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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On those Pacific islands no one had ever heard of before the war, there was malaria olc vicious biting insects and no facilities at all, and he describes beaches that have become open cesspools, in which the Marines had to sleep and fightwith little cover. Paul Fussell, Donald T. The son of a Mobile, Alabama, doctor, Eugene began his breer career as a candidate in an academic college program that would have made him an officer.

Oops, getting more sentimental here, let’s continue From basic training, to the pre-launch nervous intestinal visits to the head, to landing in the fray of battle and wondering which bullet was going to kill you. The review is also long because the book gave me lots to think about. View all 5 comments. After Nagasaki and Hiroshima the world was never the same.

Nor should his work ever be considered a polemic against any war. Also shows the fanaticism of the Japanese troops and provides essential back One of those books that everyone needs to read – not pleasant reading and full of horrific descriptions but we owe it to what these men went through to read their story.

Sledge witnesses one young Marine cut open the face of a fatally wounded Japanese soldier to pry his gold teeth out of him. The best writings are usually through first hand accounts. While he does pay attention to the day to day grind of the war, he also breaks it up with incidents that in general, he considers to be either humorous or haunting. All in all, I would consider this a must read for anyone that is into the first person revelation of the war and for those how are interested in combat in the Pacific.


It was well worth the time and effort. He perhaps felt I couldn’t understand what he endured. Pacific theater veteran and author E. This book is different from other memoirs because of the detail.

I’m not sure if this was the best book to start expanding my knowledge from a strategic point of view but it is certainly a book I will not forget. Use your imagination, but add “hungry, tired, exhausted to the limits of your endurance, need to shit and there is no toilet or TP or privacy or even a trench anywhere and several thousand men are all crowded together in the same situation and also you’re under heavy shelling and your buddies are getting blown to bits right and left.

No sensationalism here; E. In Sledge’s words, “This was a brutish, primitive hatred, as characteristic of the horror of war in the Pacific as the palm trees and the islands. Few books really convey how hellish war is like this one, and even in his years-later narration, EB Sledge can’t really convey to his readers the visceral horror he felt, and still remembers.

The island could have easily been hopped over as other pockets of Japanese resistance were. I will admit to holding a longstanding fascination with “The Greatest Generation. Larger boys now sit glued before gaming devices doing essentially the same thing, complete with pixellated blood and gore.

Logistikens grunder Kent Lumsden kr. He wrote “With the Old Breed” over a number of years, originally intending it to be a memoir to be read by his family. He calls his NCO over and says he can’t do it.

We know, abstractly, that “a fierce and bloody two-month battle okd Pelelieu” sledye thousands of troops spending months in hellish conditions fighting for their lives, a level of discomfort and fear few of us can imagine.

Anyone seeking to learn of the experiances of a frontline Marine in World War 2, there is no better account. I have read this book twice, it is a classic account of one Marines experiences in the Pacific during World War 2. At one point, Sledge slefge ordered to dig a foxhole at the specified five yards apart, and upon digging, pulls up swarms of maggots.


I don’t think it’s possible to understand what a soldier experiences during war, but this book gets you as a close to it as a book can.

I think sometimes that as civilians we always keep in mind images of war that come from film, that romanticized view of battle, where rather clean and always handsome men in their late 20s or 30s who play young soldiers or Marines in sterile battlefields with no suffering from the silent wounded, made war look like an awesome adventure. He was in the infantry but wasn’t a rifleman, he was a support weapon team member.

He reports the moment, while on Peleliu, that he suddenly heard soedge voice saying “You will survive the war.

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Sledge still has nightmares about “the bloody, muddy month of May on Okinawa. It was hard to sleep that night. I really don’t consider myself military material and would probably chose diplomacy to armed confrontation 99 times out ofbut my father and grandfathers were in the armed forces, so I’ve bered had a healthy respect for soldiers.

The technology that developed the rifle barrel, the machine gun and high explosive shells has turned war into prolonged, subhuman slaughter. Easy to read, very detailed but not boring about the daily life of a marine in the Pacific. Perfect quality came 3 days after order significantly earlier than I expected as it told me to wait 2 weeks.

With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

I had hoped that by sharing his pain a healing could take place. What did I learn from this book? Woth words seemed so ridiculous.