The Invisible Scars of War - Stephen Weiss

Reviews: Praise for Stephen Weiss’s memoires


Major General Julian Thompson, author of Dunkirk, Retreat to Victory:

“on 15th August 1944, Steve Weiss was eighteen years old, a private soldier with the US 36th (Texas) Infantry Division, when he landed in the South of France on Camel Beach, centred on St. Raphael, as part of the Allied Operation Dragoon. During the advance of his unit northwards, he was cut off when and attack in which he was taking part was temporarily repulsed. Rather than retire from the contest, as many young men would have been tempted to do in such disconcerting circumstances in a totally strange country, Steve linked up with French Resistance fighters and Special Forces and continued to take the war to the enemy alongside them. I do not wan to spoil the reader’s enjoyment by relating what followed, except to say that Steve Weiss’s experiences and his later training as a Clinical Psychologist from Goddard College in Vermont, he holds a masters in War studies from King’s College London and a doctorate from the same university. His gallant service with the French Resistance has been recognized by the French Government, which created him a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour. Steve is a Renaissance man, a cultivated brave soldier, and it is a privilege to know him.”


Martin Windrow, author of the Last Valley:

“Among the sores of World War II memoirs that I have read, this book is unique. The careful honesty and insight of Dr. Weiss’s analysis of the remembered experiences and behaviour of this teenage self seems to me to recall no other example except William Manchester’s ‘Goodbye, Darkness’. Weiss might say that he differed from the 90-odd other young replacements who landed with him in Europe only in that he was one of the tiny minority who survived 11 months alive and without serious physical wounds, but in fact he is unusual in many ways. His experiences included both conventional combat and a period of irregular warfare while separated from his infantry battalion by the fortunes of battle. He suffered his own post-traumatic breakdown earlier in life that most of his surviving comrades and – centrally- his later careers as both a qualified psychotherapist and a professional scholar of war studies have enabled him to become a quizzical and understanding friend to the 18-year-old rifleman that he once was.”


Charles Glass, author of Americans in Paris:

“Steve Weiss, a brave soldier during the war, demonstrated greater courage afterward in facing up to the trauma that battered the lives of thousands of ordinary GIs just like him. This is an exciting, astounding story of a young man who came to understand and know himself. This is the war that has, until now, been left out of history.”





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