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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Nazi Germany might as well have been on the moon. Retrieved from ” https: Marine Corps training taught us to kill efficiently and to try to survive.

He perhaps felt I couldn’t understand what he endured. He calls his NCO over and says he can’t do it. Like a true Marine, Sledge possessed gifts and talents beyond fighting. And on hearing of the surrender of Japan and the ending of the war: To see dith your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

This makes for a very interesting and informative read. Trivia About With the Old Bree Eugene Sledge, after the war, became a professor of biology at a university in Alabama.


With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

They really couldn’t care less about what happened in Europe. He only realizes afterwards that the corpsman wasn’t really worried about disease – he recognized that Sledge was about to cross a moral threshold, and talked him out of it.

Instead, I want to highlight wiyh few sentences from the book that in my mind capture the book as a whole: Jun 25, Holly rated it really liked it Shelves: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Logistikens wih Kent Lumsden kr. The Pacific war was a fierce world of barbaric conduct by troops on both sides. The memoir is based on notes Sledge kept tucked away in a pocket-sized Bible he carried with him during battles he fought at Peleliu and Okinawa.

I thought of home, my parents, my friends-and whether I would do my duty, be wounded and disabled, or be killed. References to this book Seeing the Elephant: It was hard to sleep that night.

I asked him again, about six and a half years ago, during the final year of his life, and he again refused. Your generation is truly the greatest generation. Sledge gives such a wide-eyed and earnest account of his combat experience in two of the worst battles of WWII, that his hyperbolic language almost threatens to undermine the impact of his story.


The author is very literate, more so than myself by any reckoning, but he doesn’t have a style that makes it seem like it is being done by a professional writer. I concluded that it was impossible for me to be killed, because God loved me. So many bright futures consigned to the ashes of the past.

With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by Eugene B. Sledge

I have read many fine books covering the Pacific campaign during WW2 and so many referred to this book that I had to find a copy for myself. There are problems with dropping the atomic bomb.

Thanks, Sledgehammer, for sharing your story, and my dad’s, with me. 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.

Books by Eugene B. War is brutish, inglorious, and a terrible waste. These days many years after they were publishedI can’t imagine that many military history readers consume one without the other and, in retrospect, I wish I had read them closer together.