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German army medical service
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Toy soldier set, German army medical service, 1936 © V&A Images
Cameron Highlanders
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Toy soldier set, Queenʼs Own Cameron Highlanders, 1900 © V&A Images

Action Man SAS Key Figure
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1978-80 © V&A Images

Action Man Space Ranger
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1970s-80s © V&A Images

Astronaut Cragstan 1950-60
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© V&A Images

Card Game England Expects 1940
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© V&A Images

Daddy, what did YOU do?
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Poster: Daddy, what did YOU do in the Great War? c.1914-15 © V&A Images
 
Native American Indian
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Mechanical toy native American Indian 1960s-70s © V&A Images
Prussian Cuirassier soldiers
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Cut out Prussian Cuirassier mounted soldiers, 1870 © V&A Images
 
Pull along toy, 1980-89
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© V&A Images

Russia versus Turkey
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Cover for the board game, A New Game of Russia versus Turkey, 1853 © V&A Images

Space toy ray gun, 1960-69
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© V&A Images

Spitfire, 1940s
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© V&A Images

Toy soldier set, 17th Lancers
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1900 © V&A Images

Brace yourself for a playful battle in an inventively staged exhibition that considers how we play at war, from childhood games of cowboys and indians to propagandist curios such as Hitler building blocks (learn to spell with the Fuhrer!). Searchlights, sirens and overhead camo nets create an immersive space, with a bunker to explore, historic uniforms to try on and binoculars to peer through. Grown-up retronauts will get a kick out of seeing toys from eras past (a Lego Death Star, Skeletor, GI Joe…), engaged in an intergalactic, time-travelling diorama complete with noisy rays you can fire.