Haig's war diary added to UNESCO register

Part of a handwritten diary page
Diary entry for the day in 1918 when
the Armistice was signed.

The international importance of Field Marshal Douglas Haig's First World War diary has been recognised today (July 9).

Haig's diary, now held by the National Library of Scotland, has been added to the UK Memory of the World Register.

Run by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the online register promotes the importance of documentary heritage across the UK and the world. It now includes six items from the Library's collections, ranging from the 16th to the 20th centuries.

General Sir Douglas Haig

During the 1914-1918 war, Haig was Commander-in-Chief of the British Expeditionary Force — the largest British Army ever assembled. He recorded the war's progress every day in his handwritten diary.

As a result we have a document which offers a unique insight into both the Great War and one of Britain's most controversial generals.

Read more in our 'Memory of the World' press release.

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9 July 2013

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