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Our blind veterans' stories feature in military book sequel

Published on 28 Oct 2021

The British Modern Military History Society have launched Glimpses of War: Volume 2.

Following an overwhelming amount of contributions for Glimpses of War: Volume 1, the group of military enthusiasts felt compelled to release a sequel.

Glimpses of War: Volume 2 contains a series of personal and family accounts showing the heroism, tragedy, hardship and resilience of soldiers and civilians during wartime.

It includes accounts from both World Wars, Aden, and more recent conflicts in the Falklands, Northern Ireland, and Afghanistan, among stories from our very own blind veterans.

Illustration of a military ship from Glimpses of War Volume 2 front cover
Front cover: Glimpses of War, Volume 2

Foreword by Colin Williamson, President of Blind Veterans UK.

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Blind veteran Simon wearing a navy suit, with his military medals and beret
Simon Brown, blind veteran

Blind veteran Simon recounts his life and his experiences of the incidents that led to him losing his sight near Basra in Iraq in 2006.

He says:

“When I do talks one of the questions I'm asked is ‘What's the scariest thing about being in a war, about being on a battlefield?’. They all think that the scariest thing is getting killed, but that's number three.

"The first one is getting your mate killed and the second one is doing something that you have to live with. Then losing your own life is number three.

"So yes, that transition was difficult, but I came back from Iraq in 2003 and I was fine. There were a lot of people who weren't, and unfortunately the mental scars are often worse than the physical ones. I know that from personal experience, as my mental scars come from Kosovo.​”

Glimpses of War: Volume 2 is available on Amazon, with 50% of royalties donated to Blind Veterans UK.
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