Deolali transit camp

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Deolali transit camp was a transit camp for British troops in Deolali, India, notorious for its unpleasant environment, boredom, and the psychological problems of soldiers that passed through it. Its name is the origin of the phrase "gone doolally" or "doolally tap", a phrase meaning to 'lose one's mind'.[1][2] 'Tap' may refer to the Urdu word tap, meaning a malarial fever.


  1. ^ Jones, E.; Wessely, S. (2010). "British prisoners-of-war: from resilience to psychological vulnerability: reality or perception". 20th Century British History 21 (2): 163–183. doi:10.1093/tcbh/hwp056. PMID 20695409.  edit
  2. ^ Martin, N. (2006). "The madness at Deolali" (PDF). Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps 152 (2): 94–95. doi:10.1136/jramc-152-02-05. PMID 17175772.  edit

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