"Memoirs..." is the kind of work that appeals even to people who have no interest in war, the military, or nationalist issues. I sometimes think that this work was created exactly for those people. It shows, sometimes graphically, the humanity of the most extreme conflict of this dying century. It reminds all that soldiers, officers, friend and foe, are people who have looked into the abyss and found the will to survive. This book will move even the most jaded heart. The only true pacifists are those that die so we may live.