The Armed Forces

By the end of WW1 more than a million British and Empire Forces were among the dead and a further 1.25 million were injured, a fifth of them disabled for life.

Four million soldiers returned home to find a shortage of housing and jobs, and a struggling economy. Despite this they brought the same resolve to peace that they had shown in war, helping to rebuild Britain.

Shell shock: The mental health crisis of WW1

We use many colloquial phrases in Britain today, but have you ever wondered where they come from? The phrase shell shock is a good example, understood in general terms to describe a state of severe disbelief or surprise. It’s one of many phrases that dates back to the First World War.

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