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Unit War Diaries

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Unit War Diaries

In the British Army, they are a daily record of actions and events.

Most of the WW1 and WW2 diaries are kept at the National Archives at Kew, athough copies are also kept at various units and in Regimental museums.

For access to the ones at Kew, you'll need to get a Reader's Ticket, so visit the website to find out how you get one. It's free, but you'll need ID.

A range of WW1 War Diaries have been digitised and can be downloaded for a fee (£3.50 per section at the time of writing) from The National Archives website.

Alternatively, the Ancestry website offers access for members to a range of the digitised diaries from TNA, including the ability to read online and download individual pages. The diaries hosted on the site are principally for line Infantry battalions, although other units are represented. Currently, only diaries for the France and Flanders and Gallipoli theatres are available.