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Your help is needed to transcribe WW2 documents

17 May 2018

During the war, Research Branch of the US War Department surveyed about half a million military personnel. These individuals offered advice, praise, criticism, and personal stories, covering topics as wide ranging as food in the field, training, and the treatment of African-Americans. Today, these most valuable insights remain in hand-written form. Interested researchers must travel to the US National Archives and Records Administration facilities in Washington DC to access them via microfilm.

"The American Soldier in World War II" is a Virginia Tech-based project to make available to the public this remarkable collection. This project is using Zooniverse to transcribe about 65,000 digital images of these surveys into text, and thus making them infinitely more accessible to the general public, thus providing a comprehensive portrait of the largest military in US history.

The project is calling on you to help! Volunteers are needed to help transcribe this national treasure. Please check out the project's Zooniverse site and contribute.

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