Autograph First World War Diary of Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, 1914-1919.

Documentary heritage submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2015.

© National Library of Scotland
Haig diary entry, 11 November 1918, page 1.

The First World War shaped the world throughout the 20th century, and profoundly affected the combatant nations in an unprecedented way. Field Marshal Douglas Haig commanded the largest British Army ever assembled. His diary provides insight into how and why decisions were made, and of the interplay between Haig and other Allied generals. As undoubtedly the most detailed and extensive account kept by any senior commander during the war, the diary is unique. Written in these circumstances, it offers an immediacy that few documentary sources can in the day-to-day record of this cataclysm.

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