The Manchester Guardian published a highly poetic account of the celebrations and claimed that in the Cenotaph's vicinity 'a light was shining in the daylight like a light on an altar'. At first it appeared 'a tiny object in the distance, but as the procession went on with all its separate associations of great deeds done and of those who had died in doing them, it loomed larger and larger in people's minds.'
The report in the Morning Post was positively mystical: Near the memorial there were moments of silence when the dead seemed very near, when one almost heard the passage of countless wings - were not the fallen gathering in their hosts to receive their comrades' salute and take their share in the triumph they had died to win?
The Times judged that 'no feature of the Victory March in London made a deeper or worthier impression than the Cenotaph . . .'
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It gradually became obvious to some doctors that that some men at the front were suffering from non-physical injuries from what became know as shell-shock.
Some doctors argued that the only cure for shell-shock was a complete rest away from the fighting. Officer were likely to be sent back home to recuperate but the army was less sympathetic to ordinary soldiers with shell-shock. Some senior officers took the view that these men were cowards who were trying to get out of fighting.
Between 1914 and 1918 the British Army identified 80,000 men (2% of those who saw active service) as suffering from shell-shock. many more soldiers with these symptoms were classified as 'malingerers' and sent back to the front-line. Some these committed suicide; some broke down under the pressure and refused to obey the orders, some deserted. Sometimes soldiers who disobeyed orders were shot on the spot, some were court-martialled. 304 British soldiers were executed.