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Smile when Suffering: Cartoons from the Trenches, 1914-18

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British and Dominion soldiers’ Great War field publications are relatively well known, but the way troops created cartoon narratives has been neglected. The concerns of the lower ranks about medical services, discomforts, food and drink, leave, military routines, complaints about officers, and expectations versus emerging reality, all emerged as humour from adversity. The central comic character was the long suffering citizen soldier, portrayed as a source of entertainment and morale boosting.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Lunchtime Seminar Series - Wednesdays of Full Term series.

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