13 March 2009

New WW1 data

An amazing story from the BBC about long-overlooked records of First World War soldiers; 20 million sets of details, carefully entered on card indexes, or written into ledgers, in the basement of the Red Cross headquarters in Geneva.

Researcher Peter Barton who uncovered them said that "To a military historian, this was like finding Tutankhamen's tomb and the terracotta warriors on the same day,"

There's a short video clip.

If it was closer to April Fools Day I'd be thinking someone was pulling our collective leg.

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