December 13th, 2010

attempted murder due to mental illness

 I'm writing a novel (set in Western Australia) featuring a character whose mother suffered from post-natal depression when he was a child and was caught trying to drown him.  The novel is set present day, and this happened in my character's childhood, so it would have been roughly 25 years ago.  My question is: if it is ruled that the attempt was as a result of mental illness, what happens to her? Is she found not guilty? Is she taken to a psychiatric  facility? If so, how long and under what circumstances would she be kept? Who would be allowed to visit? 

I've tried googling 'sentencing+attempted murder+mental illness', but haven't had much luck.   

American soldiers experiences in World War 1...

I'm currently writing an AU fanfic set in WW1. My characters are all serving in the US 1st Division, the first troops of the AEF to serve in WW1 on the Western Front. I'm having difficulty getting access to material regarding American troops' experiences in WW1 - I'm in the UK, so a lot of the books and articles I can access are about British troops.

Leave. What would the leave arrangements for American troops have been like? I know a lot of British soldiers went back to Britain on leave, would the Americans as well? Or would they have their leave behind the lines still in France? How long would their leave be? Who would command a company if the captain was on leave? Would the captain of a company and the lieutenant of a platoon likely have leave at the same time?

Injuries. One of my characters (the captain) is shot in the shoulder. I want it to be a fairly minor injury, no muscle or bone damage, no infection. What would his treatment be and how long would he be out before rejoining his company? And again, in his absence who would command it? I imagine in this case, with it being longer-term than leave, another officer might be posted to the command perhaps?

Prisoners-of-War. How would POWs have been treated by the Germans? Were they shipped back to Germany, or kept at camps to do labour? If they'd been injured, would they have received medical care?

I've tried every permutation of AEF and/or doughboys + western front + WW1 or World War One I can think of. I've tried Wikipedia, I've tried JSTOR and my university's journal archives, I've looked at some of the memoirs and books on Project Gutenberg, I've looked at the resources on the official 1st Division Museum site, I've requested what books I can from the British Library.

Wartime Christmas Traditions

Seach terms: england+1943+christmas traditions (and any combination of the three)

My story this time around takes place in England, 1943 during the December holiday season.  It takes place in the Harry Potter universe, so I might have a little bit of leway(?) with this.  Mainly, I want to know what people would have done around this time (with war shortages and everything) for Christmas.  Traditions that would've happened and things like that.  These wizards live in Rye, England, which is a muggle community and therefore wartime shortages affect them (much to Tom Riddle's disgust and anger).

All of these things aside- I want to know what they might've done for christmas dinner and entertainment (I know faintly of christmastide pantomimes, or something like that, from my 8th grade history teacher).

Sorry if I'm a little bit ignorant on the subject- we won't be covering this time period until the end of the year (or next year possibly, judging by how horribly slow this year's history class is going)