Totally off topic, but I really love history. I also go out of my way to read books written not by historians, but by people who were there. When I was young my dad got me hooked on a series of books called the Banton War Book series. They were written by the privates, generals, boat captains, and others who lived the history. Most were based in WW2 and I ended up with a life long interest in the 30's and 40's era.
I was reading over a translated online diary/journal
of a Japanese soldier on Guadalcanal. It was simply a great read and would recommend it for the aspect from his point of view. Anyway. I was reading it and came across this.
In the morning, 27 men including Corp. Yasuno returned from sending back cases to the rear. They couldn't get rice till they had got some at Komimbo. Thank them for their pains. Our provisions didn't come and we had urgent tasks to do. I asked for help from the commander of 2nd battalion, Aoba Detachment. Thanks to his kindness, we got 9 lit. rice and four packs of dried bread. My soldiers were very glad and refreshed. This entreaty was well worth the asking! He also gave us powdered soy sauce. All men of the party had 90 cc rice for gruel.
Powdered what? Well now I have an order to an online store
for a small package of the stuff to try it out. I cannot express the joy I get reading material from those involved. Historians can write some good material, but they leave out the powdered soy sauces and that takes so much away from what gives history flavor...no pun intended.
I'm one of those freaks that enjoyed doing a 15 page report on the changes to tactics brought about due to the change in cannon production when they switched from bronze napoleons to cast and wrought iron in the civil war....I'm a sick puppy.