Marines and delirium tremens.

“And then we found a Japanese warehouse. It was located not far from our location on the beach. There were boxes of excellent Japanese beer, bottles of much stronger drinks, neatly packed in straw skirts. Soon the dirty road parallel to the coastline, became the Eastern Highway, along which the grinning marines scurried about with pleasant luggage.
Food was also found in the warehouse — flour, rice, and also small cans with fish heads — this terrible, in my opinion, Japanese delicacy. But no one was interested in food.

Marines and delirium tremens. fire, Smooth-faced, exactly, moment, just so that, small, collapsed, Smooth-faced, when, very, kitchen, alcohol, shelf, bottle, transports, food, too, somewhere, again

By the way, each department itself was engaged in its own food. We had flour, canned food, sugar, and coffee — all of this was taken from food piles hurriedly unloaded from transports. Our ship caught fire on the day we landed, the burning plane crashed right onto the deck.
We did not have a battalion kitchen, and small kitchens of branches were located all along the shore.The supply was the best; everything that could be stolen somewhere was brought here.
Considering the above, as well as the amount of sake and beer, we spent a wonderful week. And then the alcohol came to an end, and the major took control of everything related to food.
Marines and delirium tremens. fire, Smooth-faced, exactly, moment, just so that, small, collapsed, Smooth-faced, when, very, kitchen, alcohol, shelf, bottle, transports, food, too, somewhere, again

What a great week it has been! Very tasty way to fight. Laughing, Healthy, Runner and I buried our stocks of alcohol deep in the sand, to the place where the sea licked him with their long, wet tongue and where it was cool.
It was our emergency reserve, and no one except us could touch it. So the four of us drank almost everything without sharing with anyone. Only very rarely did the drunk wake up our generosity. Then our regiment arrived.
We sat and chatted about everything. It was not easy to pour sake from large heavy bottles into cups, so we passed the bottle to each other, taking turns taking a sip from it, like Indians smoking a pipe of the world. But this method of drinking required a certain dexterity.
Marines and delirium tremens. fire, Smooth-faced, exactly, moment, just so that, small, collapsed, Smooth-faced, when, very, kitchen, alcohol, shelf, bottle, transports, food, too, somewhere, again

The first thing to do was to hold a large, uncomfortable bottle between the knees, then bend over it so that the lips of the bottle were wrapped around the lips, after which it remained only to roll onto its back, allowing cool white moisture to flow down the throat.
After one of these gatherings, I, not too firmly on my feet, retired to the sleeping room, in other words, walked a couple of steps away from the guys who were sitting in a circle and collapsed into a small depression, which I had dug in the ground beforehand. High above me, the palm fronds moved sluggishly, giving the impression that a warm, starry tropical night was barely audible breathing.
I fell asleep. I woke up feeling that some large insects were buzzing and whistling somewhere nearby. A few minutes later I realized that these were bullets, rolled over and fell asleep again, very upset that the Japanese did find us. Such was the power of sake. In the morning, the reason for the shooting was clarified. It turns out that two companies of the 5th Regiment fired, taking each other as an enemy.
Marines and delirium tremens.fire, Smooth-faced, exactly, moment, just so that, small, collapsed, Smooth-faced, when, very, kitchen, alcohol, shelf, bottle, transports, food, too, somewhere, again

In the morning the beer went very well. It was full of the coolness of the night and the darkness of the sea under the sands. At Stump beer did not linger. It’s not that he drank a lot, he just drank it too fast, although it’s probably the same thing.
He struggled to his feet, got out of the shadows and collapsed at the very moment when the sun touched his head. We carefully covered his body with palm leaves, and put an empty bottle of sake on his chest.
That day we ran out of alcohol. I was among those who traveled deep into the island through coconut groves and overgrown to the point where we were supposed to protect Heidersop Field.
That day we, having joined the bayonets, walked through the sea to the forest, for which the round red sun had just fallen. Corporal Smooth-faced walked behind Bezadogo. Gladkolitsy was drunk - drank the rest of sake.
He walked swaying slightly and seemed quite content with life when he suddenly lowered his rifle, rushed at Bezadogo with a scream, and poked him with a bayonet into the part that was below the back.
At the first moment we decided that Gladkolitsy killed him, because Bezadiy let out a cry, which can only be a cry of a dying person. Fortunately for the soldier, the limited size of the target did not allow the drunken corporal to get right on target.
The bayonet pierced his pants without even scratching the flesh. The unfortunate suffered not at all from the sharp surface of the bayonet, but from the impact of a solid rifle barrel.
Marines and delirium tremens. fire, Smooth-faced, exactly, moment, just so that, small, collapsed, Smooth-faced, when, very, kitchen, alcohol, shelf, bottle, transports, food, too, somewhere, again

Gladkolitsyu what happened so funny that he even had to sit down to laugh at most. When he got up again, an artillery battery stood somewhere in the jungle.
Our 75-mm howitzers fired at an unknown target. As a matter of fact, they fired quite often, and it was never possible to say for sure whether they were simply shooting territory or firing at the enemy. But the sudden roar of field batteries always got on my nerves, even if you know for sure that your guns are.
Smooth-faced bared his little even teeth, with an animal roar turned his rifle in the direction of firing and opened fire. This was the end of the career of Corporal Gladkolnogo on Guadalcanal. He was taken under protection.
But he decided to leave the last word after himself. When they put him in the back seat of the captain jeep, he rose to his feet and declared with great dignity: “I will not go in the car of the captain's rank!”
Marines and delirium tremens. fire, Smooth-faced, exactly, moment, just so that, small, collapsed, Smooth-faced, when, very, kitchen, alcohol, shelf, bottle, transports, food, too, somewhere, again

At this very moment the jeep jumped forward, and Gladkolitsy was thrown out of the car. Having made an intricate somersault, he landed, but failed - he broke his ankle, - and was sent to the hospital. On the same night, one of the very rare transports landed on the airfield and was evacuated to New Zealand.
There he was cured, a little held in the guardhouse, and eventually released to go out among the luxuries of Auckland.Gladkolice’s broken ankle, although it was not a wound received in a fair fight, was still the very first of those “light wounds” so desired for all veterans.
The extra holes and cuts on the body took the man out of the battles and returned to the numerous benefits of civilization. "- From the memories of the marine soldier Robert Leyka (company N of the 2nd battalion of the 1st regiment of the 1st division of the marines).

Marines and delirium tremens. fire, Smooth-faced, exactly, moment, just so that, small, collapsed, Smooth-faced, when, very, kitchen, alcohol, shelf, bottle, transports, food, too, somewhere, again

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