2 Na­tional Army Museum

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The Na­tional Army Museum in Lon­don is cur­rently un­der­go­ing a ma­jor facelift, and re­mains closed un­til 2017. How­ever, you can still ex­plore all sorts of on­line ex­hi­bi­tions in­clud­ing this one, cov­er­ing Na­tional Ser­vice and di­vided into four themes in­clud­ing En­list­ment & Train­ing, De­ploy­ment & De­mo­bil­i­sa­tion and Guns & Gear. It has im­ages, doc­u­ments and mem­o­ries from those who served. A Royal Army Pay Corps pri­vate re­calls: “I re­mem­ber most stand­ing out­side our bar­racks… Pri­vate Sul­li­van said to me while we waited: ‘Jim,’ he said. ‘ When peo­ple ask you what Na­tional Ser­vice was like, don’t for­get to tell them it was aw­ful. It was ******* aw­ful’ he said.”

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