Battle Scars by Jason Fox

Battle Scars by Jason Fox gives an honest account of why he left the UK special forces and what happened afterwards.
Battle Scars by Jason Fox gives an honest account of why he left the UK special forces and what happened next

Many books written by those in special forces (or even the military as a whole) underplay or gloss over the harshness of battle or their own feelings for whatever reason.

Not so Battle Scars by Jason Fox, a former elite soldier in the UK military.

I first came across Jason Fox from watching Inside the Real Narcos’ on Netflix and had little knowledge about the other (more famous) Who Dares Wins show. So Battle Scars was my first proper ‘introduction’ to Jason Fox.

[If you haven’t watched Inside the Real Narcos, I well recommend watching. Fox follows the drug trade in Mexico, Columbia, and Peru and there are some very edgy moments indeed.

You know it’s a different programme when there’s mention of an attached security team giving advice to the ‘host’ and crew. Check it out.].

Battle Scars by Jason Fox is a firsthand account of Fox, a highly trained special forces soldier, who is diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and discharged from the military.

The abrupt departure, depression, relationships, friendships, employment, and life are all explained and examined in detail.

I thought it was a good, tight and very different book to any other ex-special forces books I’ve read. Battle Scars was something far deeper, personal and more difficult to comprehend.

[It left me thinking why, after countless wars, is it that the people at the front end do not get proper care and support from the government after they return to civilian life?]

Battle Scars by Jason Fox (see his website here) is well worth reading as we follow a sometimes harrowing journey as he battles to come to terms with his own issues in a world outside of the military.

Things get better when he takes a job doing something related to the military and Fox goes off and does the most epic row across the Atlantic. Then TV people come along.

Well worth reading and a 5/5.

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