Unit war di­aries

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - THE BATTLE FOR GALLIPOLI -

War di­aries are the most im­por­tant source in re­search­ing Army units whether they were in the front line or sta­tioned a long way from the ac­tion.

For re­searchers, they are the raw ma­te­rial of his­tory be­cause they con­tain the im­me­di­ate records of each day’s ac­tiv­i­ties. Nat­u­rally they are only con­cerned with the oc­cur­rences in their unit.

To get the best from them you need to use the di­aries in con­junc­tion with other records, such as pub­lished his­to­ries, mem­oirs and di­aries as well as of­fi­cial his­to­ries.

It is very un­usual to find in­di­vid­ual pri­vates and non-com­mis­sioned of­fi­cers men­tioned here.

War di­aries are the most im­por­tant source for re­search­ing Army units

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