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Siegfried Sassoon's war diaries

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The diaries of war poet Siegfried Sassoon are being published online for the first time.

The archive of 23 journals and two notebooks of poetry has been digitised by the Cambridge University Library, which bought the collection in 2009.

Until now only Sassoon's official biographer - Max Egremont - has had access to the complete 4,100-page archive due to its fragile state.

Librarian Anne Jarvis said the war diaries were of "towering importance".

Sassoon Journals

all their hope & merriment snuffed out for ever, and their voices fading on the winds of thought, from memory to memory, from hour to hour, until they are no more to be recalled.

— Siegfried Sassoon, journal entry, 13 July 1916 (
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  • Cambridge Digital Library link

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His war poetry written in the trenches is very moving.

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aye .... the very first front line reports without the politico embellishment .... No more "Over there boys !!!"

aye ....

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