Up until recently, PTSD was still not quite acknowledged by the military. Only recently were the “unseen wounds of war” taken seriously by the military. In WW2, though, there was a more enlightened attitude towards the mental toll of war than in WW1. Training videos were made addressing the topic in a new light. Instead of being shown in a shameful and punitive light, those videos were focused on recovering the soldier and sending him back to duty. It acknowledged that the soldier could be fixed and wasn’t a coward or broken man. Many had outdated therapies like hypnosis and electro-shock therapies, but the message remained the same, that the soldier could recover and go back to duty no different than if he broke his arm. Here’s a prime example of such a video:
Watch out for some funny scenes! At one part, a soldier talks about his diarrhea!