A Wartime Christmas
Family activities, IWM London
The Battle of Cambrai was the first large scale use of massed tanks in battle. Here British Mark IV tanks of 'C' Battalion are loaded aboard a train at Plateau Station prior to the opening of the battle.
This aerial photograph shows part of the Cambrai battlefield from the British front line up to Bourlon Wood, one of the furthest points of the British advance. Aerial photography was a key element of the advances made in artillery fire.
Three British troops stand in a street in Marcoing on the first day of the battle. Marcoing was one of several villages taken by British attackers on 20 November. But it was later retaken by determined German counter-attacks.
An artillery observation officer on top of a ruined wall at Havrincourt. Cambrai saw the first use of silent registration - where the fall of British shells on German positions was calculated without the use of an extensive preliminary bombardment.
Men of 11th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers shepherd a group of German prisoners near Havrincourt of the first day of the battle. These men were among over 4,000 German soldiers taken prisoner that day.
A little girl rescued from Masnieres with a British soldier at Gouzeaucourt. Though both sides experienced successes in terms of tactical methods used, the battle ultimately had little strategic impact on the fighting on the Western Front.
Based on Terry Deary’s book Spies from the best-selling Horrible Histories® series, the exhibition reveals stories of real spies and their secret schemes during the Second World War.
See if you can separate the facts from the fiction as you discover the terrible tricks and great gadgets used by Second World War spies to make secret war on the enemy.
Find out about the real wartime spies who risked their lives to send secret messages, passed on whopping lies to the enemy and fooled the enemy with their devious disguises. And then put your own undercover skills to the test...
Meet the spy rats including Camo and Devious Disguises rats as you embark on your own spy mission through the exhibition. And be quick – you never know who might be on your tail!
In the deadly world of spies, nothing is what it seems. Find out how sneaky spies camouflaged their kit to hide it from the enemy, and what everyday objects might have exploded without warning.
Exploding rats were used by British spies to sabotage machinery in German factories – have a go at catching the rats for yourself but watch out for the ones that explode without warning!
IWM London is going through a major transformation and as a result access into, and around the museum is limited. Teachers are advised to carry out a preliminary visit in advance of their school trip in order to conduct their own risk assessment. Responsibility for pupils on school visits remains with the teachers at all times.
Everyday hazards such as slipping, tripping or falling on stairs, trapping fingers in doors and cuts and bruises are inherent in all environments. The following site specific factors should be considered in relation to the individual needs of each group member.
Supervising adults should ensure that their pupils understand how they are expected to behave. If the behaviour of anyone in your group adversely affects the safety or enjoyment of other visitors or staff, or causes damage to exhibits, this person may be asked to leave. Please brief your students about appropriate behaviour and have contingency measures in place in case anyone is asked to leave the building.
Galleries and exhibitions are on a number of different floors. Sensible footwear is recommended.
From the World Wars to the Cold War, IWM gives teachers and students in UK schools everything they need to explore the course, causes and consequences of conflict from the First World War to today.
IWM is a charity, and we depend on supporters like you to help us care for and display our exceptional Collections. Please consider making a donation to IWM London today.