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With The Old Breed At Peleliu And Okinawa epub ´ Paperback õ ✈ [PDF / Epub] ✅ With The Old Breed At Peleliu And Okinawa By Eugene B. Sledge ✸ – Dcmdirect.co.uk 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 iLes at Peleliu and Okinawa Born in Mobile Alabama in and raised on riding hunting fishing and a respect for history and legendary heroes such as George Washington and Daniel Boone Eugene Bondurant Sledge later called Sledgehammer by his The Old Breed eBook #184 Marine Corps buddies joined the Marines the year after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and from to endured the events recorded in this book In those years he passed often painfully from innocence to experienceSledge enlisted out of patriotism idealism and youthful courage but once he landed on the beach at Peleliu it was purely a struggle for survival Based on the notes he kept on slips of paper tucked secretly away in his New Testam Not much can be added to the previous reviews of this excellent book I have read many fine books covering the Pacific campaign during WW2 and so many referred to this book that I had to find a copy for myself It was well worth the time and effort I have since bought a copy for a friend here in Australia and he also ranks it in his top 10 military history books The author offers an insight into what its like to be in combat rarely found in most books nowadays 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 This book cannot be recommended highly enough This has to be one of the best first hand accounts of the fighting in the Pacific during WW2 Anyone serious about military history should have a copy in their library Well done to these brave men who fought and served may they never be forgotten

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In his own book Wartime Paul Fussell Old Breed PDFEPUB #188 called With the Old Breed one of the finest memoirs to emerge from any war John Keegan referred to it in The Second World War as one of the most arresting documents in war literature And Studs Terkel was so fascinated with the story he interviewed its author for his book The Good War What has made EB Sledge's memoir of his experience fighting in the South Pacific during World With The ePUB #220 War II so devastatingly powerful is its sheer honest simplicity and compassionNow including a new introduction by Paul Fussell With the Old Breed presents a stirring personal account of the vitality and bravery of the Marines in the batt Eugene Sledge would seem an unlikely author of what I consider the most powerful memoir of war in the Pacific theater The son of a Mobile Alabama doctor Eugene began his military career as a candidate in an academic college program that would have made him an officer However he deliberately failed to become a Marine assigned to infantry in the Pacific Sledge's account is told in frank straight forward and understated language The Pacific war was a fierce world of barbaric conduct by troops on both sides Sledge understood the ease with which a man could lose his sense of humanity and recognized how close he came to that outcomeSledge uietly states the futility of war and the unnecessary sacrifice of life in the Peleliu campaign The battle had no strategic effect on the outcome of the war The island could have easily been hopped over as other pockets of Japanese resistance were He wroteTo the non combatants and those on the periphery of action the war meant only boredom or occasional excitement but to those who entered the meat grinder itself the war was a netherworld of horror from which escape seemed less and less likely as casualties mounted and the fighting dragged on and on Time had no meaning life had no meaning The fierce struggle for survival in the abyss of Peleliu had eroded the veneer of civilization and made savages of us allSledge adjusted to his return to civilian life with great difficulty He wrote With the Old Breed over a number of years originally intending it to be a memoir to be read by his family Following the war he became a professor of botany and zoology at the University of Montevallo in Alabama His students would have been hard pressed to understand the horrific memories that lay beneath his gentle exterior as he led them on field trips identifying native botanical plantsSledge's story was published in 1981 His story was later central to Ken Burns' series The War His memoir later served as one of the key sources for Spielberg and Hanks HBO series The Pacific Eugene Sledge died in 2001 after a lengthy battle with cancer His memoir of men at war should be read throughout the coming generations by anyone ever inclined to take the matter of war with an attitude of indifferenceDo not think that Sledge should ever be considered a pacifist He should not Nor should his work ever be considered a polemic against any war These are his concluding words Until the millennium arrives and countries cease trying to enslave others it will be necessary to accept one's responsibilities and be willing to make sacrifices for one's country as my comrades did As the troops used to say If the country is good enough to live in it's good enough to fight for With privilege goes responsibility

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With The Old Breed At Peleliu And OkinawaEnt The Old Breed At Peleliu PDFEPUB or he simply and directly recalls those long months mincing no words and sparing no pain The reality of battle meant unbearable heat deafening gunfire The Old Breed At Peleliu PDFEPUB or unimaginable brutality and cruelty the stench of death and above all constant fear Sledge still has nightmares about the bloody muddy month of May on Okinawa But as he also tellingly reveals the bonds of friendship formed then will never be severedSledge's honesty and compassion for the other marines even complete strangers sets him apart as a memoirist of war Read as sobering history or as high adventure With the Old Breed is a moving chronicle of action and courage This might be the best memoir I’ve ever read I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone because war is very very ugly and Sledge doesn’t sugarcoat it 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 But it’s a first hand account so obviously Sledge survived or he wouldn’t have written the book The review is also long because the book gave me lots to think about Imagine yourself stuck in a foxhole It’s been raining for weeks so there’s a puddle at the bottom and you can’t remember the last time your feet were dry You might get a warm cup of coffee or bullion if you heat it yourself but you’ll have to hunch over while you’re heating it so the rain doesn’t put the sterno can out Everything smells awful because maggot infested corpses are everywhere If you sleep it’s by the light of the flares the navy keeps sending up so you’ll see the enemy if they try to infiltrate When you have to get out of your foxhole to haul up ammunition or to get food you’ll be shelled and shot at You’ll also be shot at if you’re carrying someone on a stretcher If you’re the one who’s wounded and the Japanese get you they’ll torture you And if you get killed and if the Japanese end up with your body they will mutilate it Welcome to Okinawa Peleliu isn’t much different—only it’s dry and hot and covered in flies and there aren’t many foxholes because the coral is too hard to dig into On one hand With the Old Breed is a gritty account of island warfare Sledge nicknamed Sledgehammer by his fellow Marines is completely honest He admits he was scared he doesn’t hide that fact that Marines often “field stripped” the enemy dead and the enemy almost dead trust me—Marines ripping out gold teeth is mild compared to what the Japanese did to Marine dead and shows both hatred for the enemy and love for his fellow Marines and their navy corpsmen with one exceptionBut With the Old Breed is than a brutally honest account of Pacific warfare It’s also the story of one man’s struggle to keep his humanity and his sanity in the face of horrible circumstances Sledge is a Southern Christian boy He doesn’t smoke until he arrives in combat and he’s the only person I’ve read who says SNAFU stands for situation normal all fouled up On some level he realizes he’s being trained to be cannon fodder but the shock of combat is still a difficult burden for him to bear the horrible conditions the slaughter the constant fear I was touched by one scene when Sledge is about to pull a few gold teeth out of a Japanese corpse something he had seen others do but hadn’t done himself A corpsman tries to talk him out of it First he suggests that Sledge’s parents wouldn’t like it When that doesn’t work the corpsman says “Think of the germs” Yeah germs on a battlefield—laughable But it’s enough to make Sledge reconsider and keep a little of his humanity It’s not all dark and depressing There were funny moments as well—the men reminding their green lieutenant of his earlier pledge to charge the Japanese with his knife and pistol and turn the tide of war all by himself as said lieutenant is frantically digging a really deep foxhole after his first taste of combat 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 I totally saw that coming but I’ve been sleeping in a dry warm bed instead of a wet foxhole and my sleep isn’t interrupted by shells and threats of Japanese paratroopers 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 The only redeeming factors were my comrades’ incredible bravery and their devotion to each other Marine Corps training taught us to kill efficiently and to try to survive But it also taught us loyalty to each other—and love 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 priceupdate February 2018Just read it for the second time It's one of those books that is worth reading than once and I still consider it a favorite