First world war diaries go online

The National Archives have announced the availability of their first tranche of First-World-War diaries, there’s a piece in the Guardian. The National Archives have digitised around 1.5 million pages of war diaries and will be releasing them throughout this year as part of their First-World-War centenary programme. This first batch of ‘unit war diaries’ are from the first three cavalry (WO 95/1096 to WO 95/1156) and the first seven infantry divisions (WO 95/1227 to WO 95/1670),  part of the first wave of British troops deployed in France and Flanders. The diaries cover the entire period of the units’ involvement in the war, from their arrival on the front to their departure at the end of the war.