5 exhibits worth seeing at the Imperial War Museum in LondonCulture . English . Travel
One visit to London’s Imperial War Museum is far from enough. I spent there four hours today and I only managed to see a small fraction of its collections. Here are the five exhibits I found most interesting:
5. A civilian’s blown up car
This car was parked at Baghdad’s Al-Mutanabbi book market when a bomb exploded killing 38 people in 2007. It was added to IWM’s collection to remind its visitors of the impact war can have on civilians. It is estimated that more than 150,000 civilians lost their life during the last Iraqi War.
4. The Reich Chancellery Eagle
Designed by Hitler’s Architect, Albert Speer, this eagle was one of the two incorporated into the Reich’s Chancellery in Berlin. Upon Berlin’s occupation by the Allies, the eagle was removed and then exhibited by the British Army of the Rhine in Germany.
3. A Japenese Mitsubishi Zero fighter
This fighter was discovered 50 years after WWII had ended in a jungle on Taroa Island in the Pacific Ocean. “Zero” fighters scored many victories for the Japanese Air Force at the early stages of the war. However, they were already outdated by 1944, as they were unable to compete with the more advanced Allies fighters.
2. “Little Boy”
One of the original five casings built for the Little Boy bomb used on Hiroshima. Along with the other three remaining “Little Boys”, this one was also disarmed and went on display in 2015.
1. A Reuters armored jeep hit by the Israeli Army
This jeep was hit during an Israeli airstrike, injuring its two passengers, the Reuters cameraman, Fadel Shana, and the photographer, Sabah Hamaida. As you can see in the photos the jeep was clearly marked, but IDF claimed that they did not identify it as a media vehicle, denying that they would ever target journalists. Two years later, Fadel Shana was killed while filming the Israeli tanks that fired at him. IDF closed the investigation without taking any disciplinary action against the tank crew.
Between 1992 and 2015, 236 journalists have been killed in combat or through crossfire. Out of these 236 journalists:
- 64 died in Syria
- 55 in Iraq
- 19 in Russia and Georgie
- 18 in Bosnia and Serbia
- 14 in Israel and Palestinian territories
- 12 in Somalia
- 9 in Afghanistan
How to visit IWM
Imperial War Museums are actually five, three in London, one in Manchester, and one in Duxford. The Lambeth branch in London is open every day from 10am to 6pm. It is easily accessible from the stations Lambeth North and Elephant and Castle.