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.

The emergence of shell shock in the First World War

There are many colloquial phrases that are used in modern language. Today the phrase ‘shell-shock’ is used to describe being in a state of severe disbelief or surprise. However, did you know that the origin of the phrase goes back as far as the First World War?

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