Interactive timeline - Conflict
Battle of Plataea
Final major battle of the Greco-Persian Wars; ending the expansion of the Persian Empire into Greece.
Battle of 'Ain Jalut
'Ayn Jalut was a major world event. The first time a Mongol army was defeated in open battle.
Battle of Crécy
First land victory of the '100 Years War' for English infantry over French mounted knights.
Siege of Constantinople
The fall of Constantinople was the first great siege won with gunpowder artillery.
Battle of Pavia
First significant victory by infantry with firearms over fully armoured knights on the battlefield.
Battle of Panipat
A traditional Indian army with war elephants is beaten by artillery and infantry musketeers.
Defeat of Spanish Armada
Spain's attempt to invade England ended when English ships with superior guns defeated its Armada.
Battle of Sekigahara
100 years of civil war ends. Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu's dynasty rules Japan for the next 250 years.
Battle of Naseby
Charles I defeated. He is arrested, tried and executed. Parliament rules England as a republic.
Battle of Waterloo
Wellington described Napoleon's defeat as a 'close run thing'. The battle's outcome shaped Europe.
Explore the word-class collection of arms and armour every day at the Royal Armouries with talks, tours and handling sessions from our Visitor Experience Team. A series of free sessions delivered by our enthusiastic and knowledgeable team take place in the galleries each day.
Indian Treasures Tour:
Royal Armouries has one of the finest collections of Indian arms and armour in the world. Discover the wonders of the magnificent elephant armour, exotic quoit turban and exquisite pangolin coat.
Explore the splendour and pageantry of the court of Henry VIII in the Tournament Gallery. Our specialised talks and tours will give an insight, not only into the arms and armour of the time but into the drama of the Tudor Age.
Join the Visitor Experience Team as they reveal the true horrors of the trenches in this talk and interactive handling session. Get up close and handle weapons that were used by British, German and American soldiers during the “war to end all wars”.
Introduction to Firearms:
Since the 17th Century to modern day, rifle technology has adapted to the challenges of the ever-changing battlefield. This Introduction to Firearms talk and interactive handling session examines some of the most iconic firearms in history from the Martini Henry to the SLR.
Royalists and Rebels:
Royal Armouries’ English Civil War collection boasts an array of infantry and cavalry arms and armour from the 1640s. Delve into this turbulent historical period with our interactive tour and handling session.
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