I've got to stop reading these war novels. I feel like I want to scream and cry after reading them.
I would just like to say, for those who said they were adding 'Matterhorn' to their list, that I feel that this was even more powerful. 'Matterhorn', for all of its qualities, does not possess the character development that 'Fields of Fire' does; in short, I didn't feel attachments to more than a few characters in 'Matterhorn', whereas in Webb's novel every character has a nickname, a story. Time is spent on who these guys are and why they do what they do. Their backgrounds. The supporting characters (Phony, Bagger, Cat Man, Baby Cakes, Cannonball), they all have their stories, and when shit hits the fan, it cuts you to the core to see what happens to these guys.