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Episode 221 | Norman McFarlane | Across the Border Surviving the Secret War in Angola

Episode 221 | Norman McFarlane | Across the Border Surviving the Secret War in Angola

In this episode, I chat with Norman about his book, we dive deeply into not just the war but the psychological trauma suffered by so many in the Apartheid days.


Norman was just out of high school when he was conscripted for national service and sent to...


In this episode, I chat with Norman about his book, we dive deeply into not just the war but the psychological trauma suffered by so many in the Apartheid days.

Norman was just out of high school when he was conscripted for national service and sent to Angola. Like so many other ordinary troops, he was thrown into the horror, deprivation and banality of war. He recounts his loss of innocence in Angola, the subsequent ‘camps’ and his journey toward confronting his post-traumatic stress disorder. Told with disarming honesty and humour, he gives voice to a generation of white South African men forced into a grisly, life-defining experience.   Available in digital format here