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Thread #80804   Message #1536361
Posted By: Wilfried Schaum
06-Aug-05 - 10:10 AM
Thread Name: Songs about the Great War (WWI)
Subject: RE: Songs about the Great War
Re: punkoid, may 12, 2005 -

The disease described here was known by the troops as shell shock. It needed about three years of grim warfare until it was recognized as heavy a mental disturbance and not cowardice.
I'm on furlough now, but I'll look up my source when I'm back at university.
Methinks there is not a bit of poetical license in it; it is correct in its description. Based on truth it is one of the most moving songs about this theme.