The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands Quotes.

1. "Colonel Shoup, who wore a mask of dust and dirt like every other marine on the island, summed up the situation that afternoon: Well, I think we’re winning, but the bastards have got a lot of bullets left. I think we’ll clean up tomorrow.57 He was plainly exhausted, having slept not at all the previous night. He was still bleeding through his bandage. His report to General Julian Smith would enter Marine Corps lore: Casualties many; percentage of dead not known; combat efficiency: We are winning."
- Ian W. Toll, The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands

2. "It was decided to leave her where she lay. She lies there"
- Ian W. Toll, The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands

3. "Throughout the Pacific, one could find an illicit trade in torpedo juice, the high-proof fuel used in torpedoes. Beer was usually rationed at two cans a week. When a larger quantity of beer was obtained by backhanded means, it could be chilled by taking it to high altitude for thirty minutes. Pilots would provide that service in exchange for a share of the spoils."
- Ian W. Toll, The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands

4. "Lieutenant (jg) Ralph Hanks, an Iowa pig farmer before the war, became an ace in a day by shooting down five Zeros in a single skirmish. In a fifteen-minute air engagement, his throttle never left the firewall and his Hellcat surpassed 400 knots in a diving attack. Hanks had to stand on his rudder pedals and use his entire upper-body strength to keep his stick under control. Intense g-forces caused him to black out several times. This first massed encounter of Zeros and Hellcats did not bode well for the future of the now-obsolete Japanese fighter plane."
- Ian W. Toll, The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands

5. "As is almost always the case with the Army, and often with the Marines, it was very difficult to get enough men to unload boats, even slowly, he told Spruance on November 30. As soon as the troops debarked from the LSTs and APs, they simply evaporated. Boats would lie at the pier for hours on end without a pound moving, while those garrison troops were out sightseeing."
- Ian W. Toll, The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands

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