As a Training Ground for War: How Sport Prepares Soldiers for the Battlefield

As a Training Ground for War: How Sport Prepares Soldiers for the Battlefield

Free exhibition from Friday 16 - Friday 30 August in our foyer during normal opening hours.
  • The Army has always played sport. Through peacetime and war, the British soldier has carried the boxing glove alongside the bayonet. Army sport evokes a series of striking images, from footballs being kicked across No Man's Land in the First World War, to 80,000 spectators roaring on the Army vs Navy rugby match at Twickenham.
  • Sport builds qualities of fitness, discipline and camaraderie. It teaches soldiers to negotiate battlefield obstacles, operate effectively together and develop the determination to win. It is recognised as a crucial factor in maintaining the physical development and operational capability of the Army.
  • This exhibition focuses on the ways that sport prepares soldiers for the battlefield. It explores the three key strands of fitness, teamwork and fighting capability through historic and current day examples of military and sporting equipment.
  • These range from the Olympic wrestling medal won by a First World War unarmed combat specialist to the gloves worn by the Army boxing team in Inter-Service and international competitions in 2018.
  • The exhibition draws on the collections of several military and sporting museums, as well as the current Army. It forms part of Sporting Heritage and the Armed Forces, a collaboration between the Army Museums Ogilby Trust and Sporting Heritage networks. This aims to uncover, share, and celebrate collections with a focus on sporting heritage and the Armed Forces.
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
When
16 Aug 2019
until 30 Aug 2019
Where
Surrey History Centre
130 Goldsworth Road
Woking
GU21 6ND

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