Imperial War Museum London – Part II

    This is Part II from TFB’s visit to the Imperial War Museum in London.

    The Imperial Museum is not complete without a part with The Falklands War in 1982, when Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands. Both British SAS and SBS special forces took important parts in this conflict.

    The Era of more modern firearms begins, for instance:

    L1A1 66 mm Rocket Launcher. Light and reliable, and used by the British SAS, for instance against Argentinian aircrafts during the attack on Pebble Island in May 1982.

    Passive Night Vision goggle, used by helicopter pilots to insert special forces before the main landing.

    L42A1 Sniper Rifle. This rifle is based on the Lee-Einfeld .303 and was used during the Falkland War.

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    An early version of the M16, and used by the SAS.

    Remington 870 shotgun, with a collapsible stock. (Number 6)

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    The Gulf War 1990-1992, with SAS units arriving via Saudi Arabia. About 700 British soldiers were assembled.

    They reoccupied the Kuwait Embassy before leaving. I wasn’t aware the the British SAS used the M16 as much, but it’s everywhere in the displays.

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    Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq from 1979 until 2003. This tiled mosaic of Saddam was taken down by British soldiers after the wishes of local people.

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    Poster of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, designed in 2004 by Karmarama for “Stop the War Coalition“.

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    I think most people associate the British SAS with the Heckler & Koch MP5, and vice versa.

    In the Counter Terrorism section, which is rather small unfortunately, we find more about this sub-machine gun.

    Note the front grip and various grenades, like CCC smoke grenade for instance.

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    Very Special Forces indeed. This must be before Gore-Tex was invented one would think, but it was invented in 1969.

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    Suicide bomber’s vest, captured by Afghan National Police in 2013.

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    A view from the top.

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    During TFB’s visit, the “Edmund Clark: War of Terror” exhibition was running.

    You can take a sneak peek online if you wish: http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-london/exhibitions/edmundclark

    To repeat:

    The IWM London website: http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-london

    Entrance is free. Special exhibitions may cost money, check at the entrance.

    The address is Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ, Great Britain.

    I would allow at least 1 hours up to 2.5 hours for the visit, depending on your level of interest.

    The museum is not too far away from the central London, but I would recommend getting a London Taxi and spend the time inside the museum instead of traveling.

    Eric B

    Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics and sound suppressors. TCCC Certified medic.


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