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Operation War Diary

Operation War Diary is a Citizen Historian project that all of us with ancestors who served in WWI could get involved with and really help, informing historians everywhere.

We have all been moved by this years Remembrance Day, so many people have been posting on social media networks, pictures of their family members who served in WWI.

Operation War Diary


Project Operation War Diary seems a good way to make sure our engagement isn’t fleeting and that by showing that if we each do a little, we can all achieve such a lot.

The war diaries of the British Army serving on the Western Front are being released from the National Archive and with the expertise of the Imperial War Museum a Citizen Historian Project has been instigated to classify each page of the diaries to reveal new data and connections.

With careful interpretation, the diaries can help the family historian begin to piece together the story of an ancestors war experience.

Operation War Diary

Anyhow, take a look at Operation War Diary and become a Citizen Historian for the World War I centenary. You can choose which diary to work with, a tutorial gets you started and you can do as much or as little as you want. Citizen Historian projects are a great way of cracking through large amounts of data that otherwise would be left in the archives.

Once the job is done the diaries will be free to look at through the National Archive and can be downloaded for a small fee.

Tension between East India Company & British Government 1784

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Charles Dickens knew Florence Nightingale

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Khaki uniforms for British troops 1848

British colonial troops in India in 1848, were issued with khaki uniforms to give them camouflage in the arid dusty conditions they found themselves in. Khaki is the Hindi word meaning ‘dust covered’. Take a look at old military photos, the type of uniform could give you a hint if your ancestor served overseas and…