Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsI was going up with the Russians one night. And I saw the limbers against the skyline and the flares going up, what you see every night, only I seem to be seeing it from the future. A hundred years from now, they'll still be ploughing up skulls. And I seem to be in that time and looking back. I think I saw our ghosts.
Skip to 0 minutes and 37 seconds2014 marks the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. It was a war of unprecedented scale and brutality with countless casualties. We're used to thinking about the men who died in the trenches. What we think less about is the impact of the conflict on those who survived. I'm Dr. Annika Mombauer from The Open University, and I have a particular interest in the history of the First World War. In this course, you'll study the significance of mental and physical trauma in World War I. We'll ask what it was like to live with the loss of a limb or suffer a disfiguring injury.
Skip to 1 minute and 19 secondsYou'll look at shell shock and see how deeply it affected the lives of those who lived through it. No doubt they'll soon get well, the shock and strain having caused their stammering, disconnected talk. Of course, they're longing to go out again, these boys with old scarred faces learning to walk. They'll soon forget their haunted nights, their cowed subjection to the ghosts of friends who died. In this course, you'll see how the First World War was a turning point in our understanding of the effects of war on mental health. You'll see how attitudes to trauma have developed in the 20th Century and how psychological casualties have been treated in more recent conflicts right up to the present day.
Skip to 2 minutes and 19 secondsAnd you'll turn your attention to the different ways in which shell shock and trauma have been represented in literature and art. You'll also question some of the facts and figures often quoted about the First World War. And you'll have a chance to discuss your reactions to what you see with your fellow students.
Skip to 2 minutes and 37 secondsJoin me for World War I: Trauma and Memory.