I just wanted to take a few minutes to thank everyone who has accessed, shared, or used the World War I diary of my great-grandfather Albert Huet. Since February, it has been viewed more than 1,700 times. I can’t believe it. And neither can my grandfather, who is amazed that his dad’s story would be interesting to so many people.
In an effort to further enhance the project, I would now like to know how colleagues are using Albert Huet’s diary. I’m therefore requesting that anyone who has used the diary in her/his research or teaching to let me know (hhuet at ufl.edu) how it has helped you. I’m eager to learn about your experience and to link your projects/assignments/articles/books on my website.
The World War I diary of my great-grandfather, Albert Huet, has been digitized. You can find a short biography (in French) as well as the link to the collection at: https://helenehuet.org/albert-huet-wwis-diary/. Also, I added a transcription on my website for each page. For example, see https://helenehuet.org/albert-huet-wwis-diary/page-5/. As Albert entered the war a century ago, I wanted to pay homage to him and the millions of soldier who died during World War I.
As today is November 11 and we are also commemorating the centennial of World War 1, I thought I should share with you an excerpt from my great-grandfather’s diary, that he wrote after the war ended. We found his diary a few years ago, in my grandparents’ garage, and it was a very emotional moment for all of us. My great-grandfather, Albert Huet, was a young man from Normandy when he entered the war in 1916 (he had just turned 18), and after being gassed a few weeks before the Armistice, he suffered all his life from lung issues.
Page 3 of Albert Huet’s Diary.