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Diary of a Kiwi Soldier in World War II by Cecil Coughlan (edited by Garrie Coughlan).

Cecil Coughlan was a bookbinder from Dunedin and a keen sportsman who, in January 1944, was drafted to serve as a war medic in Italy. His diary tells of the journey by ship via Australia to Egypt and Italy - and the sense of impending doom as the troops approached the frontline at Cassino. In a mix of reflection on the intimate details of daily life and graphic accounts of the dead and wounded ('Awful sights I'm seeing. Dead men haunt me at night. War is awful.'), Cecil evokes the horror and the ultimate futility of war.

Small softcovered book. As new condition. Published in 2006. Illustrated with some b&w photographs.

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