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Shell Shock was the post-WWI name for the condition. During the war, those with "cowardice" as the condition was called were forced back to the front. Those that failed to do their duty were executed by firing squad. This was the British military discipline at work. 25 members of the CEF (Canadian Expeditionary Force) were executed for cowardice or desertion. In 2006 the British Defence Minister pardoned 306 Commonwealth soldiers that were executed for these crimes. Two of the 25 Canadians were not pardoned as they also committed murder. A strange thing considering they were there to kill Germans.
Shell Shock is a mental condition. When the Government created the DVA hospitals (Westminster in London, Ont.; Sunnybrook in Toronto, etc.) they included a Psychiatric wing. In London, the PI (Psychiatric Institute) was a large building with fenced off balconies (to prevent patients from jumping).
As we progress through world wars, police actions and peace keeping deployments, the effects are the same. But now we call it PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
TV shows rarely show the reality. MASH was an attempt to comment about the Vietnam War - Korea and Vietnam were not the same. Hogan's Heroes was quite an amazing thing in that 2 of the prominent NAZI characters were played by Jews.
Despite the American jingoism, shows like Band of Brothers and movies like Saving Private Ryan give real insight to the lives of the ordinary infantryman. If you discount the "love scenes", Paul Gross' Passchendale was a realistic view of the battlefields in Flanders and Arras areas during WW1.
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Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 1 December 2015 at 14:51