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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Average American citizens left veterens feeling quite at a loss upon their return home Even if he describes another landscape the exact same way a few dozen pages later. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Eugene Sledge’s book didn’t lessen my love for that time period, nor my awe and gratitude for the men who served I almost immediately took the return flight so I could finish the book, but since my sist Readable!

Few books really convey how hellish war is like this one, and even in his years-later narration, EB Sledge can’t sledgw convey thee his readers the visceral horror he felt, and still remembers. They start collecting war trophies, and gold fillings out of the teeth of Japanese corpses. Then I told myself that God loved us all and that many would die or be ruined physically or mentally or both by the next morning and in the days following.

I thought of home, my parents, my friends-and whether I would do my duty, be wounded and disabled, or olx killed. It was his wife who persuaded him to submit it to a publisher. Mar 03, Dj rated it really liked it. He doesn’t, and olv to find a medic, only for another Marine to walk into the hut and calmly shoot her.

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This page was last edited on 6 Novemberat But in most history books, that’s all waved away with a brief description of casualty figures – in a wargame, it’s a roll of the dice and a flipped cardboard counter.

His description of the life of a marine in wartime is direct, brutal, and honest. Oswalt had been dug in, I asked a man nearby if the word were true about Oswalt being killed. They do not surrender, they will lure American medics to their wounded and then blow themselves and the medics up with grenades.


War is such self-defeating, organized madness the way it destroys a nation’s best. Gone Asiatic Asiatic is a Marine Corps term denoting a singular type of eccentric behavior characteristic of men who had served too long in the Far East.

Apr 03, Gloria rated it it was amazing Shelves: EB Sledge is one of ten men in his regiment who survived Peleliu and Okinawa without ever being wounded.

A truly epic read. Putting their lives at risk at a time when in Europe the war was over at least for the second half of the book in Okinawa. Return to Book Page.

They forged a bond that time would never erase. All in all, I would consider this a must read for anyone that is into the first person revelation of witg war and for those how are interested in combat in the Pacific.

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The Engine 2 Diet: Oxford University Press Amazon. This is without doubt one of the best greed i’ve ever read about the war in the pacific during world war two.

He talks about battle fatigue. Sparad i dina bevakningar.

Sledge enlisted out of patriotism and youthful courage but once he landed on the beach at Okd, it was purely a struggle for survival. Ultimately, I liked or, I dunno, related to or sympathized with Sledge more than Leckie, but that’s neither here nor there. Author Sledge, Sledgehammer, takes you from civilian life to the last days of the war in the Pacific.

Sledge nicknamed Sledgehammer by his fellow Marines is completely honest. We were resigned only to the fact that the Japanese would fight to total extinction on Okinawa, as they had elsewhere, and that Japan would have to be invaded with the same gruesome prospects.

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 Olr, 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.

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 There is no glory in war, in the shedding of another man’s blood; in digging xledge foxhole in a torrential downpour only to uncover the badly decomposing body of a Japanese soldier crawling with maggots; in watching helplessly as four of your slexge retrieve, on a stretcher, a wounded Marine amid machinegun With the Old Breed should be required reading in our classrooms, for this is the brutal reality of war at its most horrific.


It hides nothing about the inhumanity of the Pacific conflict that Sledge was part of but in the end his prose shows a retention of his own humanity. A professor of biology Sometimes we forget that once a trooper, you’re not always a trooper. Another loss for my reading enjoyment is they also have such a close order view of what is going on, that you loose any big pi Let’s start off by saying that in general, I do no care for low-level personal accounts of the war.

View all 11 comments. I have read this book twice, it is a classic account of one Marines experiences in the Pacific during World War 2. Like a true Marine, Breer possessed gifts and talents beyond fighting. Vital, essential, classified work Well, this work sometime included collecting rotten coconuts.

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Sledge wrote starkly of the brutality displayed by Japanese soldiers during the battles and of the hatred that both sides harbored for each other.

We were told this momentous news, but considering our own peril and misery, no one cared much. Likewise, eh they hear that Germany has surrendered, it has little meaning for them – they are still fighting the Japanese, and fully expect that they will have invade Japan itself in what is sure to be the bloodiest sledve yet.

Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori. But Peleliu was different.