Boeing and the Imperial War Museum celebrate the opening of "War Story: Serving in Afghanistan"
November 03, 2011 - On 3 November, Boeing and the Imperial War Museum celebrated the opening of War Story: Serving in Afghanistan. Launched in 2009 in partnership with the MoD, and supported by Boeing, War Story offers British service personnel who have served on Operation Herrick, the opportunity to record their role in history by preserving their personal accounts of the current conflict in Afghanistan in the Museum’s unrivalled national collections
Set in the Museum’s grand atrium, the display features 15 personal artefacts as well as digital screens packed with video footage, images and interviews. Over the last two years, the Museum has been given unprecedented access to service personnel when they return from Afghanistan and this is the first time that the majority of the material collected will be on public display, each described and explained in the words and voices of the men and women who wore, used or created them.
Highlights include a piece of shrapnel pulled out Sergeant Shimmins’ body armour after a rocket attack on Sangin; a CamelBak water flask that was drained with water when three bullets went through it while Guardsman Terry Brazier was on patrol this year; a Taliban flag captured by troops from 1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment in Nad’Ali earlier this year; an IED mine detection kit and the Union flag that flew over Sangin, displayed folded up, untouched since it was lowered in a ceremony in 2010. Visitors can also see raw video footage of troops on patrol, in contact situations, video diary tours in their patrol bases and candid personal snapshots showing them off duty.
In addition, a display of 40 images of service personnel involved in the project are on show on the third floor balconies overlooking the atrium.
Mike Kurth, Managing Director of Boeing Defence UK Ltd said: “War Story is a unique opportunity to develop public understanding of the Afghanistan wartime service experience of dedicated and committed UK uniformed service personnel and their families. It’s an honour to support this effort, and this display which will provide a window into their heroism, sacrifice and challenges in times of war.”
The project will continue until November 2012.