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Publishing WW2 Diary

Article about: Hello all, Just a quick question. I've recently bought a few diaries and paperwork of a soldier in India and Africa during WW2. I haven't received them yet but should in a few days. I am hop

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    Quote by edelweiss123 View Post
    Thank you! Its all so confusing! The seller says she bought them of someone etc etc...so a hell of a paper trail. Unless i win the lottery and become creative overnight, i see little financial gain in making a film

    I just wanted to make sure i could share it without stepping on any legal toes
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    As has been said, if i put them on here for you all to see i am merely sharing an item of my collection. What annoys me, is the owner of these diaries sold them on. Im assuming this is a relative of the late owner. So they obviously weren't interested. However, if it were to be published, they would soon become interested in their relatives history. Cases like this i imagine stop a lot of people sharing the history the have of soldiers and their diaries etc...Rant over

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    I recently transcribed the complete diary of a B24 bombardier in the Pacific on this forum:
    http://www.warrelics.eu/forum/docs-p...acific-188862/

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    I recently transcribed the complete diary of a B24 bombardier in the Pacific on this forum:
    http://www.warrelics.eu/forum/docs-p...acific-188862/
    Very nice! How long did it take? Apparently the 6 diaries are full and are pretty large books. Will keep me out of trouble for a while.

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    As a rather famous gentleman once said.......


    "PUBLISH AND BE DAMNED!!"
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    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Army cadet paperwork? Interesting, im in the army cadets as a trainee NCO right now.
    Looking forward to seeing the diary!

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    Army cadet paperwork? Interesting, im in the army cadets as a trainee NCO right now.
    Looking forward to seeing the diary!
    It's certainly a mixture of paperwork all for the one man.

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    Quote by edelweiss123 View Post
    Very nice! How long did it take? Apparently the 6 diaries are full and are pretty large books. Will keep me out of trouble for a while.
    It took approximately 10days to transcribe the handwritten text in the diary. A little longer to type up all of the extra bits that were in there (letters, newspaper clippings, poems, etc.). I had to take a few days off here and there due to straining my eyes and also just not enough free time.

    Transcribing that diary was a labor of love for me and I spent ~2+ hours a day on it and often set up at the local library so my family wouldn't bother me!

    The worst part was trying to decipher the quirks in the bombardier's handwriting style and also figuring out the obscure names of exotic South Pacific locales. Specifically, the way he wrote "Nadzab" and "Tacloban" (airfields in New Guinea and the Philippines) was almost illegible! I spent hours typing in words with letter combinations that seemed to work until I finally got it right. At one point, I was so frustrated that I walked around the library with the diary in-hand asking random people what they thought those jumble of letters said!

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    Haha! At least if i can share the workload with James. Im looking forward to seeing what it contains and how the other bits and pieces. The pictures show what i've got coming...
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    Looks like you have like 4X the workload that I did!

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