Douglas & McIntyre
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Book details:

February 2008
ISBN 978-1-55365-291-5
Hardcover
6" x 9"
256 pages
14 page section b&w photographs
$34.95 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

Empty Casing

A Soldier's Memoir of Sarajevo Under Seige

After suffering gut-wrenching experiences during the Bosnian war, a soldier is left to struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder.


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.

About the Author

Fred  Doucette

Fred Doucette

Frederick Joseph Doucette joined the Canadian Army Militia in 1968, and was posted to the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment as an Infantryman ...

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