Unheard Voices of the First World War

Much of what we now think of as the reality of the First World War is informed by the writing produced by soldiers on both sides of the conflict. Though losing none of their impact over the years, the poetry, novels and memoirs are established, well known and familiar now.

But a vast body of writing, by and for the serving men and women of every combatant nation has lain hidden in libraries and archives around the world. Until now.

ProQuest has created an unprecedented digital collection called Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War. Produced by every type of unit, of all nationalities, serving on every active front as well as the home fronts, these magazines were generally not intended for a civilian audience and truly constitute the voice of the unit. As a record of the experiences of the ordinary men and women who were embroiled in that conflict they represent a vast library of lost voices and a vital counter-point to the established literature and official histories.

New Zealand soldiers with a copy of New Zealand at the Front, 20 Nov 1917, Alexander Turnbull Library, Reference No. 1/2-012980-G

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Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War has received wide critical acclaim. The Charleston Advisor describes the collection as “an unparalleled archival resource” and Information Today calls it an “unfiltered view into life in the trenches during the First World War”. Choice Magazine states that it offers “a wealth of interesting material” to the researcher in a range of subjects.

ProQuest is proud to bring this unrivalled collection of rare and previously inaccessible resources to the researcher at a critical time in the re-assessment of the “war to end all wars”.

Trench Journals and Unit Magazines of the First World War is available for institutional access. Learn more about the database and methods of access by watching the video, viewing the product page and contacting ProQuest about institutional trials and purchases.

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