Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Landing on the beach at Peleliu in as a twenty-year-old new recruit to the US Marines, Eugene Sledge can only try desperately to survive. At Peleliu and Okinawa - two of the fiercest and filthiest Pacific battles of WWII - he witnesses the dehumanising brutality displayed by both sides and the animal hatred that each soldier has for his enemy.
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He became a chronicler, a historian, a storyteller who turns the extremes of the war in the Pacific--the terror, the camaraderie, the banal and the extraordinary--into terms we mortals can grasp. Studs Terkel interviewed the author for his definitive oral history, The Good War.
Now E. Sledge's acclaimed first-person account of fighting at Peleliu and Okinawa returns to thrill, edify, and inspire a new generation. Sledge became part of the war's famous 1st Marine Divisionrd Battalion, 5th Marines. Even after intense training, he was shocked to be thrown into the battle of Peleliu, where "the world was a nightmare of flashes, explosions, and snapping bullets. Based on notes Sledge secretly kept in a copy of the New Testament, With the Old Breed captures with utter simplicity and searing honesty the experience of a soldier in the fierce Pacific Theater.
Here is what saved, threatened, and changed his life. Here, too, is the story of how he learned to hate and kill--and came to love--his fellow man. This is the real deal, the real war: unvarnished, brutal, without a shred of sentimentality or false patriotism, a profound primer on what it actually was like to be in that war. It is a classic that will outlive all the armchair generals' safe accounts of--not the 'good war'--but the worst war ever.
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Marine Corps. Following the Japanese surrender, Sledge served in China as part of the occupation force. Upon his return home, he obtained a Ph. Sledge initially wrote about his war experiences to explain them to his family, but he was persuaded by his wife to seek publication. Sledge died on March 3, Customers who bought this item also bought.
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Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. When I was in the military, my commander had a 'recommemded reading' list, which I ignored. I read this after watching the HBO miniseries that was partially based on this book. I was really surprised at how faithful they were to this account. This is very well written, and as a grown man who is also a veteran, I am not afraid to admit that it made me cry a few times.
A lot of documentaries I have seen and books i have read have looked at things from an almost sterile, strategic perspective. A detailed account from a first-hand source is probably a better way to understand the horrors of the island campaigns.
I won't say this is a fun book to read war is terrifying , but I'd recommend it to anyone in the armed forces. Also, if you are in the military, don't let your mom read this. She'll worry. He came back with a box of medals and never spoke about what he had survived.
Only after reading this book did I understand his silence on what he had experienced. Sledge's elegant prose describes battles that are metaphors for hell. With the Old Breed allowed me to understand much of these veterans endured. A painful read and an essential one. I call this story timeless, not because I'm a military expert by any means, but for the following two reasons. In researching my genealogy I came across a wartime diary kept by one of my ancestors, a confederate infantryman in the Civil War.
I could literally replace many of the passages about Sledgehammer's experience with passages from my ancestor's diary. They are almost eerily similar. In addition, the son of one of my husband's co-workers is a Navy S. The passage from this book describing the difficulty faced by Marines who went directly from battle back home could have been written by our friend's son.
Again, it is eerily similar. I was stunned by how the basic experiences of a front line soldier, spread over years, and whether facing an enemy of one's own culture or of a foreign culture are the same. I have always had tremendous respect for our military men, but after reading this book my viewpoint is forever changed to something deeper than words can convey.
I can understand now why he very seldom spoke of his wartime experience, and when he did, he only told funny stories. I'm recommending this book to my adult children for insight into what their grandfather, and friends who currently serve, have experienced. The book follows him through training, then to the Pacific outpost of Pavuvu, then into the battlefields of Peleliu and Okinawa.
Warning: this review includes some spoilers. The review is also long because the book gave me lots to think about. Imagine yourself stuck in a foxhole. Everything smells awful, because maggot-infested corpses are everywhere. And if you get killed, and if the Japanese end up with your body, they will mutilate it. Welcome to Okinawa. On one hand, With the Old Breed is a gritty account of island warfare. Sledge nicknamed Sledgehammer by his fellow Marines is completely honest.
But With the Old Breed is more than a brutally honest account of Pacific warfare. Sledge is a Southern, Christian boy. A corpsman tries to talk him out of it.
Or the part when Sledge decides to take a nap on a stretcher while the graves crews are working, and pulls his poncho over his head to keep the rain off. Not surprisingly, the graves crew almost carts him off with the corpses. Sledge sums up the book best in his own words: War is brutish, inglorious, and a terrible waste. Combat leaves an indelible mark on those who are forced to endure it. Marine Corps training taught us to kill efficiently and to try to survive.
That esprit de corps sustained us. A remarkable book, and a vivid reminder that even those who are not killed or wounded in combat pay a terrible price. Possibly the best insight on an individuals perspective from WWII that you can possibly find.
You hear so much of the European front that it is such a shock reading from an Americans perspective about the Pacific Theater. He manages to depict the hatred and savagery between Marines and Japanese, the horror and brutality of war, and the change that happens within the individuals around him including himself.
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Look Inside. He became a chronicler, a historian, a storyteller who turns the extremes of the war in the Pacific—the terror, the camaraderie, the banal and the extraordinary—into terms we mortals can grasp. Studs Terkel interviewed the author for his definitive oral history, The Good War. Now E. Based on notes Sledge secretly kept in a copy of the New Testament, With the Old Breed captures with utter simplicity and searing honesty the experience of a soldier in the fierce Pacific Theater.
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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? He became a chronicler, a historian, a storyteller who turns the extremes of the war in the Pacific--the terror, the camaraderie, the banal and the extraordinary--into terms we mortals can grasp. Studs Terkel interviewed the author for his definitive oral history, The Good War. Now E. Sledge's acclaimed first-person account of fighting at Peleliu and Okinawa returns to thrill, edify, and inspire a new generation. Sledge became part of the war's famous 1st Marine Divisionrd Battalion, 5th Marines.
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