Australian Imperial Force unit war diaries, 1914-18 War
|Collection type||Official Record|
|Title||Australian Imperial Force unit war diaries, 1914-18 War|
|Object type||Official Record|
|Copyright||Commonwealth of Australia copyright|
|Copying provision||Copy provided for personal non-commercial use, permission from copyright holder must be sought for commercial use|
|Description||This series comprises the War Diaries created by the units of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during the First World War. While on active service, Army headquarters, formations and units were required to keep unit war diaries recording their daily activities. These diaries were arranged by unit and covered the period of one month at a time.|
The content of the war diaries generally consist of war diary or intelligence summary sheets located at the beginning of each diary which record the date of each entry, the unit’s location, a summary of events and any remarks or references to appendices. The appendices, which make up the larger part of each diary, may include orders, despatches, instructions, reports, telegrams, and decisions taken; daily situation reports; staff duties; accounts of operations; changes in establishment or strength; and a summary of information received.
The overall quality of the diaries can be variable and usually reflects the attitude of the unit's commanding office, and the skill and conscientiousness of the individual charged with compiling it.
More information can be found in the introduction to the series.