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Such an unreal concept to grasp. Much less imagine.
Every time this is posted I wonder if there is documentation that this is indeed a shell shocked soldiers. Could easily just be a photo of a common solider in the trenches but a story grew around about it because of his smile and the way the camera caught his eyes (which may have been enhanced in the photo lab).
Today, when it’s better understood, it’s termed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In WWI and II, some of these soldiers were discriminated against, called cowards. Does the scene of Patton slapping a soldiers helmet off his head come to mind? We know better and anyone who has gone through combat (or even any life-threatening event) potentially has some degree of this. We should all keep that in mind. [Nam-era vet… not in combat but have some buds who were back then]
It sure looks like he’s been through a hell of a lot.
Is shell shock something you can recover from to some degree after leaving the war zone?
This photo always makes me think of SCPs, but in reality it shows a man trying to cope with a literal hell on earth