A Study of Suicidal Soldiers in the European Theatre After V-E Day
Kupper W H
30 soldiers who had threatened to attempt suicide or attempted suicide were studied in 1945 in Paris. The purpose of this study was to find reasons for this given the war’s end. 12 typical case histories of the soldiers in this study are given. 25 of the 30 cases were found to be insane (i.e. no good reason for suicidal ideation). The remaining 5 had reactive depression ascribed to logical reasons, none of which were the horrors of war. One soldier committed suicide during the study by hanging.