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The Sven Hassel world classics of war books have sold over 52,000,000 copies.

Monte Cassino No 5 in the Sven Hassel series of novels.

God! How it rained! Everything was sopping. Our mucky rain-capes were long since wet through.
Tiny had also put up his umbrella.
We had finally got the stove from the big house burning and we were getting ready to dine. We had forty starlings which we were roasting on long sticks, and Porta was making marrow-balls. It had taken us two hours to scrape that marrow out of the bones of two dead oxen. We had found some fresh parsley. Gregor Martin knew how to make ketchup, which he was mixing in an American steel helmet. Steel helmets were practical things, capable of being used for lots of purposes. The only thing they were useless for, was the purpose for which they were made.
Then by mistake Heide pissed into the wind and we rolled about with laughter, and we were still laughing as we ran back with our food between the bursting shells.

Once I heard a padre say to one of the staff officers:
-How can they laugh like that?
-If they didn't laugh as they do, the staff officer replied, they would not be able to carry on.

Porta had a masterly hand with marrow-balls. He made only ten at a time, otherwise they went soggy, eating own share in between. We ate over 600 between the nine of us, which is quite a lot, but then we were all night at it.
God, how it rained!

Around the slopes of the holy mountain men fought like wild animals.
These were the men of Hitler’s panzer regiments – the men who didn’t care who won the war – who only wanted to survive.
They lived with fear, and blood, and rats. And when they tried to forget the war they found they could not wash the smell of corpses from their bodies. There was no horror they had not witnessed, no degradation they would not suffer if only they could survive the holocaust – the searing hell that was MONTE CASSINO.
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