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of all, in the disintegration of those qualities through
which they had been so gallant and selfless and un-
complaining—this, in the finer types of men, was the
unspeakable tragedy of shell-shock; it was in this that
their humanity had been outraged by those explosives
which were sanctioned and glorified by the Churches;
it was thus that their self-sacrifice was mocked and
maltreated—they, who in the name of righteousness
had been sent out to maim and slaughter their fellow-
men. In the name of civilization these soldiers had
been martyred, and it remained for civilization to
prove that their martyrdom wasn't a dirty swindle.