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Antonia Fraser: My history

Antonia Fraser will be discussing her memoir, which is available in the bookshop, at The National Archives on Wednesday 28 January. See our Writer of the Month page for more details.

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Discover the real stories of the Indian Infantry units deployed to the Western Front.