The conflict in Afghanistan has seen the men of the Royal Armoured Corps engaged in some of the fiercest fighting since World War Two.
Now they tell their story in The Tank Museum’s new exhibition ‘Battlegroup Afghanistan – The Armoured Soldiers’ story which opens to the public in April.
In their own words, the serving soldiers will share their experiences and views of a conflict that is soon to enter its tenth year. In a recreated Forward Operating Base, visitors will see the vehicles used by the armoured regiments and immerse themselves in the sights, sounds and conditions of life on operations today.
Researchers have spent hours interviewing soldiers from various regiments who have seen action in Afghanistan to create the new exhibition, providing a vast amount of audio and video content that visitors will hear and watch as they explore the Forward Operating Base. True stories from the front line will include examples of day-to-day bravery that the public have never had the opportunity to hear until now.
To mark the opening of this exhibition visitors will have the chance to meet serving-soldiers and find out more about life and work in the hostile climate of Afghanistan, try on the soldiers’ desert kit, try soldiers rations, learn how to make dirty water clean, and learn more about the weapons and equipment of the modern army.
On the special message wall, visitors can leave messages for the Royal Armoured Corps soldiers on active service before trying their hand at a range of craft activities.