The war diaries of Siegfried Sassoon have been published online for the first time by Cambridge University. The papers include diary entries, sketches and reflections upon the war as it unfolded around him. The diaries bear the marks of conflict having travelled with the writer through the events describes upon their pages. The digitisation of the diaries enables the viewer to read not only the words on the page as witness to the war but also the very objects themselves.
The notebooks kept by the soldier-poet Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967) during his service in the British Army in the First World War are among the most remarkable documents of their kind, and provide an extraordinary insight into his participation in one of the defining conflicts of European history. BBC reporter Jo Black has visited the archive and her film can be seen here: Siegfried Sassoon’s was diaries