With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa

With the Old Breed  at Peleliu and Okinawa

Memoir of the author's experience fighting in too of thebattles of the South Pacific during World War II.

Author: Eugene Bondurant Sledge

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0195067142

Category: History

Page: 326

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Memoir of the author's experience fighting in too of thebattles of the South Pacific during World War II.
Categories: History

With the Old Breed

With the Old Breed

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.

Author: Eugene B Sledge

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781409003076

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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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
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

China Marine

China Marine

Originally published: Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, c2002.

Author: E. B. Sledge

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195167764

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 167

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Originally published: Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, c2002.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Twenty Two on Peleliu

Twenty Two on Peleliu

This is the wild and remarkable story of an “Old Breed” Marine—his youth in the Great Depression, his training and combat in the Pacific, and his life after the war, told in his own words.

Author: George Peto

Publisher: Casemate

ISBN: 9781612005287

Category: History

Page: 368

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A memoir of a tough childhood—and tough combat—by an “adventurous, lively, outspoken, opinionated” WWII Marine veteran (Columbus Dispatch). On September 15, 1944, the US First Marine Division landed on a small island in the Central Pacific called Peleliu as a prelude to the liberation of the Philippines. Among the first wave of Marines that hit the beach that day was twenty-two-year-old George Peto. Growing up on an Ohio farm, George always preferred being outdoors and exploring. This made school a challenge, but his hunting, fishing, and trapping skills helped put food on his family’s table. As a poor teenager living in a rough area, he got into regular brawls, and he found holding down a job hard because of his wanderlust. After working out west with the CCC, he decided that joining the Marines offered him the opportunity for adventure, plus three square meals a day—so he and his brother joined the Corps in 1941, just a few months before Pearl Harbor. Following boot camp and training, he was initially assigned to various guard units until he was shipped out to the Pacific and assigned to the 1st Marines. His first combat experience was the landing at Finschhaven, followed by Cape Gloucester. Then as a Forward Observer, he went ashore in one of the lead amtracs at Peleliu and saw fierce fighting for a week before the regiment was relieved due to massive casualties. Six months later, his division became the immediate reserve for the initial landing on Okinawa. They encountered no resistance when they came ashore, but would go on to fight on Okinawa for over six months. This is the wild and remarkable story of an “Old Breed” Marine—his youth in the Great Depression, his training and combat in the Pacific, and his life after the war, told in his own words.
Categories: History

Summary of Eugene B Sledge s With the Old Breed

Summary of Eugene B  Sledge s With the Old Breed

Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book.

Author: Milkyway Media

Publisher: Milkyway Media

ISBN:

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 81

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Book Preview: #1 The 1st Marine Division’s assault on the Central Pacific island of Peleliu was a relatively minor engagement in the overall perspective of World War II, but for the men who were there, it was a bloody, wearying, and painful engagement. #2 I enlisted in the Marine Corps on 3 December 1942 at Marion, Alabama. I had the month of June at home in Mobile before I had to report to Georgia Tech in Atlanta for training as an officer. Life at Georgia Tech was easy and comfortable, and I didn’t know there was a war going on. #3 The Dago people – as those who were going to San Diego were called – boarded a train in Atlanta. We were on our way to war at last. The trip was uneventful, but interesting. We had never been west before, and we enjoyed the scenery. #4 When we arrived in San Diego, we were greeted by a gruff first sergeant who told us which buses to board. We were then taken to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, where we were greeted by our drill instructor, Corporal Doherty.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

World War II Memoirs The Pacific Theater LOA 351

World War II Memoirs  The Pacific Theater  LOA  351

In one volume, three unforgettable memoirs that capture the brutality, fear, and heroism of the American land, air, and sea war in the Pacific. “Every generation is a secret society,” former Marine pilot Samuel Hynes wrote. “The ...

Author: E. B. Sledge

Publisher: Library of America

ISBN: 9781598537048

Category: History

Page: 794

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In one volume, three unforgettable memoirs that capture the brutality, fear, and heroism of the American land, air, and sea war in the Pacific. “Every generation is a secret society,” former Marine pilot Samuel Hynes wrote. “The secret that my generation—the one that came of age during the Second World War—shared was simply the war itself.” This volume brings together the powerful memoirs of three Americans who came of age fighting in the Pacific and who survived to tell their stories. Remarkable literary achievements that capture history with the immediacy of lived experience, all three—presented here in an illustrated collector’s edition—are classics of the modern literature of war. In With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa (1981) Marine veteran E. B. Sledge bears unflinching witness to the horror, fear, and degradation of prolonged close-quarters combat. A mortarman serving in a front-line rifle company, Sledge survived thirty days of nightmarish fighting on the remote coral island of Peleliu, where heat, thirst, filth, and fear and hatred of the Japanese “eroded the veneer of civilization and made savages of us all.” On Okinawa he faced an even greater test of endurance amid deep mud, driving rain, and incessant shelling, as men “fought and bled in an environment so degrading I believed we had been flung into hell’s own cesspool.” Written with precision and clarity, Sledge’s memoir is a haunting testament to his struggle to hold on to decency and sanity, and a moving tribute to the esprit de corps of the U.S. Marines. Flights of Passage (1988) is Samuel Hynes’ evocative and elegiac memoir of his “fairly ordinary flying war.” A “true believer in the religion of flight,” he writes with lyricism, candor, and humor about the joys and dangers of his stateside training as a dive-bomber pilot, the beauty and excitement he experienced flying in combat over the Ryukyu Islands, and his wartime education in the realities of friendship, sex, love, and sudden, random death. Alvin Kernan enlisted in the Navy in 1941 at age seventeen to escape life on a failing Wyoming ranch. Crossing the Line (1994, revised 2007) is a vividly written account of his remarkable service on three aircraft carriers, first as an aviation ordnanceman and then as an air gunner. A perceptive and thoughtful observer of the sailor’s life at sea and on shore, Kernan witnessed the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor attack and the launching of the Doolittle Raid, armed planes at Midway, survived the sinking of the Hornet, and flew on the final mission of the fighter ace Butch O’Hare. With thirty-two pages of photographs and endpaper maps.
Categories: History

Brotherhood of Heroes

Brotherhood of Heroes

The Marines at Peleliu, 1944 -- The Bloodiest Battle of the Pacific War Bill Sloan ... interviews with Burgin, Leyden, Jim McEnery, and Fred Miller provided personal insights, as did Sledge's With the Old Breed at Peleliu and Okinawa.

Author: Bill Sloan

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743284608

Category: History

Page: 400

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This Band of Brothers for the Pacific is the gut-wrenching and ultimately triumphant story of the Marines' most ferocious—yet largely forgotten—battle of World War II. Between September 15 and October 15, 1944, the First Marine Division suffered more than 6,500 casualties fighting on a hellish little coral island in the Pacific. Peleliu was the setting for one of the most savage struggles of modern times, a true killing ground that has been all but forgotten—until now. Drawing on interviews with Peleliu veterans, Bill Sloan's gripping narrative seamlessly weaves together the experiences of the men who were there, producing a vivid and unflinching tableau of the twenty-four-hour-a-day nightmare of Peleliu. Emotionally moving and gripping in its depictions of combat, Brotherhood of Heroes rescues the Corps's bloodiest battle from obscurity and does honor to the Marines who fought it.
Categories: History

The Costs of War

The Costs of War

I recently received a letter from an Air Force man who had been stationed on Okinawa, and he said he read my book, With The Old Breed. At Peleliu and Okinawa. He said he examined the ground on a particular ridge we defended during a ...

Author: John Denson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351484459

Category: History

Page: 450

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The greatest accomplishment of Western civilization is arguably the achievement of individual liberty through limits on the power of the state. In the war-torn twentieth century, we rarely hear that one of the main costs of armed conflict is long-term loss of liberty to winners and losers alike. Beyond the obvious and direct costs of dead and wounded soldiers, there is the lifetime struggle of veterans to live with their nightmares and their injuries; the hidden economic costs of inflation, debts, and taxes; and more generally the damages caused to our culture, our morality, and to civilization at large. The new edition is now available in paperback, with a number of new essays. It represents a large-scale collective effort to pierce the veils of myth and propaganda to reveal the true costs of war, above all, the cost to liberty.Central to this volume are the views of Ludwig von Mises on war and foreign policy. Mises argued that war, along with colonialism and imperialism, is the greatest enemy of freedom and prosperity, and that peace throughout the world cannot be achieved until the central governments of the major nations become limited in scope and power. In the spirit of these theorems by Mises, the contributors to this volume consider the costs of war generally and assess specific corrosive effects of major American wars since the Revolution. The first section includes chapters on the theoretical and institutional dimensions of the relationship between war and society, including conscription, infringements on freedom, the military as an engine of social change, war and literature, and the right of citizens to bear arms. The second group includes reconsiderations of Lincoln and Churchill, an analysis of the anti-interventionist idea in American politics, a discussion of the meaning of the "just war," an assessment of how World War I changed the course of Western civilization, and finally two eyewitness accounts of the true horrors of actual combat by
Categories: History

The Old Breed

The Old Breed

History of the First Marine Division in World War II.

Author: George McMillan

Publisher:

ISBN: IND:30000054470798

Category: World War, 1939-1945

Page: 483

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History of the First Marine Division in World War II.
Categories: World War, 1939-1945