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Re: War Diaries

December 6 2013 at 8:39 PM
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Nelson  (no login)


Response to War Diaries - USAT Republic, PLUM, Bloemfontein

 

John,

Have contacted you at your email address, as per request from Jan (I'm just back home last night, and this morning our email service was down).

War diaries, sensu stricto, are official documents generated during wartime. Each ship, naval station, headquarters, division, squadron, task force, fleet, etc., maintained such a diary from their first day of war to their last (the latter of which in the instance of a ship could well have been her date of destruction). Staying with ships' diaries, their contents much resembled those of the deck logs. There was a significant degree of overlap in the deck log and war diary, but there were some details appropriate for a deck log not appropriate for inclusion in the war diary, and of course vice versa. Locating these war diaries from WWII can be frustrating. I've found only those from Brooklyn class light cruisers, a few of the naval installations in Casco Bay, and 16th Naval District Headquarters in Manila Bay. Those from the Pensacola convoy may well prove highly interesting.

Nelson

 
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