Friday, October 21, 2016

How the diary works

If you have any information about the 897th or 3562nd, please contact me!
The diary entry on the 897th main page is coded into an XML file and parsed according to the current date. There is a four year cycle beginning in late 1942, with the 1944-45 period repeated (because there simply aren’t four full years of diary entries). The cycle’s beginning is timed to match a current leap year with 1944, so that February 29 doesn’t have to be fudged. Not all days have unique diary entries. The cycle started fresh in 2006.
If you'd like to publish diary entries on your own web site, let me know.


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  2. could be interesting to publish something about service troops - let me know

    1. I don't have any real knowledge of this, especially as it relates to the 897th/3562nd. The historical text, such as in the diary entries, comes from documents written by 897th personnel written during or just after the war. If they didn't mention service troops then I have no info.