Life for men who did not fight in WW1

Men suffering from shell shock were put on trial to get sent to prison to be a labor worker, and even killed, for military crimes which were desertion and cowardice. While it was known that the stresses of war could cause men to break down, a lasting episode was likely to be seen as symptomatic of an underlying lack of character. For example, in his testimony to the post-war Royal Commission examining shell-shock, said that shell-shock was a weakness and was not found in “good” units. The continued pressure to avoid the medicalisation of shell shock meant that it was not, in itself, a reasonable defence.

Challenges people faced

Germany’s economy had suffered due to large sums of money demanded by other European countries. A lot of women had took jobs that men were supposed to do. They joined the police, became post-women, drove buses and vans, worked in farming, and worked in munitions factories, which was very dangerous work. Some women worked overseas with the army as nurses or drivers. A lot of women though seem to have enjoyed the challenges of these jobs, and found their work interesting.

What advantages were there to being at war?

The war gave women a chance to show everyone what they can do. They had gained respect and were treated equally as men. It allowed men to be independent and responsible. It gave them a job, and a duty to their country. Men gained respect and honor by fighting and were seen as ‘heroes’.

Source A: “God has not put me on this Earth to go destroying His children.”

Source A was quoted by Bert Brocklesby on 4th August 1914, to show people that his religion was more important than fighting in a war.

By: Amr&Tj

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