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Dougie's war : A graphic novel about one soldier’s return from Afghanistan

Glass, Rodge and Turbitt, Dave (2010) Dougie's war : A graphic novel about one soldier’s return from Afghanistan. Freight Books. ISBN 978-0954402488

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Abstract

Dougie Campbell is a Scottish soldier, a veteran of Afghanistan returning home to the south side of Glasgow. He has just left the British Army but cannot forget his experiences of combat. A battle rages inside him as he struggles to adjust to civilian life, trying to live with his memories and understand his need for recognition. As the pressure builds, those closest to Dougie try to intervene to help but fail to anticipate the shocking path he has chosen. Dougies War is a new graphic novel by acclaimed novelist and biographer Rodge Glass and artist Dave Turbitt about the legacy of the war in the Middle East and the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome on returning veterans. A fictional story, but based on meticulously researched real life experiences of Scottish veterans, Dougies War shows that the fight doesn t end when men and women leave military service. Dougie s War is inspired by the classic and highly influential 80s World War 1 comic strip Charleys War, the first to explore the reality of war and what was then called shell shock. Key extracts from Charleys War are included here, together with moving interviews with veterans of conflicts in the Falklands, former Yugoslavia, the first Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan