Empty Casing

Empty Casing

A Soldier's Memoir of Sarajevo Under Siege

Book - 2008
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When Canadian soldier Fred Doucette was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina as a UN peacekeeper in 1995, he had a premonition that this tour of duty would be different. He had been posted to Cyprus in the 1970s and 1980s, but the horrors of the Bosnian conflict of the 1990s were beyond imagining.

Doucette takes us to the heart of the conflict as the Bosnian Serb forces launch a massive, concerted assault. Sarajevo, the largely Muslim Bosnian capital, is devastated. Thousands of Sarajevans perish. UN forces, tasked with imposing and maintaining peace between the warring forces, realize this is an impossible task.

Upon his return to Canada, Doucette begins his own war with posttraumatic stress disorder. Nightmares and flashbacks plague his days and nights. Traumatized and disoriented, he must learn to face himself, his family and his army once again.

With raw emotion, Empty Casing tells the story of the making and unmaking of a soldier, and the growth of a man.

Publisher: Vancouver, BC : Douglas & McIntyre, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781553652915
Characteristics: xi, 228 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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Jul 16, 2016

While a somewhat "shielded" memoir of F. Doucette's time in the former Yugoslavia during the Balkans War, this provides for an excellent general account of a Canadian officer's peacekeeping perspective in Sarajevo.

This provides for a good historical read for perhaps ages 10 and up of this humanitarian crisis.

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Jul 16, 2016

poppyriffera thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


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