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SOUTH COAST OF ENGLAND 

BATTLEFIELD AND MILITARY HERITAGE 

If you are  looking for something to do for an afternoon while on holiday somewhere in Britian, we can find a local expert guide for the battlefield and arrange a tour for you.  

 

This  corner of England closest to the continent of Europe has the been the site of the major battles against foreign invaders, Ancient Britions v Romans; Saxons v Normans and the Luftwaffe v the RAF, and of castles such as Dover and Rochester as well as some of the battles sucvh as Lewes 1264 that shaped our country. 


Events on the South Coast

If you are planning a tour to Britian, and would like to take in some of the spectacle of our military heritage we can help you to take advantage of the dozens of re-enactment and other events staged around the country.


We will be adding an events calendar so you can see what is on and where!

Battle of Roundway Down (13 July 1643) 

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The Battle of Roundway Down was fought on 13 July 1643, during the First English Civil War. A Royalist cavalry force under Lord Wilmot won a crushing victory over the Parliamentarians under Sir William Waller who were besieging Devizes in central Wiltshire, which was defended by Lord Hopton. It is on the English Heritage Battlefield Register 

The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum 

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Housed on the ground floor of a fine mediaeval building in Salisbury  with a well stocked riverside garden, this collection covers the history of the County Regiments of Berkshire and Wiltshire and their more recent successors. 

Royal Signals Museum

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The collection at Balndford Forum reflects the history of military communications from the Crimea to the present day with displays on the Great War, the Second World War, Korea, the Falklands and the Gulf War. There is reference to the activities of the Special Operations Executive (SOE), the ATS, Long Range Desert Group and SAS Signals featuring vehicles, motorbikes, uniforms, medals, equipment, memorabilia and trench art. It addresses the history of codes and code breaking. 

French invasion of the Isle of Wight (July 1545)

The French invasion of the Isle of Wight occurred during the Italian Wars in July 1545. The invasion was repulsed. France had a long history of attacking the Island, and the 1545 campaign proved to be the last time the French would attempt to take it. The battles fought (including the battles of the Solent and Bonchurch) ended without a clear winner, the French were repelled, i

Corfe Castle Seige s 1643 & 1645)

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Lady Mary Bankes, led the defence of Coirfe Castle when it was twice besieged by Parliamentarian forces. The first siege, in 1643, was unsuccessful, but by 1645 Corfe was one of the last remaining royalist strongholds in southern England and fell to a siege ending in an assault.

Cheseapeake Mill Battle off Cape St Ann (1st June 1813)

The historical significance of this fine building arises first of all from the timbers used in its construction. These timbers come from the United States frigate Chesapeake, which was captured by the Royal Navy during the War of 1812. 

HMS Victory

HMS Victory is a 104-gun first-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, laid down in 1759 and launched in 1765. She is most famous as Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. She was also Keppel's flagship at Ushant, Howe's flagship at Cape Spartel and Jervis's flagship at Cape St Vincent. After 1824 she served as a harbour ship. In 1922 she was moved to a dry dock at Portsmouth, England, and preserved as a museum ship. She is the flagship of the First Sea Lord and is the oldest naval ship still in commission

Siege of Basing House 

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The siege of Basing House near Basingstoke in Hampshire, was a Parliamentarian victory late in the First English Civil War. There were three major engagements. John Paulet, 5th Marquis of Winchester owned the house and as a committed Royalist garrisoned it in support of King Charles I, as it commanded the road from London to the west through Salisbury.  After attempts in 16743 and 1644 the house tell to the Parliamentarians on 14 October 1645

 Battle of Alton (13 December 1643)

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The Battle of Alton of the First English Civil War, took place in the town of Alton, Hampshire, There, Parliamentary forces serving under Sir William Waller led a successful surprise attack on a winter garrison of Royalist infantry and cavalry serving under the Earl of Crawford.[3] In the context of the First English Civil War, the Battle of Alton was the first decisive defeat of Sir Ralph Hopton, leader of Royalist forces in the south

Museum of Army Flying

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Situated at Middle Wallop and adjacent to the Army Air Corps’ busy working airfield, the Museum of Army Flying is packed with historic helicopters, aeroplanes, kites and gliders, dioramas, exhibits and displays, all telling the story of “soldiers in the air” from late 19th century balloons to the present day and attack helicopters. Plus simulators and rifle ranges, 1940s House, Childrens’ Centre, Cinema, gift shop, licensed café with airfield views and balcony, picnic area, outdoor Play Park, Memorial Garden and plenty of free parking for coaches and cars. Middle Wallop was a WW2 Fighter Station

Museum of Army Chaplaincy

The collection celebrates the work of Army Chaplains through the years including church silver, uniforms, medals and important archive material. It is loicated in Andover.

Mary Rose 

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The Mary Rose was a carrack-type warship of the English Tudor navy of King Henry VIII. After serving for 33 years in several wars against France, Scotland, and Brittany and after being substantially rebuilt in 1536, she saw her last action on 19 July 1545. While leading the attack on the galleys of a French invasion fleet, she sank in the Solent, the straits north of the Isle of Wight. The wreck of the Mary Rose was rediscovered in 1971 and salvaged in 1982 by the Mary Rose Trust in one of the most complex and expensive projects in the history of maritime archaeology. The surviving section of the ship and thousands of recovered artefacts are of immeasurable value as a Tudor-era time capsule.

Royal Military Police Museum

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The Museum , based at the Defence School of Policing,, Southwick Park, traces the history of Britain's Military Police from its origins to current operations in support of the United Nations(UN) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO. Artefacts range from Napoleonic medals to an illicit still from a Displaced Persons (DP)Camp in Hamburg. Special displays include Close Protection (CP),the role of the Special Investigation Branch (SIB)and operations in both World Wars and from 1945 onwards.

Fort Nelson

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Fort Nelson, North of Portsmouth  is one of five defensive forts built on the summit of Portsdown Hill in the 1860s, overlooking the important naval base of Portsmouth. It is now part of the Royal Armouries, housing their collection of artillery.

D Day Museum Portsmouth 

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Portsmouth’s D-Day Museum is Britain’s only museum dedicated solely to covering all aspects of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, on 6 June 1944. D-Day was a turning point in the Second World War, and a moment when the course of world events depended on the Allied troops taking part.

Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum

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An outstanding collection of uniforms, weapons, silver, paintings and medals, including 31 of the Regiment’s 59 Victoria Crosses, all impressively displayed, record the history of the Royal Green Jackets and its antecedent regiments from 1741 to the present day. Amongst several models is a magnificent diorama of Waterloo with 22, 000 model soldiers and horses and an accompanying sound and light commentary

Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum

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The collection of Hampshire’s County Regiment, the Militia, Rifle Volunteers and Volunteers from 1702 onwards. The Museum is located in the extremely handsome Serle’s House c.1730, former headquarters of The Royal Hampshire Regiment. 

Royal Marines Museum

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The Museum represents the history of the Royal Marines from their beginnings in 1664 through to the present day. The Museum is located in the former Eastney Barracks which was originally constructed as the Headquarters of the Royal Marine Artillery in the 1860s.

Southwick House 

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In 1944, in the months leading up to D-Day, Southwick House Portsmouth became the headquarters of the main allied commanders, including Naval Commander-in-Chief Admiral Ramsay, Allied Supreme Comder General Eisenhower and the Army Commander-in-Chief General Montgomery.  The large wall maps that were used in planning D-Day are still in place in the house, with the various markers showing the positions of the involved forces at the moment the first landing commenced. 

Royal Army Physical Training Corps Museum

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The items and memorabilia displayed in nFox Lines Aldershot  tell the story of physical training in the Army from 1860 to the present day. Exhibits concentrate on the theme of the soldier-sportsman and there is an interesting display relating to members of the Corps who have represented their country at International and Olympic level. 

Adjutant General's Corps Museum Collection

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The Adjutant General's Corps was formed in 1992 and the museum tells the histories of those corps from which it was formed using text, images, objects, uniforms and realistic figure reconstructions. The Guardroom,,Peninsula Barracks, Romsey Rd,Winchester,

Army Medical Services Museum Deepcut

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The museum covers the history of military medicine, veterinary science, nursing and dentistry from 1660 to the present. Included amongst the displays are uniforms, medals, and insignia but also surgical instruments and military ambulances

HorsePower,The Museum of The King's Royal Hussars in Winchester

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A comprehensive collection of uniforms, medals, weapons, paintings, photographs, regimental silver and Guidons trace the history of The King’s Royal Hussars and its predecessor regiments from their foundation in 1715 to the present day. 

Battle of Cheriton (29 March 1644)

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The Battle of Cheriton was an important Parliamentarian victory in the English Civil War. It  resulted in the defeat of a Royalist army, which threw King Charles I onto the defensive for the remainder of the year. t is on the English Heritage Battlefield Register 

Gurkha Museum - Winchester

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The Gurkha Museum, tells the story of Gurkha service to the Crown since 1815, covering the Indian Mutiny, North-West Frontier, both World Wars, post-Empire conflicts in Vietnam, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and the Falkland Islands and a variety of more recent UN operations including Zaire, the Gulf, Bosnia, Kosovo, East Timor, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan. The collection also reflects the art and culture of Nepal. 

Former RAF Station Tangmere

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Tangmere Military Aviation Museum is situated in a corner of the old RAF Tangmere airfield. The Museum is home to an impressive display of historic aircraft and a unique collection of aviation memorabilia stretching from the First World War through to the Cold War.  Amongst the many attractions, are numerous interactive displays and several aircraft simulators for visitors to experience.  

Portsmouth Naval Memorial

The Portsmouth Naval Memorial on Southsea Common commemorates around 10,000 sailors of the First World War and almost 15,000 of the Second World War