“It was terrible. Soldiers of both sides used the butt of their rifles to ward off the attackers. The guns were jammed with mud so hand to hand combat began.
A fellow Marine of mine was just curled up in the corner doing nothing and crying. The Germans were coming in with shovels, knives and even a pipe. Marines smashed skulls in with the bottom of their knives and one Marine from Philadelphia broke a jaw with the side of his trench shovel.
I watched Marines fighting for their lives and losing. Carl, a private from Virginia, was locked in a deadlock with a German soldier and was fighting to survive. Eventually the German overpowered him and plunged a knife into his throat and killed him. When the battle was done we was exhausted and tired. Our knuckles were bloody and our faces were cut.”
– US Marines account of the Battle of Belleau Wood. 1918
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