Shell shock cover-up at Passchendaele

Taylor Downing reveals an official cover-up of mental illness in the later years of the war. It was not just the scale of the physical casualties that overwhelmed the British Army in the summer of 1916 on the Somme, terrible though these were – 38,000 wounded to be processed through medical facilities on the first day […]

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Battle Maps: Passchendaele, 1917

1916-1917: an infantry revolution 1916 was a year of great offensives – at Verdun and on the Somme – offensives made possible by the creation of ‘total war’ economies able to sustain unprecedented levels of manpower mobilisation and munitions production. But still the decisive victory proved elusive – whether by breakthrough (as the British planned […]