Air and Sea

As an island, Britain’s control of the sea was vital to its defence. Air and Sea shows the changes in defence methods, from the giant battleships of the First World War to modern-day submarines and aircraft carriers.

View a list of aircraft, vehicles,boats and artillery at IWM Duxford

Collections in Context

War in the Air during the First World War
The First World War was the first conflict in which air power was used by combatant nations...


The Battle of the Atlantic
Britain depended on vital supplies from North America and the Empire. These had to be transported in merchant ships across the Atlantic Ocean...

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