With The Old Breed - E.B Sledge. Kindle Ed. Now 99p @ amazon
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With The Old Breed - E.B Sledge. Kindle Ed. Now 99p @ amazon

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Found 12th Mar
A very good book.

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The inspiration behind the HBO series THE PACIFIC

This was a brutish, primitive hatred, as characteristic of the horror of war in the Pacific as the palm trees and the islands...

Landing on the beach at Peleliu in 1944 as a twenty-year-old new recruit to the US Marines, Eugene Sledge can only try desperately to survive. At Peleliu and Okinawa - two of the fiercest and filthiest Pacific battles of WWII - he witnesses the dehumanising brutality displayed by both sides and the animal hatred that each soldier has for his enemy.

During temporary lapses in the fighting, conditions on the islands mean that the Marines often can’t wash, stay dry, dig latrines, or even find time to eat. Suffering from constant fear, fatigue, and filth, the struggle of simply living in a combat zone is utterly debilitating.

Yet despite horrendous conditions Sledge finds time to keep notes that he would later turn into a book. Described as one of the finest memoirs to emerge from any war, With the Old Breed tells with compassion and honesty of the cruelty, bravery and deaths of the men he fought alongside, and of his own journey from patriotic innocence to battle-scarred veteran.

‘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 Pacific - the terror, the camaraderie, the banal and the extraordinary - into terms we mortals can grasp’ Tom Hanks
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Great book I read it a couple of years ago.



Anyone that has watched 'The Pacific' will recognise the name - Eugene Sledge
Edited by: "teh.arn" 12th Mar
Why cold? Great book as is Helmet for my Pillow by Robert Leckie - also featured in The Pacific
I have read this and Helmet for my Pillow both excellent reads. Recommended to anyone who likes Stephen Ambrose type books.
Chippy84 h, 42 m ago

I have read this and Helmet for my Pillow both excellent reads. …I have read this and Helmet for my Pillow both excellent reads. Recommended to anyone who likes Stephen Ambrose type books.


Try ‘If You Survive’ or DDay through the eyes of the Germans. The latter is a two parter and pretty vicious reading
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