British National Archives Releases World War I Soldier Diaries Online

The British National Archives announced that it was putting World War I soldier diaries online.

British units were required to keep official journals daily. The archives hold about 1.5 million pages accounting life in the trenches, and about 20 percent of them have been digitized so far.

The first group of diaries describes the experiences of three cavalry divisions and seven infantry divisions, including the Fourth Dragoon Guards, which fought in the Battle of Mons, the first major action for the British, in August 1914.

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