With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa on Apple BooksPerfect quality came 3 days after order significantly earlier than I expected as it told me to wait 2 weeks. Been wanting to read this for quite some time. Donate to the Wounded Warrior Project when you order!!! I fell in love with so many of the characters and craved more about the battles they fought. This book was With the Old Breed, at Peleliu and Okinawa. Eugene Bondurant Sledge.
With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours. Finding libraries that hold this item 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. 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. You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.
Textbooks, documentaries, and even Hollywood productions have proven to be accurate as to the details of this theater of war. Nothing, however, can substitute for a first-person narrative presented by an enlisted man who fought on the front lines; the best of which is E. It took him more than three decades for him to muster the ability to relate his experience to the public. In , Eugene Sledge was a nineteen year old boy who romanticized war. As he was born in Mobile Alabama in , Civil war veterans were still alive to regale young boys with their stories of battle for the Old South.
This modern classic of military history has been called "one of the most important personal accounts of war that I have ever read" by distinguished historian John Keegan.
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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. The novel formed part of the basis of the material covered by the documentaries The War and The Pacific. By his own account, Sledge began writing the memoir in , "immediately after Peleliu while we were in rest camp on Pavuvu Island " and continued working on it "as soon as I returned to civilian life" in The book was first published under its final title by the Presidio Press in His memoir is a front-line account of infantry combat in the Pacific War. It brings the reader into the island hopping , the jungle heat and rain, the filth and malaise, the fear of potential " banzai attacks ," and the hopelessness and loss of humanity that so uniquely characterized the campaign in the Pacific.
Now 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 battles 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 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 experience. Sledge 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 Testament, he simply and directly recalls those long months, mincing no words and sparing no pain. The reality of battle meant unbearable heat, deafening gunfire, 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.