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King George V's War Museum

A collection displayed at Windsor Castle by George V following the First World War

War by land

The First World War instigated the development of modern trench warfare. Daily life for soldiers in the trenches was monotonous, with endless trench and weapon maintenance interrupted only by the dangers of enemy shelling and gas attack. Conditions were poor; a lack of basic sanitation and wet weather led to disease and ailments such as trench foot, caused by prolonged exposure to damp and cold.

A soldier seated in trench during a storm©

Princess Mary, the eldest daughter of King George V and Queen Mary, organised small individual Christmas gift boxes and the Belgian King and Queen sent fabric 'housewives' to their front lines as gestures of gratitude to those serving. The introduction of tanks to the battlefield in 1917 marked the beginning of the end of trench warfare.

The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.