“A feeling of helplessness and powerlessness that is most depressing.”
is nothing quite so uncomfortable to hear as the near whistle of a shell. The
more you hear the sound the more it affects you. There is something in the
sharp whine which seems to create despair and induce subconscious melancholy.
There is a feeling of helplessness and powerlessness that is most depressing.
The thunder of the guns or the crash of the bursting shells cannot be compared
with the sound of this approaching menace. It is as if some demon from the
depths of Hades were hurtling toward you, its weird laughter crying out,
calling to you and chilling your blood.
Later, after a close call, it is more of a nervous strain. It is
a curious fact that the longer a man has been under shell-fire the harder it is
for him to stand it. This is one of the forms of so-called “shell-shock.“’
ambulance/truck driver in France – The White Road of Mystery – Photo: WW1, France, American ambulance driver Harry Crosby, standing next to his destroyed ambulance. He never recovered from this close call while serving in France and died
in his 31st year in a murder–suicide.