Singing was an important leisure activity for Canadian soldiers serving overseas in the Great War. Soldiers sang popular songs of the day and religious hymns, while also parodying them to better suit their wartime experience. Singing was a group activity that brought men together, forged bonds of comradeship, reinforced belonging in the group, and helped the soldiers endure the strain of unending combat and service. Wartime songs reveal the culture from below and shed new light on the soldiers' experience.

Canadian Expeditionary Force, identity, singing, songs, subversive
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American Review of Canadian Studies
Department of History

Tim, T. (2009). The singing war: Canadian soldiers' songs of the Great War. American Review of Canadian Studies, 39(3), 224–241. doi:10.1080/02722010903125740