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Chelsea Pensioners in Conversation: Recollections of the Cold War

25 September 2022, 2.00pm

Chelsea Pensioners
Chelsea Pensioners
Chelsea Pensioners
25 September 2022, 2.00pm

Chelsea Pensioners in Conversation: Recollections of the Cold War

Join the Chelsea Pensioners as they reflect on their service in the British Army and, in particular, on fighting a mercurial enemy in the shadow of the Cold War.
 £10.00 (Concessions: £8.00)

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Immortalised in popular culture by depictions of espionage and double agents, the Cold War was a period of geopolitical tension between the Western allies and the Soviet Union in the aftermath of the Second World War.

The British Army had served alongside its Soviet counterpart as the occupying force tasked with rebuilding Germany post-1945. However, the next 40 years would see this relationship deteriorate from uneasy friends to outright foes, resulting in the emergence of a Nato fighting force able to respond to the looming threat from Eastern Europe.

The Chelsea Pensioners will share memories of serving in the British Army during the Cold War, living under the threat of nuclear attack and the very real prospect of a Warsaw Pact assault on the Western bloc.

The Chelsea Pensioners

Any former soldier of the British Army over the age of 65 can apply for full-time resident at the Royal Hospital Chelsea as a Chelsea Pensioner.

Some 300 veterans call the Royal Hospital home today, including men and women who served in conflicts such as the Second World War, Korea and the First Gulf War. Today’s community, decorated with 730 medals and with 5,373 years of combined military service, represents 69 British Army regiments and corps.

Hailing from across the United Kingdom as well as overseas, members of our veteran population come from a wide spectrum of backgrounds, with an average age of 82 years.

Thought their service records and civilian lives are entirely individual, each Chelsea Pensioner understands what it means to serve in the armed forces and the potential sacrifice that entails.

The Royal Hospital’s military ethos places a premium on respect and camaraderie. We work in collaboration with the military community to raise awareness of and encourage the nation’s respect, support and affection for its veterans.

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25 September 2022
2.00pm - 3.00pm
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National Army Museum (Foyle 2)
Royal Hospital Road
London, SW3 4HT United Kingdom