quotes tagged with 'horror'

That instant penetrated us, our brains, our nerves, our flesh, our spirits, and did not abandon us for many days.

Author: Maria Luisa Perduca-Nurse-Silver Medal of Merit Red Cross 218, Source: Santanu DasSaved by highflyingbabe in experience horror trauma 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The top of his head was split open and his brain was bulging out, suddenly he began to scream, a scream that I soon began to know only too well... it was the sound produced from a human being in a state of agony, which eliminated reason.

Author: Katherine Hodges North-Ambulance Driver WW1 85, Source: Santanu DasSaved by highflyingbabe in body experience horror trauma wound 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

the 'carnage' is being appauling, and we have been practically in it, as far as horrors go.

Author: Anonymous, Source: Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915, 42Saved by highflyingbabe in experience knowledge witness horror trauma 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

You boarded a cattle-truck, armed with a tray of dressings and a pail; the men were lying on straw; had been in trains for several days; most had only been dressed once, and many were gangrenous.

Author: Anonymous, Source: Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915, 22Saved by highflyingbabe in hospital horror wound 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

One could not, he said, continually reflect upon the material and spiritual waste involved whenever that highly trained product, a man in the prime of life, was instantaneously killed by a stray bullet, or life at the front would be one long misery.

Author: Vera Brittain, Source: Testament of Youth, Saved by highflyingbabe in experience knowledge death shield horror trauma futility helpless 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Our "beds" at night were swinging iron cots, made up with the same blankets and mattresses as the sick me had used. Sleep, owing to the stuffy heat and the persistent flies, was almost impossible.

Author: Vera Brittain, Source: Testament of Youth, 300Saved by highflyingbabe in experience hospital horror trauma 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

For me, as for all the world, the War was a tragedy and a vast stupidity, a waste of youth and of time; it betrayed my faith, mocked my love, and irremediably spoilt my career.

Author: Vera Brittain, Source: Testament of Youth, 290Saved by highflyingbabe in death youth horror futility 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

I had not yet realised-as I was later to realise through my own mental surrender-that only a process of complete adaptation, blotting out tastes and talents and even memories, made life sufferable for someone face to face with war at its worst.

Author: Vera Brittain, Source: Testament of Youth, 217Saved by highflyingbabe in hospital shield horror trauma 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Personally, after seeing some of the dreadful things I have to see here, I feel I shall never be the same person again, and wonder if, when the War does end, I shall have forgotten how to laugh. The other day I did involuntarily laugh at something and it felt quite strange.

Author: Vera Brittain, Source: Testament of Youth, 215Saved by highflyingbabe in shield horror trauma wound 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

We all acquired puffy hands, chapped faces, chilblains and swollen ankles, but we seldom actually went sick, somehow managing to remain on duty with colds, bilious attacks, neuralgia, septic fingers and incipient influenza.

Author: Vera Brittain, Source: Testament of Youth, 209-10Saved by highflyingbabe in hospital horror trauma 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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