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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If you saw the mini-series “The Pacific” you will recognize beeed scenes. It is with the same amazement I look at my own father’s face smiling at the camera from someplace in the Philippines, lanky and skinny with his barely shaving 20 year old face looking at me, years before he met my Mom, before he returned stateside in to hhe in the Army Air Sledve. To Eugene Sledge, and to the many others who have fought and many who have died to preserve for us so many things we take for granted If in some smothering dreams you too could pace Behind the wagon that we flung him in, And watch the white eyes writhing in his face, His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin; If you could hear, at every jolt, the brede Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs, Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,– My friend, you would not tell with such high zest To children ardent for some desperate glory, The old Lie: Probably not right place to begin, but, more than anything, this book was the perfect companion to Leckie’s equally graphic, disturbing, compelling, shocking, gut-wrenching, and poignant, Helmet For My Pillow.

With the Old Breed

If you ever wondered why the men of the greatest generation — the survivors of the Pacific theater — are going to their graves with a deep-seated hatred in their hearts for all things that are Japanese, you need to read this book. They are almost always among the bravest and most dedicated part of a unit.


I had trouble putting this tthe but heartfelt book down. He watched the chaplain with an expression of skepticism that seemed to ask, “What’s the use of all olr I almost immediately took the return flight so I could finish the book, but since my sist Readable! I am inspired to read an overview of the Pacific theater and the battles to gain a greater understanding of the decision for some of these battles that were in obscure places like the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.

Quotes from With the Old Bree His description of the life of a marine in wartime is direct, brutal, and honest. At Peleliu and Okinawa is the classic story of modern ground combat and amphibious warfare. War is such self-defeating, organized madness the way it destroys a nation’s best.

But what really sets this apart are the author’s honest descriptions of how he felt and his motivations in combat – comradeship, bravery, anger, fear. Marine Corps came in for a great deal of undeserved criticism in my opinion, from well-meaning persons who did not comprehend the magnitude of stress and horror that combat can be.

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db Sledge’s memoir of his experience fighting in the South Pacific during World War II so devastatingly powerful is its sheer honest simplicity and compassion. Then one day Sledge himself starts pulling a gold tooth out of a corpse. An appropriate read for Memorial Day weekend. The toll on American soldiers, Japanese soldiers and Japanese civilians would have been astronomic if America had been forced to invade.

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As horrific as his experiences were, as often as he had to watch his friends and comrades die, he summed up his thoughts thusly: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Sledge witnesses one young Marine cut open the face of a fatally wounded Japanese soldier to pry his gold teeth out of him. Retrieved from ” https: Then she grabs his rifle and points it at her forehead, begging him to pull the trigger.


Read as sobering history or as high adventure, With the Old Breed is a moving chronicle of action and courage.

With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

With the Old Breed: Sledge describes one instance in which he and a comrade came across the mutilated bodies of three Marines, butchered and with severed genitals stuffed into their mouths. I always look with wonder at the young faces, these virtual boys who struggled in horrid conditions and sacrificed so much. They dug a small city of tunnels and caves beneath the coral mountains of this island, and set up pillboxes and machine gun nests to cover every approach, so no matter where the Marines landed, they would immediately be exposed to withering fire.

Dec 28, Laura rated it it was amazing. Been wanting to read this for quite some time. His story was later central to Ken Burns’ series, “The War.

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But Peleliu was different. They really were extraordinary young men. These are his concluding words: Author Sledge, Sledgehammer, takes you from civilian life to the last days of the war in the Pacific. Fortunately for us, this memoir was made public and I found it to be an moving account of one mans journey through his time as a Marine and his experiences of two brutal battles, Peleliu and Okinawa. He doesn’t talk much about his own nightmares or PTSD, if he had any, only about the horrible loss he felt when his friends died, the horrible waste of life he perceived all around him, the regret that any of this had to happen at all.

He talks about battle fatigue. Belongs on the permanent war history shelf. Sledge initially is able to feel some empathy for the Japanese troops who he knows are men like him, fighting in conditions just as miserable as his own.

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