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WW1: A rather pensive British laddie caught by the photographer near Mons, undated. Trench warfare was brutal and unforgiving, Hundreds of thousands returned home with what is today identified as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, yet the literature contains scant information about postwar psychological troubles with violent outcomes. Different times, different people.

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150 years of the London underground – in pictures

Soldiers returning home on the London Underground after the end of the second world war, 1945

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Trooper Bert Main and Songster (the oldest horse to serve in WW1) in France 1915. Photo © Loughborough Carillon Tower and War Memorial Museum (This image is licensed under Creative Commons BY NC SA)

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WW1. The surprising thing to me is not the number of men who understandably broke down in this hell-hole, but the number who did not.

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A German soldier returns to his home in Frankfurt after the end of WWII to find that "home" is gone.

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The man who returned his grandfather’s looted art

The Oba of Benin Ovonramwen in 1897. Exiled to Calabar in south-eastern Nigeria, after a British court acquitted him of the killings of seven british emissaries that sparked retaiiatry british attacks. But by the time the monarchy was restored in 1914, the independent kingdom of Benin no longer existed - it had become part of Nigeria, which was then a British colony.

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WWI, 1916; A Russian soldier returning home. Credit: Sputnik/AKG-Images

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