RUSI JournalVolume 159Issue 6members only

Tommy's Tunes Recalled


The famed 1963 musical Oh What a Lovely War has its roots in over a century of popular music and soldiers’ songs

In early 2014, the Theatre Royal Stratford East presented a revival of Oh! What a Lovely War, Joan Littlewood's famous musical about the First World War. Michael Codner looks back at the musical's sources, with an overview of a century of popular music and soldiers’ songs, recalling both their humour and their bleakness.

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WRITTEN BY

Michael Codner

Senior Associate Fellow for Military History

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