Witnesses to War
Witnesses to War presents nine objects including a Harrier jet and a Spitfire plane suspended from above and a V-2 rocket below them. These dramatic displays also feature a T-34 tank, a 13-Pounder Gun – a First World War artillery piece that became a memorial for the men who fought with it, and a Reuters Land Rover damaged by a rocket attack in Gaza.
This car was destroyed by a suicide car bombing against the Mutanabbi Street book market in Baghdad, at a time of growing sectarian violence, almost four years after the US-led invasion of Iraq. It was later exported from Iraq and exhibited in the Netherlands, before being acquired by British Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller. Deller toured the car across the United States, in company with a former American soldier and an Iraqi expatriate, as a means of starting conversations about Iraq.
It was donated to IWM and has been exhibited in the IWM London atrium since 2010.
British Supermarine Spitfire Mark Ia
The fighter plane on display flew 57 combat missions during the Battle of Britain in 1940. It was flown by 13 different pilots, only 6 of whom survived the Second World War.
Learn more about the Battle of Britain.