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Route march in war

Identifier

002527

Type of Spiritual Experience

Hallucination

Number of hallucinations: 20

Background

During the First World War, Corporal Johnstone and his fellow soldiers had marched all day and night with only a half hour break.  They were in extreme danger and were hungry, sleep deprived and mentally exhausted.  The combination of hunger, fear, frenetic exercise and sleep deprivation produced some interesting results………….

A description of the experience

Lance Corporal A Johnstone [Royal Engineers] – London Evening News August 11th 1915

I remember turning to my chums in the ranks and saying ‘Thank God! We are not far off Paris now.  Look at the French cavalry’.  They too saw them quite plainly, but on getting closer, to our surprise the horsemen vanished and gave place to banks of white mist, with clumps of trees and bushes dimly showing through them

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

Concepts, symbols and science items

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Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Commonsteps

References