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When Canadians veterans returned from service, they often suffered post-traumatic stress disorder. But their suffering was frequently not acknowledged.
The following articles originally appeared in our award-winning June-July 2010 issue, a special investigation into shell shock. “WWI: The Great War of the Mind” is an audio excerpt; the full article can be read in our digital archive. “Shell Shock Through the Wars” was a website-only article that includes a photo gallery of propaganda posters.
Military historian Tim Cook explores the history of shell shock, also known as the "storm centre" of military medicine.
Flying Officer Frank Rowan was presumed dead in 1945. Germany's surrender gave him a second chance at life.
Prisoners of war during the Korean War suffered the added injury of having their loyalty called into question.
A disturbing incident in 2002 shoes that the stigma surrounding shell shock in the Canadian military has not gone away.
No one knew how to treat soldiers suffering from shell shock in the First World War, so doctors tried everything including shaming, blaming, and electric shocks.
As the war machine chewed up unit after unit, officials became increasingly desperate to find new recuits. A powerful tool in their recruiting arsenal was the use of propaganda to shame men into fighting.
Canada’s History Archive, featuring The Beaver, is now available for your browsing pleasure!
A champion of women’s rights, Nellie McClung also supported pacifism — until her eldest son signed up to fight.
Canadians rejoiced as Allies defeated Hitler and his Nazis, but for POWs, the end to the war was still a march away.
How a First World War Canadian army doctor came to write a poem that, a hundred years later, continues to stir the hearts of people around the world.