The National Archives announced a couple of days ago that it has made a third batch of WWI unit war diaries from France and Flanders available online through its First World War 100 portal.
The unit war diaries provide accounts of battles, events, and daily routines of British troops on the Western Front.
William Spencer, author and principal military records specialist at The National Archives, said: “Now that this latest batch of unit war diaries is online, people all around the world can read the official army accounts to discover more about the troops on the Western Front. The diaries note successful battles, such as 46th Division breaking the Hindenburg Line, as well as failures and casualties in key battles such as those on the Somme in 1916. They also provide rare insights into how the troops maintained the environment in the trenches as well as the sports days which helped to keep them motivated.”
Learn more about The National Archives’ war diaries digitization project here.
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