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The effects of shell shock on WWI soldiers

The Daily Mail has posted some disturbing footage, compiled by British Pathé film archivists, which shows the effects of shell shock on WWI soldiers.

Shell shock was a term used during the First World War to describe the psychological trauma suffered by men serving on the war’s key battlefronts.

The term was coined, in 1917, by a medical officer called Charles Myers – it was also known as ‘war neurosis’, ‘combat stress’ and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

At first shell shock was thought to be caused by soldiers being exposed to exploding shells. But doctors couldn’t find any physical damage to explain the symptoms. Medical staff started to realise that there were deeper causes.

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Story: Nivedita Khandekar, Hindustan Times | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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