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The Enemy Within

An exploration of the inner lives of women who care for soldier partners who have returned from warzones suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

What happens when your home turns into a combat zone? When the sound of children playing, a kettle whistling, or a car backfiring transports your loved one back to a killing ground in Afghanistan or Iraq?

Night terrors, flashbacks and the hidden cost of war - this Between the Ears explores the inner lives of women who care for former service personnel suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

We hear a delicate and often wrenching patchwork of audio diaries and interviews recorded in kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms at moments when couples hit breaking point or encounter unexpected moments of tenderness. This fierce and intimate portrait reveals the true impact of military campaigns on British families - and the sacrifices made by a generation of women who refuse to give up on the soldiers they love.

Produced by Eleanor McDowall with Matthew Green

A Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 3.

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30 minutes

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Sat 4 Mar 2017 21:30

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