Psychological Affects (British Soldiers Post Ww1)

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Following World War One, various European countries were affected. The British soldiers were well trained to fight, but soon after the war, experienced the consequences of their actions. Throughout the war, British methods of indoctrination involved intensive training in infantry, where soldiers were trained and equipped to fight on foot, engineering where soldiers were skilled in the operation of heavy mechanical equipment; and artillery, where soldiers began incorporating guns with large calibers, instead of the machine gun. Consequently, since the British had undergone instruction on how to fight effectively, they deceivingly felt they were highly prepared for the war. Yet following the war, many British soldiers had suffered from psychological consequences, including their shell-shock that had greatly impacted their ability to participate in the post-war economy. Returning veterans, ill or healthy, were met with feelings of estrangement as a consequence of their time spent away, and were often left confused by unfamiliar surroundings. These factors resulted in a difficult home-coming from a war that stunned many soldiers, left serious psychological impacts and drastically changed the lives of the soldiers and their immediate families. On August 7th of 1914, an attempt to increase the number of British soldiers was made. Much preparing for the front was needed. Kitchener’s Army, led by Lord Marshall Kitchener had requested for 100,000 volunteers and surprisingly the army was met with little resistance. “The crowd of applicants was so large and so persistent,” The Times reported on a recruiting office from London. Although there was no cheering or excitement, ‘there was an undercurrent of enthusiasm, and the disappointment of those who failed to pass one or other of the tests was obvious.’ Volunteers were usually less than a hundred a day but were now joining

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