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With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa (1981)

av E.B. Sledge

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Biography & Autobiography. History. Nonfiction. HTML:Eugene Sledge became more than a legend with his memoir, With The Old Breed. He became a chronicler, a historian, a storyteller who turns the extremes of the war in the Pacificthe terror, the camaraderie, the banal and the extraordinaryinto terms we mortals can grasp.Tom Hanks

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In The Wall Street Journal, Victor Davis Hanson named With the Old Breed one of the top five books on epic twentieth-century battles. Studs Terkel interviewed the author for his definitive oral history, The Good War. Now E. B. Sledges acclaimed first-person account of fighting at Peleliu and Okinawa returns to thrill, edify, and inspire a new generation.

An Alabama boy steeped in American history and enamored of such heroes as George Washington and Daniel Boone, Eugene B. Sledge became part of the wars famous 1st Marine Division3rd 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. By the time Sledge hit the hell of Okinawa, he was a combat vet, still filled with fear but no longer with panic.

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 killand came to lovehis fellow man.

In all the literature on the Second World War, there is not a more honest, realistic or moving memoir than Eugene Sledges. 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 ofnot the good warbut the worst war ever.Ken Burns.
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I was drawn to read this book after watching The Pacific, a gripping dramatization of the US Marines in their struggle to drive back the Japanese empire, specifically in the ghastly battles of Peleliu and Okinawa. It is a grim and straightforward tale, with less story building but more detail. The shocking reality of war and its dehumanizing effects should be made known, and the author achieves that goal with a rare sense of reflective purpose and philosophical tone. He probably gained more perspective in the 30 years before its publication. While I don’t think of this work as a great literary achievement, as a personal memoir it is a very worthwhile read. ( )
  itheodore | Jan 5, 2024 |
E.B.Sledge's With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa, is an outstanding first person, small picture account of war. Sledge doesn't pretend to speak on strategic doctrine or large scale tactical decisions, he only writes about his experiences, in going through boot, infantry training and his 2 assaults in the Pacific. The amphibious assault on Peleliu and Okinawa.

This is an outstanding memoir that neither sugar coats nor overly dramatizes the war, instead if puts the reader in the boots of sledge a Marine mortarmen/infantryman in the Pacific and is a 5 star read and should be a must to book for all interested in the Pacific Theatre. ( )
  dsha67 | Oct 11, 2023 |
I wouldn't call this an 'enjoyable' book but it was certainly interesting. I'd never read a first-hand account of the war in the Pacific so I picked this up based on a recommendation I saw on-line somewhere. I read this as an audiobook so I don't have it in my personal collection. As a personal account of the misery of war, this book doesn't miss much. The hardship faced by the fighting men of the Marines in WWII was simply astonishing. The fact that Sledge survived unharmed after Peleliu and Okinawa is more astounding still. And he had more than his share of close calls.

Plenty of scenes of the depredations of war. I discovered halfway through reading that a good portion of the miniseries The Pacific (on HBO) is based on Sledge's account, and indeed he is featured as one of the main characters in the show. (Casting Remi Malek as Snafu was a mistake, but otherwise the show was very well done.) As I read, I watched the episodes and was fascinated to see the scenes in the show appear almost exactly as described in the book. A particularly chilling sight both in word and on screen was the sound of splashes as a infantryman threw pebbles into the skull of a dead Japanese soldier. I would say that the book does not have what I'd call a 'cinematic' quality to it, but it translated well to the screen - kudos to the screenwriters.

My biggest gripe about the book would be the occasional lapses into troop movements within the theater where my eyes glazed over. If I wanted a regimental history I'd read a different book, but it seemed like Sledge was trying to show the breadth of operations. He also softened the language of the Marines to the extent that it was a little unrealistic at times, but that may have been his editor's doing. There's plenty of what my modern ear considered to be dated (though doubtless accurate) dialogue that just sounds dorky, like "Listen, mac, this man ain't gonna give you the time of day!" Stuff that sounds sanitized and lifted out of a period movie.

I found the writing style to be a little plain as compared to some other war memoirs I've read, but on the whole very readable (listenable). I'm always a little hesitant to judge an audiobook because so much depends on the narrator, and this one did a decent enough job but won't win any prizes. ( )
  jsmick | Apr 18, 2023 |
I read this about 15 years ago and thought that it deserved another re reading and it didn’t disappoint.

This is probably the greatest first person account of war ever written. This autobiography account of the battles Peleliu and Okinawa as seen through the eyes of a Marine on the front lines is breathtakingly honest and just as brutal.

Some of the moments and scenes depicted range from absolutely gruesome to downright heartbreaking.

This is the kind of things I wished they taught in school. The sacrifice people made and what it cost them to allow us to live in this world left behind.

The sheer number of lives lost in these battles is just unbelievable. Second guessers of the usage of the atomic bombs should be required to understand theses battles and what they entailed. For rest assured all who survived these never forgot.

“If the country is good enough to live in, it’s good enough to fight for. With privilege goes responsibility.” ( )
  linusnc | Feb 18, 2023 |
Incredibly well written personal account of a soldier on the ground in the Pacific ... Many of us are fascinated by WWII - this reveals the real horror of it - and the incredible bravery of many.

Highly recommended! ( )
  rjdycus | Dec 19, 2022 |
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The deaths ye died I have watched beside
and the lives ye led were mine

- Rudyard Kipling
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In memory of Capt. Andrew A. Haldane, beloved company commander of K/3/5, and to the Old Breed
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I enlisted in the Marine Corps on 3 December 1942 at Marion, Alabama.
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Biography & Autobiography. History. Nonfiction. HTML:Eugene Sledge became more than a legend with his memoir, With The Old Breed. He became a chronicler, a historian, a storyteller who turns the extremes of the war in the Pacificthe terror, the camaraderie, the banal and the extraordinaryinto terms we mortals can grasp.Tom Hanks

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In The Wall Street Journal, Victor Davis Hanson named With the Old Breed one of the top five books on epic twentieth-century battles. Studs Terkel interviewed the author for his definitive oral history, The Good War. Now E. B. Sledges acclaimed first-person account of fighting at Peleliu and Okinawa returns to thrill, edify, and inspire a new generation.

An Alabama boy steeped in American history and enamored of such heroes as George Washington and Daniel Boone, Eugene B. Sledge became part of the wars famous 1st Marine Division3rd 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. By the time Sledge hit the hell of Okinawa, he was a combat vet, still filled with fear but no longer with panic.

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 killand came to lovehis fellow man.

In all the literature on the Second World War, there is not a more honest, realistic or moving memoir than Eugene Sledges. 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 ofnot the good warbut the worst war ever.Ken Burns.

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