In The Wall Street Journal, Victor Davis Hanson named With the Old Breed one of Now E. B. Sledge’s acclaimed first-person account of fighting at Peleliu and. In his own book, Wartime, Paul Fussell called With the Old Breed “one of the finest memoirs to emerge from any war.” John Keegan referred to it in The Second. WITH THE OLD BREED At Peleliu and Okinawa By E.B. Sledge Illustrated. pages. Ballantine Books. $ Eugene Bondurant Sledge.
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But Peleliu was different.
Saving Lives From Dunkirk To Afghanistana splendid book about combat medics earlier this year and it was highly recommended. We just wished that people back home could understand how lucky they were and stop complaining about trivial inconveniences. The memoir is based on notes Sledge kept tucked away in a pocket-sized Bible he carried with him during battles he fought at Peleliu and Okinawa.
His account is equally harrowing and full of details that were mined for the HBO series. Pacific theater veteran and author E. Oct 20, Bou rated it really liked it Shelves: In Sledge’s words, “This was a brutish, primitive hatred, as characteristic of the horror of war in the Pacific as the palm trees and the islands. The technology that developed the rifle barrel, the machine gun and high explosive shells has turned war into prolonged, subhuman slaughter.
For better or worse, this is a micro, not a macro, view of one Marine’s combat experience on the Pacific islands during WWII. Based on the notes he kept on slips of paper tucked secretly away in his New Testament, he simply and directly recalls those long months, mincing no words and sparing no pain. Sledge’s memoirs also depict a fanatical, military enemy–much like today’s fanatical “Islamsists”–that is difficult for post WWII generations to connect with Japan, our current friend, ally and trading partner.
It never before occurred to me that under those conditions, there is no way to dispense of human waste. There are so many passages I highlighted, too many to include.
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This book is different from other memoirs because of the detail. Men tumble to the bottom of ravines and have to climb out, covered with maggots because the bottom of the ravine was filled with rotting corpses.
This is an honest, at times sad and occassionaly funny, look at the life of a combat Marine during the final battles in the Pacific. The narrative presents a very detailed and gripping account.
With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by Eugene B. Sledge
Views Read Edit View history. This is why war should be avoided at all costs, and this is why no one man should ever be given the authority, with a flourish of his signature, to risk the lives of young men and women. Nov 16, J. Refresh and try again. Donate to the Wounded Warrior Project when you order!!! I asked him once, when I wity a boy, to tell me about his service, but he refused. He also describes the behavior of some Marines towards dead Japanese, including the removal of gold teeth from Japanese corpses and, in one case, a severely wounded but still living Japanese soldieras well as other macabre trophy-taking.
With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
All in all, I would consider brded a must read for anyone that is into the first person revelation of the war and for those how are interested in combat in the Pacific. Quotes from With the Old Bree They really couldn’t care less about what happened in Europe.
The following may not be a review after all, it’s me pouring my thoughts on this book. Physical Discomfort Think about the worst discomfort you’ve ever felt. Why did it go on and on? I have read this book twice, it is a classic account of one Marines experiences in the Pacific during World War 2.
I believe it does. And the gore, oh how could I ever forget about the gore of souvenir hunters. I had trouble putting this brutal but heartfelt book down. If you have even a passing interest in WWII or just enjoy reading about the human spirit as it is tested in the worst of circumstance, you have to read this book.
He did not know about the underground fortifications, and the shelling, for all the noise and destruction, which should have practically scoured the island of Japanese, in fact barely touched them.
Sledge’s story was published in With the Old Breed, at Peleliu and Okinawa. I don’t need to add anything to the other reviews of my fellow Goodreads members. This makes for a very interesting and informative read.