Soldiers Tell War Tales

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VETERAN soldiers will reveal what it was really like to be an infantryman in the Second World War when a unique collection of sound recordings goes public.

More than 200 interviews with Durham Light Infantry veterans go online from November 17 in Listen to the Soldier at Durham County Record Office.

They come from the DLI Second World War Oral History Collection, which is the result of 20 years of collaboration between the Durham County Council-run DLI Museum and the Sound Archive of the Imperial War Museum, London.

It is the largest, most comprehensive collection of sound recordings relating to a British infantry regiment during the 1939-45 War.

Backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the unique collection has now been catalogued and digitised and is being made available to the public online at the Record Office, County Hall, Durham.

Steve Shannon, for the DLI, said: "The recordings cover every campaign fought by the DLI during the Second World War. …