Recycling the disabled
The mobilisation of the wounded in war-time Germany
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Chapter five examines how the “recovered labor” of the disabled soldier was organized and distributed within the wartime economy. It reveals the links forged by military authorities between the medical project of healing the disabled and the national project of “total mobilization” once the manpower crisis set in by mid-1916. Having been convinced by medical authorities that the permanently injured were capable of work, key figures in German industry began developing ways to re-use the disabled for the production of war materiel. The military, too, recognized the advantages of harnessing the labor of these newly-restored men. Through two case studies—the Siemens plant in Berlin and the Deputy War Office in Dresden (Saxony)—this study shows how both army and industry became major advocates of “recycling the disabled” within the militarized labor economy of “total war” from 1916-1918.

Recycling the disabled

Army, Medicine, and Modernity in WWI Germany


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