10 Haunting Photos Of Soldiers’ Faces Taken Before, During And After The War

War never determines who is right, it only determines the ones who are left.

For countless years we’ve seen casualties of war, soldiers who’ve had numerous physical injuries as well as scars that last a life. Till the twentieth century little was known about the psychological effects of war on troopers and it wasn’t until soldiers were analyzed mentally that we started to understand what had happened to them. You can’t possibly imagine the effect of war on soldiers.

It is possible to have heard about psychological disorders linked with war, like shell shock or Combat Stress Reaction as it is otherwise known. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an analysis made by physicians on a daily basis for patients who’ve suffered major traumas like rape or an automobile accident.

It’d been due to soldiers of the Vietnam war that the illness was discovered, however their signs were interchangeable with war veterans from centuries before. The actual psychological effects of war on soldiers may be distressing and it appears so unfair to the friends as well as family of veterans that after all they happen to be through, they continue to endure.

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and shell shock are basically manifestations of the brain’s efforts to deal with injury and failing to do so satisfactorily. With Posttraumatic stress disorder in soldiers, the sufferer will frequently remember and re go through the specific injury of war, maybe when they dream, or when they think or shut their eyes.

Hallucinations are not unusual either, with soldiers feeling as though they’re back in the terrible war surroundings during sleep, when intoxicated or on drugs and even during ordinary wakefulness. It is no real surprise, once you comprehend the stress that soldiers encounter during warfare, which they think it is difficult to be the same, psychologically, ever again.


Some might say that their inability to form shut bonds with family members is due to the connection with near death and the concern that they’ll leave someone behind. The psychological aftereffects of war on soldiers very frequently hinders their future accomplishments also as they think it is difficult to imagine or plan. Veterans of war who experience Posttraumatic stress disorder without adequate counseling and care frequently don’t marry or have kids, perhaps because they’ve experienced near death and have serious trouble letting go of the idea which they might die any day. War can be and has been shown to be a deeply scarring go through for many soldiers.

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To show the drastic effects of war on soldiers, Photographer Lalage Snow followed the soldiers of 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland for seven months. He photographed and interviewed the soldiers before, during, and after their duty in Afghanistan. Their faces tell what they have been through, the toll of fighting has changed them, their eyes tell the story of violence and brutality they have seen.

The photographs are part of a 7-month-long project titled “We Are The Not Dead“. The purpose of this project is to shed light on the physical and mental effects of the war on soldiers.

There are no unwounded soldiers in war. It changes people. It leaves them scarred.

It’s the old men who declare wars, but it’s the young men who pay the price.

The reason we civilians are able to enjoy our time safe and sound is because the soldiers sacrifice their time for us.

These brave men paid the ultimate price of pain and death for the freedom of their nation.

These great men gave away their tomorrow for our today.

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.

They fight not for the politics or leaders, but for their countrymen.

They gave the ultimate sacrifice, just for us, for the things they love.

The martyred soldiers’ silence sing the national anthem.

Not all superheroes wear capes.

Their bravery will always keep inspiring us.


Let’s admire them and pray for their safe return, and for their families.

Only the dead have seen the end of war.

If we don’t end war then the war will end us.

We respect you, we love you, and we salute you.

As per a report of Deployment Health Clinical Center, soldiers who have fought in Iran and Afghanistan are 30% more likely to suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury while PTSD can affect around 30% of soldiers as well. But luckily there are many military programs, organisations for these soldiers to help them in re-adjusting to civilian life. Many resources are available which can help them in overcoming PTSD.

So guys what do you think about the adverse effects of the war on the mental health on our war veterans. Feel free to express your views and opinions in the comments. Don’t forget to share this article with your friends.

Anshay Tomar
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