Am just reading EB Sledge's "With the Old Breed" about the USMC and the Pacific fighting on Peleilu and Okinawa. All the Sven-isms are here: - Gold teeth being extracted from enemy corpses (and in one case, a live Jap); -Hand-to-hand fighting in foxholes with knives; -The terror of close-range artillery fire; -The horrific effect of bullets, artillery, blast, flamethrowers, etc, on human bodies; -Officers brave, and officers stupid -Looting and high-jinks while off-duty. There are two key areas where Sledge is differentiated from Hassel: - Sledge is a good writer - "With The Old Breed" it a true story. Read this and you will come out with a tremendous respect for the USMC in the Pacific. Recommended.