Land Warfare

From the awesome artillery barrages of the First World War, through the giant tank battles of the Second World War, to the high-speed conflict of modern-day conflicts, Land Warfare charts how technological advances have changed the face of war.

Within Land Warfare, The Forgotten War exhibition highlights the political, military and the personal aspects of the Second World War in the Far East, the Pacific and in particular, Burma between 1941 and 1945.

The Normandy Experience vividly tells the story of the D-Day Landings through sound, film and military vehicles set in evocative dioramas.

Land Warfare is also home to The Royal Anglian Regiment Museum, which covers the history of the East and Royal Anglian Regiments since the amalgamations of the former County Regiments from 1958–1960.

New from 2014: The Padre’s Trail

Follow the story of Captain Leslie Skinner, a chaplain who landed on D-Day and fought through France into Germany.

As part of our commemoration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, we tell Captain Skinner’s story, in his own words, via extracts from the diary he meticulously kept throughout his time with the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry tank regiment. Captain Skinner’s story is told through a new layer of interpretation in the Normandy Experience. It gives a very personal viewpoint of the objects on display.

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

Collections in Context

War Industry during the First World War
As the scale and the duration of the First World War escalated, the priority for every combatant nation was to ensure that their armed forces had sufficient weaponry, supplies and equipment...

The War in the Pacific during the Second World War
On 7 December 1941, Japan launched a surprise air attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii...