My Private War

My Private War

by Norman Bussel


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The vivid and emotional story of one soldier's heroic struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder.

1944: Norm Bussel, an introspective and happy-go-lucky teen from Memphis, finds himself bailing out of a burning B-17 bomber just months after his 19th birthday. Touching-down in a field outside Berlin, Norm was immediately seized by local farmhands, who were in the process of lynching him when a passing German soldier put a stop to the execution. For the next year, Norm would struggle to survive at the hands of the Nazis as a prisoner of war.

And that is when the rage began. Rage that he and his fellow captives were cold and starving, their wounds and illnesses left untreated. Rage that men were shot without warning. The rage and emotional turmoil he suffered during that year of hell would follow him home, denying him the peace and stability he and his loved ones longed for. This is one soldier's searing and honest story of his battle with post-traumatic stress disorder. A battle that speaks to the hearts and minds of veterans of all wars who find themselves with liberated bodies but captive minds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605980157
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 11/08/2008
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.07(d)

About the Author

On April 29, 1944, Norman Bussel was shot down over Berlin and held prisoner at Stalag Luft. A year later, he was liberated by General Patton’s tank corps, but would spend the next several decades battling the crippling effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Bussel lives in upstate New York.

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JacksDaughter More than 1 year ago
Thank you, Mr. Bussel! As the daughter of a former POW (my father was held captive in Korea for almost three years), I am grateful that you wrote your story. I know all too well about the devastating effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on our veterans and their families. Unless one is affected personally, it is difficult to comprehend how damaging a war can be to one's physical, mental, and spiritual being. How foolish for anyone to believe that a war can actually be won! Not when the minds of our veterans remain "forever chained".