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Psychological War Wounds

  The concept of psychological war wounds was new at the time, and doctors scrambled to find effective treatments for their charges. Major Arthur Hurst pioneered a regimen for sufferers of shellshock at Netley Hospital that boasted a 90 percent success rate. A major aspect of his treatment was occupational therapy, and his charges worked…

Crafting and Shellshock

    Not long after the fighting started, soldiers began showing symptoms of a strange new affliction. They became disoriented and confused. They developed tremors, limping, and paralysis that had no physical cause. At first, commands assumed that the men were trying to escape the fighting, and many were charged with cowardice or malingering and punished. Some…

Food and Morale

Food also, however, affected the morale of the soldiers on a day to day basis and helped them to remember home.  British army rations included tea and jam and the French soldiers maintained a daily allowance of red wine for much of the war (up to 3/4 of a liter per day in 1916). In…

Propaganda

  Propaganda is the use of information to sway the public’s opinion on a current political topic. Propaganda is biased and used to mislead the viewer to accept a one-sided point of view. Although propaganda was nothing new, World War I was the first time the organized dissemination of information was used on a large…