Are you curious to discover what battles an individual fought in? Or what a unit did during the First or Second World War? Or maybe what regions a person travelled through with their unit?
In the first post, we suggested Published Histories. If there is no published history, or it is not detailed enough, then War Diaries may help.
War Diaries are the day-to-day log of a unit’s activities. For the Army, the official term is “War Diary.” For the Navy, the official term is “Ship Log” and for the Air Force it is “Operation Record Book.”
The Advantages of War Diaries
- They provide the most complete first-hand record of how and where the unit was deployed;
- They provide information that may not have been included in a published history.
To search for War Diaries, please use our Archives Search database.
For more details on War Diaries, visit our Military Heritage website.
- War Diaries are not personal diaries. They rarely record information about individual soldiers.
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