"I was exhausted, but I could not sleep. The professor of greek came to find me. He was depressed. Even his battalion had attacked, far left, and been destroyed, like ours. He spoke to me with his eyes closed. - I'm afraid to go mad, - he said. - I go crazy. Someday, I will kill myself. You have to kill yourself.
I did not know to tell him anything. I felt the waves of madness come closer and disappear. At times, I could hear the lapping of the brain in the skull, like water shaken in a bottle." (From Un anno sull'altopiano, by Emilio Lussu).
The use of photography and camera gave us hundreds of pictures and movies about the so-called "madmen of war", the soldiers victims of shells shock or those that today are called post-traumatic stress disorders. However, the madness of war finds too many examples in art and literature. With paintings by George Grosz and Otto Dix, in novels such as the forerunner Red Laugh of Leonid Andreev, Under Fire by Henri Barbusse or All quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque.