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This is a second-hand hardcover book. Signed by the author on the title page.

Condition: The dust jacket has surface rubbing, and curling to the top edge on the front. There is a name and date written tidily at the top of the first page. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean and bright.

The dimensions: 312x238mm.
Pages: 295
Publisher: Reed
Publication date: 2006 first edition

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I Didn’t Have a Choice
By John Johnston

An ordinary soldier’s story of the Second World War

Once in the army we would be disciplined, shouted at, ordered about, told what to do. There was no argument; we just did as we were told. We didn't have a choice.

This book is about soldiers, but it is not about fighting. John Johnston says it is about `the ordinary, everyday soldier...just like me.' It is not a record of battles fought but a record of the thoughts and longings of the men John was stationed with, and what they endured.

When John returned from the Middle East his vast and astounding collection of photographs, which were taken while in the New Zealand Army stationed in Egypt, was put into storage.

In 2000 John began writing his war story. Knowing he would need images to accompany this record, he sought out his collection. Sixty years after they were taken, his photographs were rediscovered, bringing with them a bank of memories not often spoken about.

The combination of John's lively text, stunning imagery and wonderfully executed paintings gives readers the chance to get a soldier's view of a country that, during the Second World War, seemed a million miles away from New Zealand.

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