Tommy Talk: War Hospital Magazines and the Literature of Resilience and Healing

  • Alice BrumbyEmail author


War hospital magazines are an important yet neglected part of First World War print culture, offering invaluable insight into the experiences and perceptions of wounded servicemen (“Tommies”) undergoing treatment regimes. These magazines reveal soldiers’ diverse responses to their wartime environment, showing that satire and humour were part of a wider, more complex emotional reaction. In contrast to other historians’ findings, this chapter demonstrates that for many of the men contributing to these magazines, resilience to the war and their injuries came from a sense of genuine patriotism and achievement rather than scathing resistance. It provides an insight into the unique cultural and artistic responses of wounded patients, which show a different picture of how they understood and responded to their wartime experiences.


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  1. 1.University of HuddersfieldHuddersfieldUK

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