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The online publication of thousands of pages of diary entries from the First World War will allow "allows people across the world to discover daily activities, stories and battles of each unit for themselves", author and military records specialist William Spencer said.
The diaries are the most popular records from The National Archives' First World War collection and are being digitised as part of the organisation's centenary programme.
Mr Spencer said he hopes the publication of the diaries will enable people to learn more about the First World War, and shed some light on the thoughts and feelings of the men who fought it. He said:
"It's interesting because it's humanising it. War is a de-humanising thing."
The publication of thousands of diaries from servicemen who fought in the First World War will enable their voices to heard, Culture Secretary Maria Miller said.
Speaking ahead of the publication of the extracts today, she said:
Hundreds of thousands of pages of diaries from units from the First World War have been digitised and will be available to read online today.
The National Archives is publishing the first batch of unit diaries from France and Flanders as part of the organisations centenary programme.
The organisation is hoping that "citizen historians" will read the diaries to unearth new discoveries about life at war.
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The diaries of soldiers who served during the First World War have been published online for the first time. Here are some of the extracts.