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With the Old Breed kindle » eBook ò 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 Sledge’s acclaimed first person account of fighting at Peleliu and Okinawa returns to Et still filled with fear but no longer with panicBased 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 kill–and came to love–his fellow man This might be the best memoir I’ve ever read I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone because war is very very ugly and Sledge doesn’t sugarcoat it The book follows him through training then to the Pacific outpost of Pavuvu then into the battlefields of Peleliu and Okinawa Warning this review includes some spoilers But it’s a first hand account so obviously Sledge survived or he wouldn’t have written the book The review is also long because the book gave me lots to think about Imagine yourself stuck in a foxhole It’s been raining for weeks so there’s a puddle at the bottom and you can’t remember the last time your feet were dry You might get a warm cup of coffee or bullion if you heat it yourself but you’ll have to hunch over while you’re heating it so the rain doesn’t put the sterno can out Everything smells awful because maggot infested corpses are everywhere If you sleep it’s by the light of the flares the navy keeps sending up so you’ll see the enemy if they try to infiltrate When you have to get out of your foxhole to haul up ammunition or to get food you’ll be shelled and shot at You’ll also be shot at if you’re carrying someone on a stretcher If you’re the one who’s wounded and the Japanese get you they’ll torture you And if you get killed and if the Japanese end up with your body they will mutilate it Welcome to Okinawa Peleliu isn’t much different—only it’s dry and hot and covered in flies and there aren’t many foxholes because the coral is too hard to dig into On one hand With the Old Breed is a gritty account of island warfare Sledge nicknamed Sledgehammer by his fellow Marines is completely honest He admits he was scared he doesn’t hide that fact that Marines often “field stripped” the enemy dead and the enemy almost dead trust me—Marines ripping out gold teeth is mild compared to what the Japanese did to Marine dead and shows both hatred for the enemy and love for his fellow Marines and their navy corpsmen with one exceptionBut With the Old Breed is than a brutally honest account of Pacific warfare It’s also the story of one man’s struggle to keep his humanity and his sanity in the face of horrible circumstances Sledge is a Southern Christian boy He doesn’t smoke until he arrives in combat and he’s the only person I’ve read who says SNAFU stands for situation normal all fouled up On some level he realizes he’s being trained to be cannon fodder but the shock of combat is still a difficult burden for him to bear the horrible conditions the slaughter the constant fear I was touched by one scene when Sledge is about to pull a few gold teeth out of a Japanese corpse something he had seen others do but hadn’t done himself A corpsman tries to talk him out of it First he suggests that Sledge’s parents wouldn’t like it When that doesn’t work the corpsman says “Think of the germs” Yeah germs on a battlefield—laughable But it’s enough to make Sledge reconsider and keep a little of his humanity It’s not all dark and depressing There were funny moments as well—the men reminding their green lieutenant of his earlier pledge to charge the Japanese with his knife and pistol and turn the tide of war all by himself as said lieutenant is frantically digging a really deep foxhole after his first taste of combat Or the part when Sledge decides to take a nap on a stretcher while the graves crews are working and pulls his poncho over his head to keep the rain off Not surprisingly the graves crew almost carts him off with the corpses I totally saw that coming but I’ve been sleeping in a dry warm bed instead of a wet foxhole and my sleep isn’t interrupted by shells and threats of Japanese paratroopers Sledge sums up the book best in his own words War is brutish inglorious and a terrible waste Combat leaves an indelible mark on those who are forced to endure it The only redeeming factors were my comrades’ incredible bravery and their devotion to each other Marine Corps training taught us to kill efficiently and to try to survive But it also taught us loyalty to each other—and love That esprit de corps sustained us A remarkable book and a vivid reminder that even those who are not killed or wounded in combat pay a terrible priceupdate February 2018Just read it for the second time It's one of those books that is worth reading than once and I still consider it a favorite

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Tory and enad of such heroes as George Washington and Daniel Boone Eugene B Sledge became part of the war’s famous 1st Marine Division–3d 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 v Absolutely great book hands down the best memoir of a rifleman Sledge takes you deep into the horrors of being a Marine rifleman in the Pacific campaigns of Pelilu and Okinawa He does not hide any of the grim details that faced thses men daily both physically and mentally After reading this I will not look at European battlefield memoirs in the same way as these men fighting against the fanatical Japanese really went to hell and back Highly recommended to any history buff

Eugene B. Sledge Ä With the Old Breed pdf

With the Old BreedIn 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 Sledge’s acclaimed first person account of fighting at Peleliu and Okinawa returns to thrill edify and inspire a new generationAn Alabama boy steeped in American his With the Old Breed should be reuired reading in our classrooms for this is the brutal reality of war at its most horrific No sensationalism here; E B Sledge merely tells it the way it was There is no glory in war in the shedding of another man's blood; in digging a 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 comrades retrieve on a stretcher a wounded Marine amid machinegun fire If it were me out there Sledge recounts I would want to know I wouldn't be left behind; in enduring a night while being shelled by enemy artillery; in stumbling upon fellow Marines that have been tortured decapitated and butchered in the worst way imaginable; in suffering sleep deprivation from malaria and jungle rot and from hunger thirst and alternately heat and cold This is why war should be avoided at all costs and this is why no one man should ever be given the authority with a flourish of his signature to risk the lives of young men and women My dad fought on Okinawa receiving a citation from the office of the president for his participation in the taking of Shuri Ridge I never knew my dad as a Marine as he retired from the Corps before getting married and starting a family I asked him once when I was a boy to tell me about his service but he refused I asked him again about six and a half years ago during the final year of his life and he again refused I had hoped that by sharing his pain a healing could take place Unfortunately what he saw what he endured died with him Sledge in this memoir of his service on Peleliu and Okinawa told me everything my dad withheld from me This incredible account told with frank detachment is hailed as the best World War II memoir of an enlisted man and with good reason Part adventure part history Sledgehammer not only relates many of the clichés every Hollywood movie depicted on the subject but also everything they left out Thanks Sledgehammer for sharing your story and my dad's with me He perhaps felt I couldn't understand what he endured Perhaps no civilian can Yet after having read With the Old Breed I understand a little better why he was the way he was Your generation is truly the greatest generation