World Battlefronts: Proof of the Serpent

In the Pacific war, U.S. forces have always been handicapped by a dearth of accurate information. One minor example: intelligence officers warned that Okinawa was crawling with poisonous snakes, especially the habu, deadlier than a rattler. Last week some marines reported news of one of the few snakes so far discovered on Okinawa. The habu, cut into fillets and fried, made pretty good eating, the marines said.

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