Operational and Hostile Action Deaths For the period 01 January 1948 to 31 December 2021, there were two (2) years where there were no operational deaths among UK Armed Forces personnel: For the same period, there were twelve (12) years where there were no hostile action deaths (see below) among UK Armed Forces personnel: Defence… Read More
An Overview the War Office Selection Boards
Introduction War Office Selection Boards, or WOSBs, (pronounced Wosbees) were a scheme devised by British Army psychiatrists during World War II to select potential officers for the British Army. They replaced an earlier method, the Command Interview Board, and were the precursors to today’s Army Officer Selection Boards. The WOSBs were also later adapted to… Read More
Civil Resettlement Units: Getting in Shape for Civvy Street
Introduction Civil Resettlement Units, or CRUs, was a scheme created during the Second World War by Royal Army Medical Corps psychiatrists to help British Army servicemen who had been prisoners of war (POWs) to return to civilian life, and to help their families and communities to adjust to having them back. Units were set up… Read More
Who was Thomas Forrest Main?
Introduction Thomas Forrest Main (1911-1990) was a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who coined the term ‘therapeutic community’. He is particularly remembered for his often cited paper, The Ailment (1957). Life Thomas Main was born on 25 February 1911 in Johannesburg, where his father was a mine manager who had emigrated there from England. At the start… Read More
A Brief Overview of Hollymoor Hospital
Introduction Hollymoor Hospital was a psychiatric hospital located at Tessall Lane, Northfield in Birmingham, England, and is famous primarily for the work on group psychotherapy that took place there in the years of the Second World War. It closed in 1994. Brief History Construction and Expansion The hospital, which was designed by William Martin and… Read More
What is the Expeditionary Medical Support System (US)?
Introduction The Expeditionary Medical Support System (EMEDS) is a modular field hospital system developed by the US military for mobile deployment of medical treatment facilities in any location. EMEDS consists of a variety of modular, medical response packages and equipment that can be used in multiple geographical operations and situations such as wartime contingencies, humanitarian… Read More
Camp Lejeune Exposure – How Military Veterans Can Seek Relief
Introduction The Camp Lejeune water contamination crisis is one of the worst environmental disasters ever. Countless military members, their families, and residents living in the area from 1953-1987 suffered due to toxins in the drinking water. The worst part is that they never had the faintest idea of the threat of the contaminated water they… Read More
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