Consigned to Oblivion

Oct 30, 2018 | Papers, Publications

Consigned to Oblivion: Rehabilitation of First World War Disabled Veterans in Portugal (1917–1927)

  • Helena da Silva
  • 2018
  • War & Society
  • Volume 37, Issue 4
  • 262-279 p.
  • Language: English
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/07292473.2018.1496787
  • ISSN: 0729-2473 / 2042-4345 (online)

Article inlcuded in the thematic issue “New research on the First World War“.

The First World War is known for its use of advanced weaponry, which caused massive injuries. Over 8,000 Portuguese soldiers who had fought in the African and European theatres of war returned home with a disability. Through a qualitative analysis of archival data, newspaper articles, and legislation, this article examines what was done for these disabled veterans in Portugal between 1917 and 1927, drawing comparisons with similar situations in other countries. As it will be noted, voluntary organisations and the State took limited measures to rehabilitate disabled ex-servicemen, who were consigned to oblivion.

Keywords:
Great War, Portugal, maimed soldiers, re-education, disabled war veterans

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