch by calling 020 8318 0034 or emailing

Mary Evans Picture Library Ltd.  59 Tranquil Vale  Blackheath  London  SE3 0BS. United Kingdom.
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